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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.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06