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Foligno: Nothing Beats An Opening Night

Thursday, 06.10.2011 / 2:31 PM
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Foligno: Nothing Beats An Opening Night

We’re excited to get going and play some games that mean something. I think everyone is pretty happy, though. It was a really good training camp and there were some surprises in camp as well as some guys who came into camp in really good shape and continued to play well. So we’re looking forward to playing for real here.

Senators forward Nick Foligno and his teammates are enthused about finally playing some games for real (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images).
The up-tempo pace, the workouts and all the skating ... this camp was definitely hard, but in a good way. We feel like we accomplished something and we’re looking forward to showing that in our first regular-season game, and the whole season, for that matter.

I’m especially excited about getting started in Detroit. It’ll actually be my first time playing at Joe Louis Arena in four years with the Senators. I was injured two of the previous times we went there, so I’m really looking forward to this. It’s got some family history because my dad was drafted by the Red Wings and played for them at the start of his NHL career. So it’ll be fun for me.

We also know this game will be a pretty big deal for our coach, Paul MacLean, who used to be an assistant coach with the Wings for a lot of years. It’s also his first game as an NHL head coach, so hopefully, we can get him those two points. We’ll really be trying to do that for him.

As a group, we’re excited about what we have this season. We know we have to get off to a good start. That’s going to be really important for us. We’re excited about the guys we have in our room. We’re going to be a young team and we understand that. We don’t think our backs are against the wall or anything like that. We just need to play well as a team and the wins will come.

With all the new faces on our team, it’s going to take some time for us to really get to know each other. But we’ve got such great guys in our locker room and that’ll bring us together more quickly. We’ve had some chances to hang out together outside the rink and that’s why we went away a little early this week, to help build that bond.

For a player, there really is nothing like the first game of the season. You’ve got butterflies and everything but once that puck drops, they all go away. It’s a new season, a new everything, and you’re looking forward to that clean slate and just starting fresh. I think all of us are looking forward to that and I know personally, I’m really looking forward to having a good start to this season and building on it.




1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
3 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
4 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
5 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
6 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
7 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
8 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31


B. Ryan 43 12 21 7 33
E. Karlsson 46 11 22 -5 33
K. Turris 46 9 20 -8 29
M. Stone 44 11 15 9 26
M. Hoffman 43 16 9 19 25
C. MacArthur 45 13 11 -7 24
M. Zibanejad 44 11 12 1 23
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 43 7 10 -8 17
M. Michalek 42 6 9 -7 15
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 7 2 .900 3.16