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Neil not changing for new-look Sabres

New look opponent doesn't alter the veteran's approach.
Tuesday, 02.5.2013 / 4:54 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Neil not changing for new-look Sabres

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Much was made this offseason when the Buffalo Sabres made a clear roster shift in an effort to make the team tougher to play against. Out was much of the speed and flash that they had become so famous for in years past. In was a new wave of tough, gritty players.

Most hockey fans will do a quick glance at rosters prior to a game. If you can match tough guys on each team, there's a good chance you'll see some fisticuffs before the night is over.

As the primary muscle on the Ottawa Senators for the past decade, Chris Neil is entrenched as the physical presence who brings the fireworks each night. Whether it's a tough goal scored in the blue paint, a big hit in open ice or dropping the gloves, you know that number 25 is going to do his thing.

This means, of course, that Sens fans can expect same old Neil tonight against the tougher, new look Sabres.

"My game doesn't change. I play the same game in and game out," said Neil. "Obviously not every night goes the way you want it to go but it's one of those things where it's why I've been around so long. I just do what I do.  It's going to the net hard, playing hard and playing between the whistles."

The key to coming away from Tuesday night's game with a win? Staying out of the penalty box.

"I think that's the key, you have to be disciplined. They have a good power play, Vanek is up there in the league leaders so we'll have to be disciplined."

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
3 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
4 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
5 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
6 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
7 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
8 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 76 20 42 7 62
K. Turris 76 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 74 19 35 13 54
B. Ryan 72 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 73 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 74 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 56 14 14 -11 28
D. Legwand 74 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 70 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02