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Pre-game comments from Zack Smith

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Sens centre Zack Smith offered up some pre-game thoughts ahead of tonight's preseason contest in Montreal against the Canadiens.

On showing he can still chip in offensively:

It wasn't by any means successful on the point production front for me last year so I have something prove this year. I think it starts with preseason. It was nice to get on the board last game and with that it builds a little confidence.

On being injury-free going in training camp:

I feel 100% healthy. The wrist is doing good. It's as strong as it was before and it hasn't really been an issue. It's more getting the confidence back by just playing some games and getting back to the way I was playing when I was a hard player to play against who could help on offence too and putting up the odd goal.

On gaining confidence from being healthy:

It's one less thing in the back of your mind to worry about. Anyone who's been injured knows that. It's one more thing you have to play through and sometimes it's hard to play with confidence when you know that you're not 100%. So it's a big part of it. You know if you're rolling and you're playing with confidence and scoring goals, I don't want to say it's easier to play through injuries and stuff but you're more successful. I feel like after last year I had to dig myself out of a hole a bit. I feel a lot better this year coming in t camp.

On the pace of skates and games starting to ramp up:

You notice in the practices and every game too. They get a little more physical and a little more intense. Last game got a little chippy there. The pace has definitely picked up and that's what you want. If you watch our practices too the intesity is picking up.

On facing a rival like Montreal at this point in the preseason helping to increase the pace:

It's a great place to play. It's an easy rink to get up to play in. It's one of the best, if not the best, away rinks so that will only help to add to the pace and intensity of the game. There are only a few more games left before the regular season so everyone is making that last push.

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