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Coach MacLean post-practice - 2.22.2014

Saturday, 02.22.2014 / 1:15 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Coach MacLean post-practice - 2.22.2014

The Sens held a final weekend practice today with Sunday scheduled to be an off-day for the team. Afterwards, head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts on the practice and the week ahead.

Here's what he had to say...

On Bobby Ryan:

We expect he's going to be fine. We have an off day tomorrow but we anticipate that he'll be practicing Monday.

On keeping players focused in practices:

Well I think the first three days we believed we handled it the right way. We had a bit of a skate today with the off-day tomorrow. We'll come back Monday and get right back to work. We've got to prepare for a game on Thursday so we'll come out hard Monday and Tuesday and then get ourselves ready for the game on Thursday. I think the stuff we wanted to work on we worked on and then we're coming back Monday to work on power play and penalty killing for the most part and that's going to be the focus of the next two days of practice, and then an overall kind of review on Tuesday.

On Michalek's return from Sochi:

He can be back (Monday), I talked to him last night and he's supposed to have three days. Whether he decides to come back for practice Monday is great or if he's going to be here Tuesday. I suspect he'll probably be here Monday... He is back, I talked to him last night and he's back in Ottawa.

On if there will be a special teams or even strength focus for adjustments:

I think it's a little of both. We wanted to take it day-by-day and concentrate on some stuff. We didn't do anything on purpose on the power play or penalty kill knowing that we'd have Monday and Tuesday to do that so that's what we're going to do then.

On if practices get easier next week with a game against Detroit:

Once you get closer to an actual scheduled game yes, we anticipate things will be much higher and harder starting Monday.

On Karlsson vs. Canada:

I think it should be a heck of a game, it really should be. I think the two best teams are playing and, for the most part, it has been — Sweden has had some tight ones but I think the Canadian team is ready to win.

On his score prediction:

You only need one more than the other team, that's all they need.


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