As the Sens prepare for their final four pre-season games, including their last a Canadian Tire Centre tomorrow night, Sens head coach D.J. Smith met with the media after practice today to share some updates and insight from training camp.
Some injury updates:
Abramov, with a concussion, won't be out very long. He's already almost back but we're just going through the protocol with him. Boedker is going to join us in Vancouver, he's going to skate tomorrow to see how he is but he likely plays in Vancouver.
On when Vitaly Abramov may have sustained his concussion:
I'm not sure exactly when it happened but I believe it was (Monday night). He had a few minor symptoms but it is what it is and we have to treat it as such.
On the plan to re-integrate Mikkel Boedker back into the line-up:
He's right there. He'll skate again tomorrow. We're going to cut a few guys here today so it will be a smaller group for the second group and he'll skate with those guys tomorrow then possibly play in Vancouver.
What he's looking for out of the players fighting for spots during the last week of pre-season:
Now you have to separate yourself. Everyone is working hard and the biggest thing is we want to keep that momentum going into this regular season. Now it's who can separate themselves from the other guys when it comes to details, scoring, power play, penalty kill, checking…whatever it is you do, you have to find a way to find that extra gear. We'll be watching for that over the next week.
On what he's hoping to see from the Thomas Chabot - Nikita Zaitsev pairing tomorrow:
Chabot is a guy that we need to be in the rush and be a guy to create offence for us so Zaitsev has to be a guy that cleans it up a little bit for him. We want him to break the puck out but defend as well. He has a role that's a little bit like what Ron Hainsey had last year with Rielly but at the same point we want Zaitsev to have some freedom to get involved too.
On how many players he expects to travel to Vancouver for next week's pre-season games against the Canucks:
Ideally, it'd be 30 with 3 goalies and 27 players but we might have one more or one less. That's kind of where our head is with that.