We caught up with Sens centre Kyle Turris to get some quick pre-game thoughts ahead of tonight's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
On working on face-offs during practice:
It's something that I wanted to make a point of improving this year. We do it as a centreman group every pre-game skate just to get into a rhythm for the game that night, get comfortable and maybe pre-scout a couple of things that we're expecting from the players we're playing that night.
On what goes in to scouting face-offs:
We watch video before every game on their four centreman and how they take draws and what tendencies they have. Throughout the game we'll talk about what's working against one guy and what's not working against others. We're a group working together to try and have a good team percentage.
On the team's 7th ranked power play:
We started off real hot, got cold for awhile and we've been hot again lately. We're trying to hold on to pucks more, get their penalty kill a bit tired and get moving around to open up seams. Ultimately, you're trying to get a screen and a real good shot. It's kind of a combination of everything.
On the "luck" factor behind a successful power play:
You're getting bounces or you're not. The more you have a screen at the net, the more you hold on to the puck to tire them out, the more you pass through the seams for open shots gives you a better opportunity but they're not always going to go in. You're trying to do the right things to give you the best chance of scoring but you have to realize that you're not always going to score.
On what it would mean to take 8 of 10 points on this home stand:
That's one thing we've talked about is that we got off to a real bad start at home here. We wanted to right the ship in that department so to be able to take 8 out of 10 points here would be huge for our team in the standings but also to re-establish that home ice advantage.