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Senators thriving under adversity

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
Senators head coach Bryan Murray informs Ray Emery at the end of practice today that he will start tomorrow against the New Jersey Devils.

by Todd Anderson

Supported by a solid effort from the entire team, the Ottawa Senators continue to climb the Eastern Conference standings. The Senators are currently ranked fifth in the conference, just five points back of fourth-place Montreal. With injuries to centres Mike Fisher, Jason Spezza and Antoine Vermette, right now head coach Bryan Murray is seeing how his team can respond to adversity.

"A guy like Dean McAmmond wasn't getting too much credit before," Murray said after practice today. "Now I see a guy who is on top of the puck and playing real well. (Dany) Heatley has really worked hard on his game. Getting Wade (Redden) back, he helps moving the puck and he plays with poise. The whole group is playing well."

The Senators look to continue their hot streak - which has seen them earn at least one point in six straight games - against the New Jersey Devils tomorrow at Scotiabank Place.

"I watched a big part of (the Devils) game last night," Murray said. "They're a very disciplined club. They're defence first. You have to be very alert against them and you can't turn the puck over. You have to work hard."

Ray Emery will start in goal in search of his 17th victory of the season. Tomorrow's game starts at 3 p.m., as does Sunday's home contest against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Vermette doubtful for weekend games
Senators centre Antoine Vermette tested his hip injury at practice this morning but left shortly after getting onto the ice. Vermette said he doesn't expect to play this weekend but hopes he's fit to play on Tuesday when the Senators host the Boston Bruins.

Senators support Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids
The Senators will wear a special Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation commemorative patch on their jerseys during Saturday's game against New Jersey. After the game, each player will donate his jersey to the 2007 Teammates for Kids on-line auction, with proceeds benefiting the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation.

Team Canada wins 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship
Team Canada defeated Russia 4-2 on Friday to win the gold medal at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden. Senators prospects Ilya Zubov and Vitali Anikeyenko won silver with Russia and Brian Lee won bronze with the Team USA.  Click here to reserve your spot when the tournament returns to Canada in 2009 with Ottawa as hosts.

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