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Coach MacLean post-practice - 2.26.2014

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 1:30 PM ET
By Chris Lund - / Inside the Senate Blog
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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...

On Anderson:

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.




1 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
5 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
6 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47


E. Karlsson 53 11 48 7 59
B. Ryan 52 19 26 -1 45
M. Hoffman 49 23 18 6 41
M. Stone 51 14 24 -13 38
M. Zibanejad 52 11 21 -2 32
K. Turris 47 13 17 -10 30
J. Pageau 53 12 8 3 20
Z. Smith 52 10 5 5 15
C. Ceci 46 5 10 -3 15
C. Lazar 48 5 9 0 14
C. Anderson 21 17 4 .913 2.91
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10