|A former Los Angeles King, Sens defenceman Joe Corvo is familiar with travelling in and out of the Pacific Time Zone for games. He doesn't expect it to be an issue for his team in the Stanley Cup final.|
by Todd Anderson
The Ottawa Senators are making their first trip of the season to the Pacific Time Zone, where they will take on the Anaheim Ducks for Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup final, but they don't expect the time change will be a factor in their quest for the Cup.
"I don't think so," Sens defenceman Joe Corvo says. "That's why (we left for Anaheim) a day earlier than we should, just to get acclimated. It will be fine.
"We're all professionals. I don't think it's going to be an issue. I don't see how you can feel bad when you're playing in the Stanley Cup finals to tell you the truth."
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has learned a lot about getting accustomed to various time changes during a career that not only includes 11 years in the NHL, but also several international competitions. He has a plan heading into the Cup final.
"I'm just going to try and stay on the same time, with the Eastern time," Alfredsson says. "It'll be early to bed, 9 p.m. at the latest (last night), and get up early in the morning and take it the same way because it's a 5 p.m. game, their time, which would be 8 p.m. Eastern time."
Tomorrow's opener of the Stanley Cup final will mark Ottawa's first trip outside the Eastern Time Zone since a March 4, 2007, visit to Chicago, where they lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Blackhawks. Ottawa's last game in the Pacific Time Zone was on Dec. 9, 2005, when they fell 3-2 to the Vancouver Canucks, also in a shootout.
The most recent trip to California was a three-game road trip against the Los Angeles Kings (4-3 loss), Ducks (3-0 win) and San Jose Sharks (4-1 win) on Oct. 15, 17 and 18, 2003, respectively.
Senators head coach Bryan Murray doesn't see any cause for major adjustments during the latest trip to the California coasts.
"It's really only five hours away, and I think the guys will adjust fairly well to the time for the game," Murray said on Saturday before the team left for Anaheim. "The game is basically the same time it would be over here. We'll just do the normal things for the most part."