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Game Day 5: Sens vs Flames

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We've got quotes from Thomas Chabot and Mike Hoffman along with a bunch of other good stuff ahead of tonight's tilt with the Flames.

1. Chabot continues to grow

After playing in his 60th professional game this year last night, Thomas Chabot's development has been one of the bright spots during a disappointing Sens season.

"When I look back on last year, I think I might have played more games with the combination of the World Juniors, playoffs and the Memorial Cup," said Chabot. "But it's been hard this year with all the travel and the schedule. It's been a challenge and hard at times but this is where I want to be."

The transition to the pro game has been made even more difficult for the rookie defender as the Sens have 19 back-to-backs on their schedule this season.

"It's hard enough already with the challenge of playing in this league so when you play back-to-back you have to try to manage your energy," Chabot said. "You have to rest as much as you can during the days before it, take care of your body and go see the guys here for treatment if you need it to make sure that I'm ready for the second night."

As the Sens get set for the second half of their 15th back-to-back of the year tonight, Chabot has been satisfied with his rookie season as a pro so far, especially when it comes to making the transition to the bst league in the world and his growth in the defensive zone.

"I think I've grown a lot. When you look back at the start of the season to now, I think I've gotten better defensively," shared the 21-year-old defenceman. "It's never going to be perfect but we're trying to work on it and get a better stick, be stronger in battles and if I compare myself to where I was at the start of the year, I think I'm better than I was."

Video: BUF@OTT: Paajarvi earns 100th point on Chabot's goal

 

2. OSF Telethon

There's a great reason to tune in early tonight as the Sens Foundation Telethon gets underway at 6:30 p.m.

From sensfoundation.com:

On Friday, March 9 beginning at 6:30 p.m. prior to the Senators game vs the Calgary Flames. TSN has teamed up with the Ottawa Senators Foundation to tell stories about local kids and how the foundation is helping them overcome barriers and reach their potential.

There are several was that you can pledge your support and help to make a difference for children and their families in our community:

  • Make an ONLINE CONTRIBUTION
  • Text SENS to 45678 for a $10 donation
  • Text SENATORS to 45678 for a $5 donation
  • Call 1-844-8GO-SENS (846-7367)

Tweet from @Senators: The #OSFTelethon presented by Mitel kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ahead of tonight's game against the Flames. Tune in on TSN5 and help make a difference. @sensfoundationDETAILS: https://t.co/fnMJNtleMu pic.twitter.com/mIUeHwXhGI

 

3. Hoffman says

We recently caught up with Mike Hoffman to chat about the rest of the regular season, building towards next year and more...

On the team's focus for the remainder of the season:

Every player in here still has some personal goals and wants to play well for themselves and obviously for the team. No one is going to be taking their foot off the pedal. We all want to have a strong finish to the season and hopefully it will carry us into next year.


How the rest of this year can help set the team up for success next season:

You saw what Tampa Bay did towards the end of last season when they were kind of out of it and they worked their way back and found their game. Look at what they're doing this year. That's something that we can look at and learn from. 


Dealing with the distraction of hearing his name in trade rumours:

I love playing here and I love everything about it so this would obviously be my first pick but I don't control what could or will go on. I'm going to take it day-by-day here and go from there.


On the potential of playing a full season on a line with Matt Duchene:

It's been good that we've kept our lines the same; it lets players build up chemistry. I think it's really paid off. As you can see, guys are really starting to learn each other tendencies out on the ice and I think it'd be great to see what we could do for a full season together.

Video: OTT@PIT: Duchene redirects Hoffman's shot for PPG

 

4. Previous meeting

These teams last met way back on October 13th, 2017 and the Sens dropped six on the Flames in Calgary. Ottawa had multi-point efforts from four different players while Craig Anderson was perfect, stopping all 25 shots he faced to earn the 6-0 decision.

Lots of good stuff in here, check out the full highlights below...

Video: Anderson, Senators shut out Flames, 6-0

 

5. Where to watch

It's another 7:30 puck drop tonight at Canadian Tire Centre and if you haven't already, grab some tickets right here and we'll see you at the rink.

Can't make it to CTC? Then hit up Jonny Canuck's on Woodroffe which is a great place to catch a Sens game and today they'll be serving up pints of Molson Canadian for just $6.50.

Instagram from @senators: It's a #Sens game day! The Calgary Flames are in town tonight at 7:30 p.m. and don't miss the #OSFTelethon which kicks off an hour before puck drop. #GoSensGo

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