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Sens host Pens for Round 1 of playoffs starting Wednesday

Monday, 04.9.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / 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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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 75 20 41 7 61
K. Turris 75 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 73 19 34 13 53
B. Ryan 71 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 72 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 73 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 55 13 14 -11 27
D. Legwand 73 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 69 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49