OTTAWA, ON - Devils interim head coach Alain Nasreddine spoke to the media several hours prior to the game. He talked about the status of Pavel Zacha first and foremost.
"He seems like, talking to the medical staff this morning, he's good to go tonight unless something happens in warm-up," said Nasreddine saying that in terms of long-term injury issues, that wasn't something the team was worried about with Zacha.
"It was never in doubt that it was just short term but it's nice to have a player like him back in the lineup. Especially the way he played last game against Chicago."
The game for Ottawa is their first since the holiday break. They last played on December 23, a 3-1 win at home against Buffalo.
"It's a long break (for them). We want to be jumping. Doesn't matter if the other team is on a long break or not," Nasreddine stated. "It's so important for us to be ready from the get-go. There's so many games where we weren't ready and played catch-up hockey. That's not what we want."
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He added that if the team plays the way it did against Toronto on Friday, they should have some success.
"We've already played a game and liked our game. It's just a matter of us to build on that game," Nasreddine remarked. "We knew that Toronto was a very dangerous team off the rush and in the zone. We wanted to make sure we had numbers on the defensive side of the puck. We only gave up one odd-man rush. Different opponent but that shouldn't change."
Nasreddine assessed the Senators as a squad as well.
"They're a hard-working team. They have Chabot on D who's going to log a lot of minutes. In general, they play the game the right way. They do a good job, they make you earn your ice. That's what we noticed last game."