|Ottawa Senators defenceman Joe Corvo will look to register his 100th career NHL point when the Senators visit the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow.|
by Todd Anderson
Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery looks to tie a career high in victories and defenceman Joe Corvo will be gunning for his 100th career NHL point, but a win is the main thing on the minds of the Senators as they prepare for a match against the Northeast Division-leading Buffalo Sabres tomorrow. A win over Buffalo would be a good first step heading into a week that also features two important games against the Montreal Canadiens.
"Looking at the schedule, this is a huge week for us," Senators alternate captain Chris Phillips said after practice today at the Bell Sensplex in Ottawa. "For our part, we have to just look at tomorrow's game. At the end of the week, though, we want to be able to look back and see that we've made up some ground."
Buffalo and Montreal hold down the top two spots in the division ahead of Ottawa.
While the Senators hold a 4-1-0 season-series lead over the Sabres, Senators head coach Bryan Murray knows Buffalo won't be intimidated by that record.
"I expect they will play close to their top game. We're comparable teams," Murray said. "The games have been real hard fought so far. We match fairly well..
"Our defence core and goaltender have to be good. We know guys like (Maxim) Afinogenov, (Chris) Drury, and guys of that nature are deadly if they're not."
Murray announced after practice today that Emery will start against Buffalo.
Senators forward Patrick Eaves is questionable for tomorrow's game. Eaves left practice early on Monday due to a sore ankle and didn't participate in today's practice. Brian McGrattan skated in his place today on a line with Christoph Schubert and Dean McAmmond.
Dany Heatley leads the Senators with five goals and 12 points in the five games against Buffalo this season. In 23 career games against Buffalo, he has 15 goals and 32 points.