by Todd Anderson
The Ottawa Senators expect to treat their fans to an exciting game tonight, when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the return match of a home-and-home series that started with a 6-2 victory at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Tuesday.
"(Toronto) is a pretty good hockey team now, and we have to bring our best tonight to beat them," said Senators centre Jason Spezza after this morning's pre-game skate. "Hopefully, this game will get us over .500 (the Senators are 4-4-0 this season) and we don't go below .500 for the rest of the season."
Forward Mike Fisher said he expects a better effort from Toronto tonight, compared to Tuesday's game.
"We know they'll be a better hockey team. We expect a tighter game tonight. They're going to play hard, and we have to match their intensity."
"It's going to be a good game that's exciting for fans," predicted Brian McGrattan.
Spezza says the Senators have become confident with their play over the past couple of games and he notices a different attitude from himself and his teammates after a slow start to the season.
"We're definitely going in the right direction and we want to keep this going. There's definitely a different atmosphere in (the dressing room). We're playing smarter and we're starting to get used to each other a bit more."
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Senators forward Peter Schaefer, who will miss a third-straight game tonight with a hip flexor injury, skated on his own prior to the pre-game skate this morning. Senators head coach Bryan Murray says there has been no decision on a return date for Schaefer.
"He may take the trip to Boston (Ottawa plays the Bruins this Saturday), but there has been no time frame (for his return)."