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Neil not changing for new-look Sabres

New look opponent doesn't alter the veteran's approach.
Tuesday, 05.02.2013 / 4:54 PM
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 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06