With the Ottawa Senators a few hours away from their Wednesday night tilt with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Sens are up against it physically tonight having finished up their game with the Buffalo Sabres less than 24 hours ago. Throw in a midnight flight and late check-in and you have a less than ideal way to take on Sidney Crosby & Co.
Marc Methot was a rock at the back end for the Sens against the Sabres on Tuesday and says that making sure you're taken care of physically is priority number one for a game like this.
"The obvious one is that we came in pretty late last night. Making sure that our bodies are ready and that we're well rested for tonight will be huge," said Methot, adding that the momentum of a win helps the situation.
The Sens made a point of going back to basics this week. Lots of shots on net and traffic in and around the opposition's crease have helped increase the potency of an attack that had disappeared over the last few games. Going forward the plan is to keep that approach consistent.
"We played a lot more simple. We weren't trying to do too much with the puck and we were driving the net pretty hard. Defensively we were strong, especially with Andy back there obviously and we had some good key penalty kills," said Methot. "Having timely goals for and getting the puck out of our end as quickly as possible is huge."
"Against a team on the road we're going to have to muck up some goals. They may not be the prettiest ones but those are the ones that will help us win and, like I said, there's no exception with that tonight."
Methot had a bit of a tweak to his sweater on Tuesday as he took on the 'A' typically worn by Jason Spezza which the coaching staff has been rotating amongst players. The letter was a new experience for Methot who hasn't worn one in some time.
"I think it was an exhibition game in Columbus. That would have been the last time so that was pretty cool for me," said Methot. "I don't ever actually expect it. I think we have so many good leaders in this room, the letter is obviously significant but we have a lot of guys who are capable."
If he keeps his level of play this high going forward, one would have to think the 'A' will be a regular sight on his jersey.