The Sens practiced in front of a large group of coaches today with the Tim Hortons Coaches Clinic taking place at Canadian Tire Centre. After today's skate, Paul MacLean had his usual media availability.
Here's what he had to say...
On tomorrow's goaltender:
I haven't had a chance to talk to them yet — I have, but I haven't had a chance to talk to them yet. I was busy between now and then.
On the team's success in emotional games as a good sign:
I'm sleeping on that, but I also know the team that we're playing, they don't like getting beat and they're going to be very prepared for the game tomorrow. It's going to be an emotional game for them as well with Daniel in it. Historically this team, they don't take getting beat very well so I expect it to be a very difficult game.
On Alfredsson's return as closure:
I think it would finally put a close to it, I guess yeah. I know we've moved on, I know Daniel's moved on. This gives the fans an opportunity to move on and I think it'll be good for everybody.
On the reception:
I don't expect it to be bad, I expect it to be very good.
On the team's focus:
The big focus is us. We have to do what we have to do, we know we have a difficult opponent no matter what's on the line or who's in the lineup, we know they're a good team. They played well against Long Island the other night, gave them all they can handle, they're going to give us all we can handle and we just have to be focused on playing the game.
On the team playing well against elite teams:
You know if you don't play, if you don't come out and play it could get ugly. Maybe it's as simple as that. We try to prepare our team for every opponent the same way and to make sure we have that emotion and play hard in every game. We haven't got that in every game this year but our next chance is tomorrow…Playing the Red Wings is different than playing Edmonton, playing Boston is different than playing Columbus because of who they are. The opponent, we could be guilty of not having enough respect for all of our opponents and having maybe too much for the elite teams.
On what stands out from games vs. Detroit this year:
Other than the score? I liked the score is what I liked the most. We didn't play as much in our own zone, we were able to get out of our zone. Right now when we have trouble and issues is when we play too much in our own end, like every team does.
On what has gotten them out of the zone against Detroit:
I'm not sure, did we execute better, did they not, I don't know. I'm not saying.
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