Coach MacLean post-practice - 2.26.2014
The Sens had their final practice at Canadian Tire Centre prior to tomorrow's game against the Detroit Red Wings. Afterwards, Paul MacLean passed along his updates on the team.
Here's what he had to say...
Nothing forthcoming at this point. We'll wait to hear and right now we're prepared for Robin to be the goalie and if we need to bring Hammond or Lawson, we're prepared to do that so, right now, that's where it stands.
On Karlsson at practice:
I thought he was a little slower, he just came 14 timezones. We were pleased that Erik skated today, it was his decision to come out and practice. I thought it was good, he had a good experience over there. Even though it was settling for a silver medal it was still a good experience for him and that should be good for us.
On the defensive pairings at practice:
We might (stick with them) yeah, we might. Again, that was another practice day where we decided to see how things would go. I was more curious about the Cowen and Gryba pairing, how they would play together today in practice more than I was concerned about Erik and Marc.
On the distractions of the Heritage Classic and Trade Deadline:
I think we're going to try and take it a day at a time, we know we have 23 games left to play and we still feel we're going to like where we're going to be after 82 games. We just try to take it day-by-day. I think the fact we're coming back from the break will make it easier for it to not be a distraction and I think we're looking forward to getting started again tomorrow and then getting out to Vancouver and seeing what it's all about. I don't think we've seen the venue, I've never been in the venue, so I'm not sure how it's all going to look but I think the guys are going to be excited when we get there and we'll make the most of it.
On moving Zibanejad to centre:
Well we felt that he makes us a better team when he plays at centre and the play of Mike Hoffman with Binghamton. The fact he's the second leading scorer in the American Hockey League and, arguably, one of the best players in that league as a winger, for us to bring him up and give him an opportunity to play and contribute to our group, we needed somebody else at centre. Mika we like at centre ice and we just feel it gives us some pretty good depth of four lines with him at centre and Hoffman on the wing.
On playing Hoffman with Mika over Turris or Spezza:
I'm not sure how much they've played together in the American League, it's more about the comfort level for Mike. We're trying to give him an opportunity to succeed and trying to play him with people that give him the best chance to help our team with his speed. his ability with the puck and his ability to shoot it by allowing him to relax and play.