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Monday, 09.04.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Sens host Pens for Round 1 of playoffs starting Wednesday
The Ottawa Senators will have home-ice advantage against NHL-leading scorer Sidney Crosby, above, and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Photo: P. MacCallum/Getty Images/NHLI

by Todd Anderson

With a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins to close out the 2006-07 NHL regular season on Saturday, the Ottawa Senators secured home-ice advantage for their first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The series will kick off on Wednesday in Ottawa and resumes for Game 2 on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Scotiabank Place.

Senators head coach Bryan Murray says fans will be treated to an exciting series against Pittsburgh.

"We know offensively they're a very gifted hockey team. They've shown they can play from behind or in front. We know that they've got the exciting future in the NHL in Crosby and (Evgeni) Malkin and (Jordan) Staal and people of that nature.

"I think it's a good match. I think both teams have the ability to score, both teams have depth offensively. It'll be exciting hockey."

The Senators played to a 1-1-2 record against the Penguins this year. Before a 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh last week, Ottawa won 6-3 on Nov. 10 and then lost a pair of shootout games 5-4 and 4-3 on March 6 and 18, respectively.

Goaltender Ray Emery has started the last three games against Pittsburgh and, after being thrust into his first NHL playoff action last year, he feels better prepared this time around.

"Last year gave me a taste of things, and I was just excited to play," Emery says. "I realized there's a tiny margin between succeeding and packing your stuff up. I'm excited about the opportunity of redeeming myself from last year. I like the challenge of having key guys (on Pittsburgh) to shut down."

Click here for more information on Senators tickets for Round 1 against Pittsburgh.

If you're going to the game, be sure to pick up your copy of Bodycheck magazine while visiting Scotiabank Place for in-depth feature articles, Senators player bios and game-day lineups for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Click here for the Senators' schedule for Round 1.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
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5 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 61 15 33 2 48
B. Ryan 57 16 31 10 47
K. Turris 61 15 28 -5 43
M. Hoffman 58 23 17 25 40
M. Stone 59 15 24 10 39
M. Zibanejad 59 16 18 4 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 56 11 14 -2 25
D. Legwand 59 8 14 -4 22
A. Chiasson 55 9 12 -8 21
 
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C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02