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Senators anxious to start Round 2

Tuesday, 24.04.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Senators anxious to start Round 2
Senators defenceman Tom Preissing says too much time off during the playoffs could be a double-edged sword.

by Todd Anderson

After a week of rest the Ottawa Senators will finally be back on the ice for game action when they visit the New Jersey Devils on Thursday at 7 p.m. to start the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The series resumes for Game 2 on Saturday at 8 p.m. and will return to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4 on Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. If necessary, Game 5 will be in New Jersey on Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m., Game 6 will be in Ottawa on Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m. and Game 7 will be in New Jersey on Wednesday, May 9, at 7 p.m.

When the series kicks off on Thursday, it will be a full week between games for the Senators, who knocked off the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in Round 1. They're looking forward to getting back into action.

"It's been trying. We're anxious to go," captain Daniel Alfredsson says. "Practice is kind of boring for us right now. This time of year you don't want to practise. You want to play games. I can't wait until Thursday."

Senators defenceman Tom Preissing, who skated in 11 playoff games in each of the last two seasons with the San Jose Sharks, says there are a couple of ways to look at the extra rest.

"When you have this much time off, it's a double-edged sword," Preissing says. "You like to have that kind of break and at some point in the playoffs you need that kind of break, but it's hard to not play for a week."

After eliminating Pittsburgh last Thursday, the Senators were given the next two days off. The coaching staff has improvised to keep the players attentive since daily practices resumed last Sunday.

"Their job is to do drills with little tweaks and keep our interest peaked throughout," Preissing says. "We're pretty antsy. It's probably tough for them, too."

Head coach Bryan Murray agrees he and his staff are just as anxious as the players.

"I wish we were playing tonight," Murray said this morning. "I think the guys are tired of me. I think they're ready to play, but we have no choice."

Murray says practice tomorrow will last 35 to 40 minutes, and he will give the players the option of skating on Thursday morning.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
6 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
7 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 61 15 33 2 48
B. Ryan 57 16 31 10 47
K. Turris 61 15 28 -5 43
M. Hoffman 58 23 17 25 40
M. Stone 59 15 24 10 39
M. Zibanejad 59 16 18 4 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 56 11 14 -2 25
D. Legwand 59 8 14 -4 22
A. Chiasson 55 9 12 -8 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02