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Zubov hits prime time

Tuesday, 15.01.2008 / 2:59 PM / News
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Zubov hits prime time
What a way for Ilya Zubov to make his National Hockey League debut.

The 20-year-old Russian will line up alongside Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza on the Senators’ No. 1 line when Ottawa closes out its season series with the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center (7 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet, Team 1200).

Zubov was summoned from the Binghamton Senators on Tuesday morning and will be given a chance, temporarily at least, to fill the void left by the separated right shoulder that will sideline Dany Heatley for up to six weeks.

“Offensive players have to play with offensive players,” said Senators head coach John Paddock. “He’s been substantially better (in Binghamton) than at the beginning of the season and has adapted well to a league where you’re going to get hit and you have to fight through that.

“We obviously don’t have a regular winger right now (on the top line), so we’ll see.”

Zubov, naturally, is itching to see his first real NHL game action. 

“I’m a little bit excited for the game,” he said after the Senators’ pre-game skate. “I have a good line, that’s good for me. Spezza and these guys are helping me. It’s my first (NHL) game, so we’ll see tonight.”

Zubov has been playing on a line with Niko Dimitrakos and fellow Russian prospect Alexander Nikulin in Binghamton. Nikulin, who got his first callup with the big club earlier in the season, had pretty basic advice for his roommate down on the farm.

“He said (the NHL) is more fast, with more hits,” said Zubov. “He said ‘don’t worry about it, just play your game.’

“I just have to play how I play, nothing special.”

Alfredsson offered up similar advice.

“Just work hard out there,” the Senators captain said. “He knows why he got called up. I don’t think he can change his style. He’s a guy who plays with the puck.

“It goes a little bit faster up here, but we’re going to help him out. Hopefully, he can fit in well, and we can move the puck around and play with it a lot.”

Spezza, who missed the final two periods of Sunday’s loss to the New York Islanders after taking a jarring hit from the Isles’ Freddy Meyer, declared himself ready to play after the morning skate.

Ray Emery will make the start in goal against the Capitals, who have won all three previous meetings against the Senators this season.

The Sens return home to face the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet, Team 1200). About 700 tickets remain for the game.


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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
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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