The Sens kick off a 15-day, 7-game road trip tonight in Montreal and we've got pre-game quotes from Alex Burrows, everything the coach said yesterday and more in the Game Day 5 presented by Molson Canadian.
1. Burrows says...
We caught up with Sens forward Alex Burrows after yesterday's practice in Rockland and got his thoughts on facing the Canadiens, the lengthy road trip and more...
On the importance of staying even keel during the slump:
Every team goes through it; every team will face some adversity at one point during the season so we're in the thick of it right now. You can never get too low, we were just a few bounces away or one play away. It's not like we're getting blown out every game and guys have quit. I still think we have a really tight group and guys believe in our system and believe in each other. For us, we know it's an important trip. We haven't been good against Montreal in the last few games so it's a good way to get back on track by playing them at the Bell Centre where they've won their last two games. We take it like another challenge, it's a big game for us and we'll be ready for it.
On the upcoming 7-game road trip:
Obviously, there's nothing you can do about it. The schedule comes out and you know it's going to be a long trip. We're going to be crossing a lot of time zones and we're going to be in a lot of different cities. It'll be long and it might be tough on the body a little bit but at the same time to get the boys together and get the boys focused on games instead of having distractions at home...it could be a good thing. For me, it doesn't really matter if you're at home or away or going through a slump or not. You have to play the same way and prepare the same way. Hopefully we can have a good effort tomorrow night and the rest of the trip.
On the previous losses to the Canadiens this year:
One of them was pre-season and we didn't really have a lot of guys and we traveled on game day so we had a few excuses for that game but I think the one earlier in the year was one of the games that we really laid an egg. They've got a good team and have some skilled forwards that can make plays and they've got one of the best goalies in the world so for us to be successful against a team like that, we have to get pucks deep, we have to limit turnovers, we have to make their defencemen work in their own end and make them defend. If you're able to do that against them then normally you'll be able to have some success.
Over the past week we've been posting on Facebook and Twitter how you can earn an invite to tonight's SensXCasino watch party at the Casino du Lac-Leamy. Well all the invites have been given out and we're expecting another capacity crowd in The Zone to catch tonight's game against the Canadiens.
If you haven't been to one of these make sure to keep an eye on our social channels during the game because it's an awesome event full of food, prizes and a great atmosphere to watch the Sens play. We'll be sure to share some pics and vids from tonight's event to make you sufficiently jealous.
3. From the coach
Guy Boucher also spoke with the media yesterday in Rockland and here are a few of the coach's highlights...
On the team having two full days off after Saturday's game:
It was for the players and it was for the staff. It's been a very difficult schedule and we've been away for a week. We got back from Europe and played right away with 3 out of 4 and back-to-back against a team that wasn't. Then we were on the road for a week, come back for three days and then we're back out for two weeks. This was the moment to give a breather for everybody. Step back and reload mentally, physically and emotionally.
An update on Chris Wideman's injury:
I'll say it like it is, it's a bit of a nightmare injury and they're trying to figure out how to best approach it medically. It's something that rarely, rarely happens…there are a few examples I think through North America and we're trying to figure out which way is best to approach it so it's not a simple thing. It's a very long-term thing and now it's waiting to see what the medical staff and all the people that are advising him to see what's best.
An update on Mark Borowiecki's recovery:
No update yet. It's the same. We're waiting for him to be able to rebound from that hit and right now we're not close.
On identifying some of the issues from their past 6 games:
What we see right now is the management of games at the ends of periods where we have to be more patient. Not passive, patient with the result; aggressive in our actions but patient with the results so that we don't just sabotage ourselves.
Video: Nov 28: Boucher Practice Media
4. Previous meeting
Burrows eluded to it earlier but the last time these two squads met back on October 30th, the Canadiens hung eight on the Sens at Canadian Tire Centre. Pyatt, Dzingel and DiDomenico had the goals for Ottawa but the floodgates opened near the end of the second period and Montreal rattled off the final four goals of the game to secure and 8-3 win.
Here are the highlights...you can probably skip'em today though:
Video: Condensed Game: Canadiens @ Senators
5. Where to watch
It's a 7:30 p.m. start time in Montreal and if you weren't fortunate enough to earn an invite to the aforementioned Sens watch party at the Casino du Lac-Leamy you can catch all the action on Sportsnet and TSN 1200.