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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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

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