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Coach MacLean ahead of the pre-season finale in Montreal

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

Senators head coach Paul MacLean offered a series of updates ahead of the team's second game of a back-to-back with Montreal to conclude the pre-season. Here's what he had to say...

On changes from last night's lineup:

Off the top of my head we're changing three people. Pageau is going in with Buddy Robinson along with Wiercioch in on the back end for Chris Phillips. Craig Anderson will be the goalie.

On decisions being made on Puempel and Dziurzynski:

I don't think we're prepared to say that today but they're not in the game tonight.

On if he expects the intensity to match last night:

It certainly has a chance to be, any time we play Montreal it has a chance to be an intense game and we expect the same tonight. The Bell Centre is a great place to play, a great experience for everybody. We're looking forward to being there, getting the game started and we're just going to go play to win.

On if he was surprised it was veterans leading the skirmish last night:

Nothing ever surprises you in this game when you're playing a rival. It's the older guys that have made it a rivalry, not the younger guys. That happens in hockey all the time, it doesn't matter when it happens. Teams are going to protect their goalies.

On what Pageau has to do to improve his chances:

He just has to continue to play the way he can play. Just be himself and show he can be a consistent player that can play in all situations, help us kill penalties and win faceoffs and add to the offensive side, the speed of our game and the tempo of our game. Just show us he can do it consistently. At this point in time he has been a very consistent player.

On if this is an ideal end to camp:

I think if I'm them it's way more of exhibition game than it is for us. They're the best team in the East and we're a team that missed the playoffs. It's obviously a little more comfortable game for them than it is for us. We were on the outside looking in so these games for us have a lot of importance as far as getting our game established and getting our identity established and getting ourselves ready for the regular season. When you're one of the best teams it's a different mindset for you in the exhibition game than it is for the team that's not there.

On if he has seen strides towards the identity:

I think we have but we weren't really pleased with the second period we had last night. That had a lot to do with them, too. They're, like I said, the best team in the East. They're going to make it hard for you to do things and they did. We have to find better solutions for that moving forward. The good thing is we only came out of the period down by one and found a way to win the game.

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