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from the Ottawa Citizen,
In the grand scheme of things, tonight’s matchup between the Ottawa Senators is just another game in the long journey that is an NHL season. Game No. 43 for the home side, in fact.
A few more numbers will tell you why it’s so much more….
Maybe 308? That’s how many goals the NHL’s two top-scoring teams have racked up midway through the year.
Five of the top 10 scorers in the league play in either Motown or O-Town.
added 1:01pm, via the Detroit Free Press,
A quick update from Scotiabank Place: Henrik Zetterberg missed the morning skate because of flu and is probable for tonight’s game against Ottawa.
Zetterberg practiced yesterday, but started to feel ill during the afternoon, team captain Nicklas Lidstrom told me.
from Allison Moore at TVPredictions,
Every day here at TVPredictions.com, I scan the HD programming aisles and serve up 10 programs so good—so hot!—that you can’t miss them.
We call this list, “The Hottest Shows in HDTV!” And here they are for Thursday, January 10, 2008: (All times Eastern; smart remarks are the opinion of the author alone.)
1. NHL Hockey
Buffalo takes on Ottawa.
HDNet, 7:30 p.m.
more (but no more hockey) and great to see a NHL hockey game is listed as the hottest show in HD!
The Ottawa Senators’ Daniel Alfredsson gave a long interview to NHL Live on XM Radio today. With thanks to XM radio (which streams live from this link M-F from 12-2pm ET) here is the audio of that conversation.
from Sun Media,
Senators goaltender Ray Emery stopped more than pucks in practice today, getting into a brief scrap with tough guy Brian McGrattan.
The pair laughed it off afterwards, but were none too pleased with each other after they bumpoed during a skating drill. As they squared off and tossed fists at each other, teammates quickly jumped in and ended the brouhaha.
from David Naylor of the Globe and Mail,
And yet since the Emery controversy, followed by his subsequent public apology and private meeting with teammates, the Senators have looked very much, well, distracted.
How else to explain their composure during back-to-back losses to the Washington Capitals in which they gave up a mind-boggling 14 goals.
“I don’t really think it [distracted us],” Paddock said. “There’s all kinds of stuff that goes on that can or can’t affect a team. Things that go on all the time that no one talks about when you’re winning.”
The battered Ottawa Senators’ defence corps will get a significant boost with the return of Anton Volchenkov this week.
The defenceman confirmed he will return to the lineup on Friday night in Buffalo after missing 15 games with a broken right index finger.
“It’s in good shape and I’m ready to play,” Volchenkov said on Wednesday morning.
Ovechkin with 4 goals, Mike Fisher with 3, all in the 3rd period.
Watch all 14 goals in about 7 minutes…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Ray Emery’s days with the Senators could be coming to an end.
One of the players hung a necktie in Emery’s place in the empty net where the backup goalie was supposed to be yesterday during practice at Scotiabank Place….
Murray would probably like to use Emery to acquire a top-six forward, but with Emery’s struggles on the ice and his actions off it, his value may have never been lower.
“I really don’t think they could trade Ray Emery in his current state,” an NHL executive said yesterday. “Nobody is going to want the baggage that goes with him right now.”
Two players told the Sun yesterday that the Senators are having a difficult time with Emery constantly leaving morning skates early or not going on the ice for optional practices.
A Q&A with Jason Spezza by David Amber at ESPN,
Q: If you didn’t play in Ottawa, where do you think you would have the best time being Jason Spezza, NHL star?
A: Well Jason Spezza, “The NHL star,” would have to be somewhere else in Canada, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, just because you get recognized. But I think I would like to play in New York. It’s a city I really like, there is so much going on, there are so many places to hide and do your own thing. Sometimes, the celebrity aspect is nice, but a lot of times it’s nice to hide, too.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
After swinging his goalie stick and sending some Gatorade bottles on the club’s bench flying, Emery tossed his stick into the stands before heading to the dressing room.
Alfredsson said last night if Emery wants to get back in net he has to work harder in practice and earn a start from coach John Paddock because the current situation is frustrating for everyone involved.
“To get considered for a start, (the coaching staff) is looking for (Emery) to show that he wants to be in there,” said Alfredsson, who didn’t see the incident. “You have to work hard in practice to show that you want to play. That’s what most players do when they’re not playing and the goalies are no different.”
added 12:42pm, via the Globe and Mail,
The Ottawa Senators held an open practice on Friday morning in Ottawa with only one goaltender on the ice.
Ray Emery, who ended Thursday morning’s skate with an on-ice tantrum, was nowhere to be seen a day later. He was sent home by team officials after showing up at the rink.
added 12:50pm, from the Ottawa Sun,
“I told him to go home because he wasn’t feeling good,” said Senators coach John Paddock after practice. Paddock added he expects Emery to be back at practice on Saturday.
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