Sens winger Chris Neil shares a few quick thoughts after the morning skate as the team prepares to face the New York Islanders tonight at Canadian Tire Centre on "Star Wars Night".
On tonight's game against the Islanders:
With the parity in the league now, every team's good. You can't take any team lightly and this team has definitely changed it's personnel over the last couple of years. They're a good hockey team so we've got to be ready to go. For me playing the Islanders, they've got a bunch of physical guys too so you have to match their intensity and be able to put your work boots on and go to work.
On how tight the standings are in the Eastern Conference:
Personally, I don't really look at the standings. I just look at it game-by-game. Every time your throw that jersey on you go out and try and get a win. It doesn't matter if you're in first place or last place. If you're winning, you're going to be in a good spot so you approach it game-by-game.
On younger players stepping up with the recent injuries:
Half of it is paying attention to details and doing the little things right. Being able to take constructive criticism in the right way. For me being an older guy and talking to some of the young guys telling them that if they do "this" and "this" a little better, they'll be in a better position. So paying attention to the little things, that's part of maturing.
On what they can do to reduce the number of shots Craig Anderson faces:
Stop the other team from shooting the puck (laughs). It's something that we're aware of. Every game we're trying to get the shots down and the last couple of games it's been our second period that's let us down. I think for us, the best way to eliminate shots is to play in the offensive zone and not in our own zone. That's one thing that we're trying to do.
On tonight being Star Wars Night and if he's a fan of the movies:
I watched all of them growing up. I haven't seen the recent one but all of them unique in their own way.
On if seeing fans dressed in Star Wars costumes tonight will be distracting:
Well we see people dressed up every day when the media comes in (laughs).