Senators head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts after Friday's practice following the Sens 5-3 comeback win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Here's what he had to say...
In a countdown rivaled only by New Year's, we're now just hours away from the Ottawa Senators' home opener at Canadian Tire Centre where they will take on the Colorado Avalanche at 7:30 p.m.
While the big club has dropped the puck on their NHL campaign, Sens prospects are also in the midst of their regular seasons. Let's take a quick look and see how a handful are faring...
Ben Harpur — Sens defensive prospect Ben Harpur is off to a quick offensive start to begin his Ontario League season this year with two goals and six points in six games thus far to go with a plus-5 rating. Yesterday in Kitchener, Harpur recorded a goal and an assist for the Guelph Storm who dropped a 6-5 decision to the Rangers. He returns to action on Friday against the Niagara IceDogs.
Tobias Lindberg — Lindberg continued the solid start to his Ontario League career with a goal in Oshawa's win over the Ottawa 67's on Sunday afternoon. With the marker, Lindberg now has three goals and seven points in eight games with the Generals alongside his plus-4 rating. Oshawa hosts the Sarnia Sting on Friday night.
Nick Paul — Nick Paul continues to be a force down the middle for the North Bay Battalion of the OHL with a stellar performance on Sunday. Paul was a plus-3 and scored a hat trick for the Battalion en route to being named first star of the game in a win over the Barrie Colts. He also picked up four penalty minutes in the contest. The performance gives Paul six goals and nine points through six games this season.
The Ottawa Senators return to action tonight at the BB&T Center in Florida where they'll take on the Panthers. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. Stay tuned to the Gameday Journal for the latest news of the day.
Stay on top of the news of the day with the Gameday Journal ahead of tonight's clash between the Senators and Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Senators head coach Paul MacLean passed along his thoughts and updates after Friday afternoon's practice in Tampa Bay. Here's what he had to say...
Senators goaltender Robin Lehner is set to make his season debut on Saturday night in Tampa Bay when the Senators take on the Lightning at 7 p.m. He talked about getting going on Saturday night at the Amalie Arena.
"It's the first game of the season for me and it's always fun playing against good teams and they have one over there. It's going to be good."
He'll also square off against friend and former Senators goaltender Ben Bishop. Does that add anything to the game?
"It's fun before the game but let's be honest, when you're on the ice you kind of zone out and play against the puck," said Lehner. "It's fun to play against good teams so it'll be a good challenge for us."
Sens captain Erik Karlsson had a fun announcement for fans on Friday afternoon and took to Twitter to share the news.
I just purchased 1000 C's to give away to the first 1000 fans that have already bought my jersey. Go to the sens store starting Tuesday.:)— Erik Karlsson (@ErikKarlsson65) October 10, 2014
Felt like I wanted to give something back to our amazing fans before opening night in Ottawa. #GoSENSGo— Erik Karlsson (@ErikKarlsson65) October 10, 2014
In sum, the first 1000 fans who already own a licensed Karlsson jersey can get a free "C" put on courtesy of the man himself by coming down to the Canadian Tire Centre Sens Store. The offer takes effect on Tuesday, October 14.
"It's something I came up with. I had a lot of people reaching out and saying they wished they had bought my jersey a couple of days later or a couple of weeks later so they could have had the C on it," said Karlsson. "I thought it was a small thing for me to do to give back to the fans who have always appreciated me. It's a small token of appreciation... They had to order all of the Cs in so starting Tuesday the first thousand fans will get it done for free, they'll press it and make it look good."
Senators centreman Kyle Turris broke the goal column goose egg right away in 2014-15, scoring his first goal of the year on a beautiful wrist shot from the high slot on a 2-on-1. Kyle gave his account of the goal after the game.
"It was a great play by Clarkie, the one-touch off the wall to beat that defenceman. I was trying to come through with speed and create a little 2-on-1 with Bobby there," said Turris. "I felt the d-man was playing more to Bobby and was going to put his stick in the lane to make it a tough pass. Rinne is a pretty good goalie so I tried to give him a bit of a look off to Bobby to make him think pass and I was lucky enough to put it in."
The Sens return to action on Saturday night against Tampa Bay after falling by a 3-2 score in Nashville on Thursday.
They're back! The Ottawa Senators return to NHL regular season action tonight at 8 p.m. (ET) when they take on the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.