We spoke with Sens defenseman Marc Methot to get some quick thoughts ahead of tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild.
On the turnout for today's Sens Gameday Experience at the morning skate:
It's weird because usually we come in here and we're still half asleep. You're not really preparing yourself like you normally would for a practice because we go back to bed and eat after the skate in the morning so it's a little different. You're kind of in a fog and you go out there and you see a couple thousand kids screaming (laughs) but it's a cool experience and you always know that with it being March Break they're going to come out and watch the skate. I'm sure it's a lot of fun for them.
On busting a few stick lately:
That's a just a coincidence. When we do a lot of one-timers in practices, once in awhile when you lean into them hard enough they'll just snap.
The importance of tonight's Autism Awareness Night:
I don't have anybody in my family fortunately that deals with that specifically but it's always great to see the organization get involved. This is one of the perks of being an NHL player and of having an NHL team in the city: you're able to help out. I know that the team is heavily involved here in Ottawa and I think we're known for that around the league. It's nice to see that there's a night dedicated to Autism.
On the impact Dion Phaneuf has had in a little over a month with the team:
First of all, it's helped our blueline big time. Having another top defenseman in your line-up is always a good thing and it certainly relieves pressure and it allows the lines to even out a little more so in my opinion it's been great for Ceci. I think he's benefited probably the most from it being that it's his partner and he's got a top-4 guy he can play with now. All those things are huge. I think he's also giving a little relief to Karl on the power play but I'm not sure how that works since I'm not a part of that. Personally, I know him very well and I'm very happy that he's here. He's a great guy.
On facing the Wild tonight who find themselves in a playoff spot in the West despite a similar record to the Sens:
That's us though. You can't look at that and kick yourself over it because we were in control of our own destiny this year and we didn't do a good enough job at handling that. But we do know one thing, they're going to be highly motivated coming in tonight. They're going to want to win this game badly and it's up to us being in our own building to try and work that advantage and get the fans into it.