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Sens adjusting to schedule changes

by Matt Tidcombe @matttidcombe

It's all about adapting on the fly for the Ottawa Senators.

With the Vancouver Canucks' ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, it prompted some scheduling changes for the Sens that saw them play in Winnipeg last night, a game that was originally set to take place on May 7.

The Sens had just a four day heads up on the switch and while Ottawa were beaten 4-3 Monday, preparation for last minute changes to the schedule are made easier with just six opponents this season.

"We know how hard the division is and the compete level of all these teams but in saying that, the pre-scouts and all those things, we've all played each other so many times that it's not the typical pre-scout of a team that you play out west that you don't see and all of a sudden you have to adjust to a bunch of things," Sens head coach D.J. Smith said. "These are like mini playoff series and everyone knows what each other's doing.

"It's just who executes better and who plays harder that night and whose goalie is better."

That change wasn't the first time this season the Sens have dealt with a moving schedule. Due to Montreal's recent Covid-19 issues, the Senators wound up with a week-long break between games from March 25 - April 1 that saw three of their games moved to different days to accommadate the teams involved.

Ottawa's scheduled matchups with Montreal on March 28 and 30 were moved to April 17 and May 5 respectively, while the Sens' May 5 game with Toronto was moved to May 10.

Addtionally, their scheduled game with Edmonton on Friday was moved up 24 hours meaning the Sens and Oilers will now play a back-to-back at Canadian Tire Centre beginning Wednesday.

As for the guys on the ice, they're taking it all in stride.

"During the season we're told where to be and when to be so it's not really anything new," Ryan Dzingel said. "Obviously, days off change, practice times change, but I think it's just a little bit of the same stuff. It seems a little weird, but we're use to that.

"We're used to everything changing last minute and you've got to be prepared and be professional."

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