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Pre-game comments from Mike Kostka

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

We caught up with Sens defenceman Mike Kostka prior to the team traveling to Winnipeg for tonight's preseason game against the Jets.

On being potentially paired with Mark Borowiecki tonight:

I think so. They just kind of give us a day-to-day schedule so that was the line up for the practice which I guess we can assume that's what it will be for the game. It's always interesting playing with guys and seeing what they bring to the table and reading off them to see what they do so you can do your best to compliment their game as well. I enjoy playing with guys who are more of a stay-at-home because then I can maybe jump in a little more and show my offensive side because sometimes when you get two guys who are looking to jump, you don't want to bud each other in line. It can work out to be a good balance if you play a little bit of a polarizing role.

On showcasing his offensive skills so far in training camp:

I don't think I have a ton up to this point in time. A lot of that comes in power play situations as well which I haven't been in that role and that's fine. That means when I get an opportunity in my regular shifts I have to show that I can get my shots through and create things offensively. A big part is just moving the puck, moving it quickly and getting it into our forwards hands and joining the play from there.

His thoughts on his performance in training camp to date:

I came in really prepared this year and I'm happy how it's gone. The first two games I felt like I played good, not great, and then my last game was my best yet so I feel like I'm trending in the right direction.

On working his way into the Sens line-up:

The goal is to have it happen at the beginning but you just don't know. You just have to continue to play your game and showcase what you can do. If there is that hole or you can create that hole i the line-up which is my goal, then that's what I'm here to do. I'm here to be competitive and give everything I have. I know what my confidence level is and where I feel I can fit in and contribute. It's my job and I'm getting the opportunity to show that.

His thoughts on the Sens organization:

There's a really nice youthful, looser vibe that I think serves a good purpose when it comes to being able to perform. I've been in organizations where things are a little more rigid and you kind of feel like you're walking on eggshells a bit. I understand being professional and all that, it's not about that but around here it's nice. These guys definitely have a good chemistry after the run they went through last year. With the youth and the infusion of that I think you can feel the excitement.

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