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Conacher on tonight vs. Montreal

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

Cory Conacher returns to the Sens lineup tonight after playing earlier in the pre-season when the Sens kicked off their exhibition campaign in Winnipeg and Saskatoon. As things stand, he will be skating on the line with Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur tonight when the Sens face off against the Canadiens.

Here's what Cory had to say about tonight's game...

On camp thus far:

It has gone really well, you know there's a lot of competition here and that's what makes guys better. Guys battling for a spot just makes you go that much harder and Ottawa runs a really good camp, we do a lot of skating, a lot of structural play on the ice and so it's been going well, I've learned a lot both offensively and defensively. They're basically getting us ready for the season and I think I'm ready for that.

On competition improving players:

Definitely, I tend to handle pressure pretty easily and you've just got to be a confident player out there and there's so many guys on this team, prospects on this team that can take that spot from you and you've just got to work harder than them. I'm friends with all of them so it's tough but once you're on the ice you're each competing for the same spot and sometimes you have to try and outwork them to get a spot.

On playing with MacArthur/Turris tonight:

I am (looking forward to it), yeah. They're both really good players. They tend to make the game pretty easy out there for a young guy like myself and, you know, we've got a chance to practice a lot together and I've already been to MacArthur's house a couple times. It's good to get that chemistry off the ice and hopefully that goes on the ice as well. Hopefully I can just work hard for them tonight and allow them to get open and get those goals because they know how to put the puck in the net.

On if things could spark again with Montreal:

Definitely, there's some guys in that lineup I don't like very much so it's definitely one of those games where stuff could happen and it's all part of the game. Whether it's fighting or hitting or going hard to the net and it's all about just earning you spot and being reliable on the ice. Montreal is a good team, they have a lot of good, young prospects as well so I think it's going to be a good game tonight and hopefully we can come out on top.

Here's Cory's scrum courtesy of Sens TV:

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