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Senators expect better effort from Toronto

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
"It's going to be a good game that's exciting for fans," predicts Brian McGrattan about tonight's game against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

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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Schaefer skates
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)."

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