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Game Day 5: Sens vs Sabres

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We catch up with Magnus Paajarvi, Tom Pyatt on the mend and more before puck drop against the Sabres.

1. Paajarvi settling in

It's been a little over a month and a half since the Sens claimed forward Magnus Paajarvi off waivers from the St. Louis Blues but with the team's hectic schedule and frequent road trips, the 26-year-old Swede hasn't had a chance to take in too much of Ottawa yet.

"We've had a really busy schedule and we've been on the road a lot," said Paajarvi. "But the few times I've been able to go out, it's been nice. You can really feel the hockey atmosphere in the city even though we're not where we want to be. The fans still support us, it's awesome."

Paajarvi admits that he's looking forward to exploring the city a little more when he has the chance but for now, he's just excited to find a home...or a house...or a kitchen...or a non-hotel room to spend his down time in.

"I love the refrigerator," Paajarvi joked. "I love to cook but I can't do that now. It's a lot of going out to eat but that's fine. I try to hang out with the guys who have a house so I can be there (laughs)."

While Paajarvi continues to live the "hotel life", he's finding more and more opportunities on the ice with the Senators which has included several games skating on the team's top line with Matt Duchene and Mike Hoffman.

"I feel really good about the role I have here," he said. "I want to play as much as I can but I realize where I'm at and I realize the situation I'm in. I'm just trying to bring my speed, forecheck and create space for my linemates. It doesn't really matter who I play with, they want me to play the same way and I think I should too."

Video: NYR@OTT: Paajarvi buries the loose puck in the crease

 

2. Pyatt feeling better

He was a late scratch on Monday in Dallas but after a full day off and a trip back home, Tom Pyatt is feeling much better.

"I got sick right after lunch," shared Pyatt about missing the game against the Stars. "It just kind of came out of nowhere. I was feeling a bit off in the morning and after lunch it all just hit me."

The source of Pyatt's illness is still a bit of a mystery but his diagnosis is a combination travel, time of the year and maybe something he ate.

"I think everyone was feeling a bit of fatigue from the trip too," he said. "With all that travel plus it could have been the food or something that really push me over the edge."

Sitting out games is something new for Pyatt as a Senators since he hasn't missed a regular season game since signing with Ottawa nearly two years ago, a stretch that has spanned 146 games.

"I missed a few in the playoffs last year," said Pyatt. "But that was the first regular season game I've missed in Ottawa."

 

3. Duchene says

After yesterday's practice at Canadian Tire Centre, Matt Duchene spent some time talking about tonight's opponent along with the team's focus for the remainder of the season...

On facing the Sabres:

We played really well against Buffalo last time. We're looking to duplicate that effort and we're in no position to take another team lightly.

 

Approaching the remaining games this year:

We have to go out there every game and try to put on a good show for the fans. Our focus right now is we want to be good for each other and build towards next year.

 

What they can work on that will hopefully carry over to next season:

There are lots of little Xs and Os but I won't bore you with the details but they're all things that can help us to be better next season.

 

4. Previous meeting

These teams ast met just 3 weeks ago at Canadian Tire Centre with the Sens earning a 3-2 overtime win thanks to an absolute cannon from Mike Hoffman in the extra frame. Duchene chipped in with 3 helpers while Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist in the victory.

Full highlights from that game below...

Video: Hoffman scores in OT as Sens rally past Sabres, 3-2

 

5. Where to watch

It's a 7:30 start tonight at Canadian Tire Centre and there are still some tickets available so grab yours here and we'll see you at the rink. 

In need of a spot to catch tonight's game? Well if you can't make it to the rink, Sens House is literally the next best thing and during this evening's game against the Sabres they'll be serving up specials of Molson Canadian ($5 for a 437ml or $4 for a 355ml). Click here to make a reservation.

Instagram from @senators: It's a #Sens game day! After a 4-game road trip the #Sens return home to host the Sabres tonight at 7:30 p.m. #GoSensGo

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