Tuesday night's game will mark Mike Lundin
's first in a Sens jersey against a divisional opponent. Despite a long layover between NHL games, Lundin has looked solid in his first two games against Southeast opposition Carolina and Winnipeg, showing off his skating ability to accompany his quiet defensive play.
With two games under his belt now, he is feeling right back in the swing of things.
"Having a few more practices always helps and obviously playing the two games," said Lundin. "Every time I step on the ice with the team I feel a little bit more comfortable and a little bit more sure of fitting in and what it is I need to do to help the team."
A big part of that has to do with how he has adapted to his defensive partner, veteran Sergei Gonchar. Playing next to a creative offensive player like Gonchar has been an easy transition for Lundin thus far.
"I just try to make the plays as easy as I can for him and try to get him the puck. He's been great to play with."
With the Sabres coming to town needing to play desperate hockey, Tuesday's game will be the most demanding of Lundin's very brief Sens career. Part of the challenge beyond the intensity of a Sens-Sabres game will be dealing with the numerous looks Buffalo can throw at you up front.
"They have a little bit of everything, I think, in their forward lines. They have some big, strong guys and then they have some quick, little guys and everything in between," said Lundin. You're going to have every kind of scenario coming at you."
Having kicked off his time in Ottawa with a matchup that featured the Eric and Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner up front, Lundin should be accustomed to players who can test you in different ways.
The real challenge for him to this point in his time with the Sens has been off the ice as his wife, Shelly, gave birth to twin girls last Sunday, Lily Katherine and Sophie Leigh. Two newborns in the thick of a compacted NHL schedule only proves that there truly is no rest for the weary. The good news is, of course, everything has gone according to plan at home.
"Good, very good. Everything has gone very well so far. "