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POSTED ON Friday, 03.10.2014 / 1:45 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Senators fans and pundits watching the pre-season have voiced their excitement with the play of defenceman Cody Ceci. A summer removed from a surprise rookie season where he filled in nicely along the Sens' blueline, Ceci appears to be even more at home at the back for the club. Some have even suggested that he may have a bit more "Karlsson" in his game than in the past.

While Ceci has said that he feels more comfortable and would like to take on a more offensive mindset that made him a productive player in junior, he attributes much of his progress to this point to a full summer in the gym with Chris Schwarz and the Senators' training staff.

"This is the first summer that I've trained all summer with Schwarzy and he knows the game pretty well, he's been around for a while and he knows how we need to train," said Ceci. "It's pretty sport-specific and that has been awesome for me this past summer. Just living close to the rink I can come in every day, be more comfortable in the room and that translates on the ice."

Ceci is set to be paired alongside Chris Phillips tonight when the Senators take on the Canadiens.

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.10.2014 / 1:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Senators forward Mike Hoffman will suit up against Montreal tonight when the Sens host the Habs at Canadian Tire Centre. Hoffman "deserved another opportunity to play" according to Senators head coach Paul MacLean and will get the call in front of the home fans this evening.

With three goals and six points in 25 games played with the Sens last season, Hoffman figures to be a player in line for better fortunes if he sticks with the big club. His shooting percentage was 4.9 per cent in Ottawa last season in those games after shooting 15.9 per cent during his first team all-star season with Binghamton prior to his call-up. Hoffman talked about the importance of playing the high-tempo, high volume offensive game that has got him to this point.

"That's what I try and focus on, I try to get four or five shots a night," said Hoffman. "If I get a chance to shoot the puck I know the coaches and management want me to do that. If you're putting pucks towards the net it's only a matter of time before pucks are going in or you're getting rebounds and assists off of it."

Hoffman is slated to line up alongside Erik Condra and Curtis Lazar tonight in Ottawa. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.10.2014 / 12:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Senators head coach Paul MacLean offered his updates on the team ahead of tonight's game against the Montreal Canadiens. Here's what he had to say...

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.10.2014 / 5:26 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Senators head coach Paul MacLean spoke with the media after Thursday's practice and pair of announcements. Here's what he had to say about a big day for the franchise...

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.10.2014 / 3:45 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Sens GM Bryan Murray was on-hand for today's announcements — Bobby Ryan's extension and Erik Karlsson's captaincy — and offered his thoughts to media afterwards. Here's what he had to say...

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.10.2014 / 10:00 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Bobby Ryan to a seven-year contract extension with an AAV of $7.25 million. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and Ryan had this to say at this morning's press conference...
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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.10.2014 / 10:00 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

The Ottawa Senators have named defenceman Erik Karlsson the ninth captain in team history. Here's what Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and Karlsson had to say about the announcement...
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.10.2014 / 6:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

The Senators practiced on Wednesday, a day after 20 players remaining in camp fell by a 2-1 score to the Winnipeg Jets on the road. Here's what Paul MacLean had to say after today's skate...

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 30.09.2014 / 2:45 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Senators head coach Paul MacLean updated the media ahead of the team's trip to Winnipeg for a pre-season date with the Jets. Here's what he had to say...

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 30.09.2014 / 1:15 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Sens forward Mark Stone will be returning to his hometown of Winnipeg to take on the Jets for the first time in his career tonight when the Senators play their fifth pre-season game tonight at MTS Centre. Stone has played in two contests thus far and figures to line up alongside Zack Smith and Mike Hoffman in Winnipeg tonight.

"I'm excited, it's only pre-season but it's nice to go play in front of friends and family. I know I'll have a lot of people there watching me," said Stone.

Stone figures to be in the centre of heated competition for an NHL roster spot at the moment. In addition to playing alongside Smith and Hoffman, he has also had time with Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur through training camp, which is where he finished his 2013-14 season. His two-way play, size and playmaking ability figure to have him in the thick of the pack to break camp with the team and head to Nashville for the season opener.

"I felt like I've played pretty well. My main concern coming into camp was to keep my feet moving at all times," said Stone. "I know I have the skills to play here I just need to keep working on my feet, keep moving them and try not to do too much and keep my shifts at a length where I can continue to play as hard as I do in the first in the third."

Stone's style of play has given him the opportunity to line up with a number of different Senators centres and wingers in his time with the big club. That adaptability is a point of pride in his game.

"I like to think that guys like playing with me. I try to keep the game simple and try to let my skill take that on," said Stone. "I've played with a bunch of guys since I've been here and I haven't complained about anyone, there's a lot of guys in this locker room that are easy to play with. Whether it's Smitty or Hoff or Clarke and Turry, they're all easy to play with and play the game the way it's supposed to be played."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
3 DET 22 12 5 5 64 54 29
4 BOS 23 13 9 1 59 57 27
5 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
6 OTT 21 10 7 4 58 56 24
7 FLA 20 8 6 6 42 51 22
8 BUF 22 6 14 2 37 72 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 21 6 10 -3 16
C. MacArthur 21 8 7 -2 15
K. Turris 21 4 10 -2 14
B. Ryan 20 5 8 0 13
A. Chiasson 18 6 5 -3 11
M. Hoffman 18 7 3 8 10
M. Stone 20 5 5 3 10
M. Michalek 20 2 5 -1 7
C. Ceci 21 0 7 3 7
M. Zibanejad 20 3 3 -1 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 5 4 3 .932 2.38
R. Lehner 5 3 1 .918 2.73