A win and Emery's in

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

Ray Emery can make NHL history tonight -- with a win.

The Senators goaltender, with an 8-0-0 lifetime record, can set a league mark for consecutive victories to start a career if he's able to earn a win at home against the Montreal Canadiens.

In fact, Emery, 5-0-0 this season, has already tied the mark set by Bob Froese of the Philadelphia Flyers during the 1982-83 season and admitted it would be nice to get his name in the record book.

"It's not really something you think about. It would be something that would be nice to get, but you don't really think about the personal stuff," said Emery.

"The good thing is if I get the record, then we get the win and that's the most important part."

Giving Emery the nod tonight wasn't a difficult choice for Senators coach Bryan Murray considering the backup netminder already has two victories against the Canadiens this season.

"As long as he keeps winning (against Montreal), then he's going to keep playing," said Murray.

"He's done a good job and we need to get him some action."

SPEZZA'S THE MAN: Senators C Jason Spezza is making it easy for Team Canada executive director Wayne Gretzky to take notice of his stellar play. Pushing for a spot on the Olympic team, Spezza was named the NHL's offensive player of the week yesterday after recording four goals and four assists in three games last week. "The way to get noticed is to keep scoring and to be on a winning team," said Spezza, who has 10 goals and 39 points. "I know they have tough decisions to make, but it could be tough to pass up on a guy who is on a winning team." Spezza said his chemistry with LW Dany Heatley, who is considered a lock for Turin based on his performance this season, can't hurt either. "We feed well off each other and we've worked pretty well with (Daniel Alfredsson)," said Spezza. "Hopefully, we (Heatley and Spezza) get the chance to play together at the Olympics."

AROUND AND ABOUT: Murray said he expects D Wade Redden to skate today for the first time since suffering a knee sprain last week in practice. "I know he's made a lot of good improvements in the last couple of days and the swelling has gone down," said Murray. "I'm pretty sure he's going to try it (today) and see how it feels." If all goes well, Redden could return as early as Friday against the Kings, but the Senators aren't going to rush him back into the lineup ... Ottawa F Antoine Vermette was working out on the left side of the fourth line yesterday with C Chris Kelly and RW Brian McGrattan. And that's where Murray plans to keep Vermette tonight against the Habs. "I thought that line of Peter Schaefer, Martin Havlat and Antoine Vermette played really well the first few games together," said Murray. "Lately, they've done nothing and somebody is going to lose his ice time because of that. Vermette is the one who is going to do that." LW Vaclav Varada has been moved up as a result ... Former Senators LW Shawn McEachern was put on waivers by the Boston Bruins. He could be picked up by Florida, the New York Islanders or Colorado, which just lost Steve Konowalchuk with a wrist injury for the balance of the season ... The return of RW Chris Neil meant F Patrick Eaves was sent back to the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton following practice. "(Eaves) is right on schedule," said Senators GM John Muckler. "He's come up here and done a good job for us. Right now, we've got a pretty good team here. He'll have his chance to play for this team. He'll just have to wait."


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