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Senators primed for Game 2

Saturday, 28.04.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators primed for Game 2
Senators forward Dany Heatley leads Ottawa with seven points in the playoffs. Heatley and the Senators are gunning for a 2-0 series lead on the Devils tonight.

by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators are playing for a 2-0 playoff series lead tonight when they visit the New Jersey Devils for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

"They'll be a desperate team," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson says of the Devils. "They know if they go down 2-0 it will be a tough position for them. Our challenge tonight is trying to go up and find that desperation level and get a 2-0 lead."

Senators alternate captain Chris Phillips says the team is focused on heading home with two wins to open the series.

"Right now a split is not even in our minds," Phillips says. "We came down and got Game 1 and all we're thinking about is taking Game 2. We're playing a good team and any chance we can put ourselves in a better position, we're going to try and take advantage of that."

The Senators don't expect to be playing under ideal conditions. Last night Continental Airlines Arena hosted an NBA playoff game between the New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors, and this afternoon the building was host to the Champions on Ice show.

"You have to support the puck a lot when the ice is bad," Senators centre Jason Spezza says. "There could be bounces, pucks could hop over sticks."

Senators head coach Bryan Murray agrees it's important for his players to play accordingly.

"They have to realize they can't try anything, skill-wise, when the puck is jumping on you," Murray says. ‘So just play smart, get the puck deep and hope you can forecheck well."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06