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Saprykin and Nycholat join new teammates for optional skate

Wednesday, 28.02.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Saprykin and Nycholat join new teammates for optional skate
Forward Oleg Saprykin changes out of his equipment after participating in his first skate with the Senators this morning. Photo: T. Anderson/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

Both defenceman Lawrence Nycholat and winger Oleg Saprykin were on the ice this morning with their new team during the Ottawa Senators' optional skate at Scotiabank Place.

Both players look forward to helping out the Senators for the rest of the season.

"There's always pressure to do well, to help your team (reach) goals," Saprykin said after the skate. "When you have pressure, I think you play better."

Nycholat, who has relatives residing in nearby Gatineau, Que., says he'll do all that he can to chip in on the blueline.

"I'm looking to contribute in any way they ask me to. This is a great team here, one of the top teams in the league. They have great defence here, and I'm excited about that."

Nycholat spoke about what stood out most while playing against the Senators with his former team, the Washington Capitals.

"(The Senators are) tough to play against because the forecheck and attack have lots of layers to it. You don't know who's going to come in first. The defence is mobile, and the way they move the puck in transition, it's hard to play against. They give the forwards chances to make plays."

Nycholat won't play against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight because Senators head coach Bryan Murray won't make any lineup changes on the blueline after a 4-2 victory over Carolina last night. Saprykin is expected to skate on one of the forward lines.

"He's going to play at this point, but I'm not positive (on what line)," Murray said this morning. "I have to talk to him to find out where he plays best."

Volchenkov picks opportune time for first goal in 85 games
Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov, the NHL leader in blocked shots with 218, scored his first goal in 85 games last night to tie the game at 2-2 and spark a third-period comeback resulting in a win for Ottawa. He was asked today if scoring a goal means more to him than blocking shots.

"Teamwork is more important than goals or blocked shots," he quickly responded.

Volchenkov does admit, though, it did feel good to hit the back of the net.

"I've had lots of chances, and the sticks kept breaking. Schubie (Christoph Schubert) gave me a one-timer in the second period and the stick broke again. I got a new stick and Philly (Chris Phillips) gave me another one-timer, this time I scored. Every player likes to score. There are 19 games left, maybe I'll score a couple more."

 

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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