Sens head coach D.J. Smith chatted with the media this afternoon following his team's practice at Canadian Tire Centre and provided a few injury updates and player insight as they get set for a pair of home games this weekend...
On Tyler Ennis leaving today's practice early:
He's good. Just some maintenance. He'll be good to go.
An update on Mark Borowiecki's lower body injury that he sustained against the Coyotes last night:
Boro's not good to go. He has a lot of swelling and we'll have more of an update this week. I don't know if it's high or low or whatever it is but it's pretty swollen so he's not going to play for the next little bit here.
What they'll miss with Borowiecki out of the line-up:
His mental preparation, how hard he plays, his leadership in the room…the whole thing will certainly be missed but we have other guys that will pick up the slack.
On Drake Batherson playing a more physical game recently:
I think he's gaining confidence. He's making plays, he's skating, he's a big body and I think he's earning that by getting on the forecheck and creating some contact. He's banging in to some people and then he gets the puck back so I think him and Namestnikov both did a real nice job on the forecheck yesterday by causing that first goal which really helped us out.
Video: ARI@OTT: Namestnikov scores on dump and chase
The importance of getting to the net on offence:
We've had a lot of shots that didn't go in the net. Something like 70 shots with just one goal so eventually we knew it was going to start going in and we hope that continues. To score in this league, you have to get in front of the goalie and you have to get some ugly goals. We got some in the blue paint last night which was good.
Facing a surging Maple Leafs team tomorrow night:
Every game for the Leafs now is big. They're battling for a playoff spot so for us this is free experience and we get to play against some of the best players in the world. It's great experience for us and we'll be ready to go.