Gameday Journal: Game Two - Senators vs. Maple Leafs
4:00 PM: Another gameday, another gameday goodie as Gord Wilson talks to Sens forward Colin Greening about growing up in Newfoundland and watching Hockey Night in Canada. Take a look...
3:30 PM: Sens alternate captain Chris Neil spoke to the media today about last night's hard fought game, back-to-backs and trying to spoil another home opener. Here's what he had to say...
2:00 PM: Here's what Sens head coach Paul MacLean had to say during his post-skate media availability today...
On tonight's lineup:
On reasons for the changes:
Trying to get everybody in the lineup and get them playing and based on our opponent and how we played last night, I felt we needed those changes.
On giving Anderson back-to-back starts:
Well Craig Anderson is a number one goalie so we want to make sure we get him up and get him playing. Obviously he played well last night and historically he plays 70 something games and he plays back-to-back games and he's the goalie. So really it was a pretty easy decision.
On the defensive play across the league:
I'm not worried about any team but mine, we certainly did a lot of good things with the puck last night but didn't do a lot of good things without it and those are the structure parts of our game we want to get to and the identity of our team to get to. We didn't quite get there last night but we came out of it with a victory and we need to come into tonight and continue to work at it and we need to play better.
On Clarke MacArthur's fit:
To this point he has fit in very well, he gives a skilled and experienced player that has played 400 games in the league and we don't have very many of those. I think he and Bobby Ryan both are players in that category and of that calibre and I think they showed in the way they played last night, both of them, that they're going to help us a lot.
On if the veterans are doing the job the youth did last season:
Well, I think we've had - this is our third year here and in the two years we've been here we've had everybody here, we were in the top five in goal scoring and bottom five in defence in my first year and then the shortened season last year with all the injuries we had we ended up being one of the best defensive teams in the league and have the top penalty killing. I think our team is somewhere in between there and that's the identity and that's the structure we're searching for right now.
On the dynamic in the room without Alfredsson:
Well I think the leaderhip group that is here has been here a long time as well. Somebody like Daniel who had been here for 17 years and had been the captain for the majority of that time, I don't think you just fill that hole right away. I think that dynamic, Jason Spezza's the representative of that group right now but we believe the leadership group that's here is going to be fine. We just have to keep playing games and finding our way and I think it'll all come together, it'll just take a little time.
On MacArthur as player:
Well he has been a very good player, a skilled player. He comes with great speed and good hockey instincts and he's a player that has played 400 games in the league and we don't have many of those guys. He has fit in with Kyle Turris and played very well. Every game we've played, that line has been a factor in it and we're pleased to this point with how he has played.
Sens TV has Coach MacLean's full availability here:
Toronto Maple Leafs
van Riemsdyk - Bozak - Kessel
Lupul - Bolland -Abbott
Raymond - Kadri - Bodie
Ashton - McClement - Orr
Phaneuf - Gunnarsson
Rielly - Franson
Gardiner - Rangers
Michalek - Spezza - Ryan
MacArthur - Turris - Conacher
Greening - Pageau - Condra
Kassian - Smith - Neil
Karlsson - Methot
Cowen - Wiercioch
Phillips - Corvo
10:30 AM: Well, it wasn't the flashiest game of hockey ever played, but the Sens are 1-0-0 to start their season after a 1-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. Tonight, the Sens will look to stay undefeated when they face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs (2-0-0) who will be taking part in their home opener tonight when the puck drops at 7:00 pm at Air Canada Centre.
The Sens will hit the ice this morning for their skate in Toronto. I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players thoughts on tonight's game, Sens TV updates, Instagram goodness and more.
Get your hockey day started with Clarke MacArthur talking about his return to Buffalo and Toronto.
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