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Methot: Simple means wins

Wednesday, 13.02.2013 / 4:20 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Methot: Simple means wins



With the Ottawa Senators a few hours away from their Wednesday night tilt with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Sens are up against it physically tonight having finished up their game with the Buffalo Sabres less than 24 hours ago. Throw in a midnight flight and late check-in and you have a less than ideal way to take on Sidney Crosby & Co.

Marc Methot was a rock at the back end for the Sens against the Sabres on Tuesday and says that making sure you're taken care of physically is priority number one for a game like this.

"The obvious one is that we came in pretty late last night. Making sure that our bodies are ready and that we're well rested for tonight will be huge," said Methot, adding that the momentum of a win helps the situation.

The Sens made a point of going back to basics this week. Lots of shots on net and traffic in and around the opposition's crease have helped increase the potency of an attack that had disappeared over the last few games. Going forward the plan is to keep that approach consistent.

"We played a lot more simple. We weren't trying to do too much with the puck and we were driving the net pretty hard. Defensively we were strong, especially with Andy back there obviously and we had some good key penalty kills," said Methot. "Having timely goals for and getting the puck out of our end as quickly as possible is huge."

"Against a team on the road we're going to have to muck up some goals. They may not be the prettiest ones but those are the ones that will help us win and, like I said, there's no exception with that tonight."

Methot had a bit of a tweak to his sweater on Tuesday as he took on the 'A' typically worn by Jason Spezza which the coaching staff has been rotating amongst players. The letter was a new experience for Methot who hasn't worn one in some time.

"I think it was an exhibition game in Columbus. That would have been the last time so that was pretty cool for me," said Methot. "I don't ever actually expect it. I think we have so many good leaders in this room, the letter is obviously significant but we have a lot of guys who are capable."

If he keeps his level of play this high going forward, one would have to think the 'A' will be a regular sight on his jersey.

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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