The Senators hit the ice at Canadian Tire Centre for practice on Monday morning and we got updates from several players prior to their upcoming game in New York. Here's what they had to say after the session was over.
First up, Senators head coach Dave Cameron offered some comments on tomorrow night's line-up and more. Here's what he had to say courtesy of Sens TV...
On if Chris Neil will return to the line-up tomorrow:
On if Chris Phillips will return to the line-up tomorrow:
On if Craig Anderson will start in goal tomorrow against the Rangers:
On if Mark Borowiecki is playing against New York:
No. He's not ready. Won't play before the break.
On Colin Greening's status for tomorrow:
Not dressing tomorrow.
On Greening's status in the line-up:
Guys have moved by him, that's all I'm going to comment. Guys have moved by him.
On if Patrick Wiercioch will come out of the line-up:
On Wiercioch's play against the Hurricanes:
He had one of those games where the numbers don't justify the play. He's blocks that shot and I don't know how the puck goes in the net. It's going wide and it digs in and spins. He got in the lane and blocked the shot. That's why stats are only part of the equation. You have to always look at the big picture. It's very easy to get caught up in stats and they do serve a purpose but you have to look at the whole picture.
On the absence of Neil's physicality:
I can't say in any game where we lose was because we were out muscled. Do we appreciate and like Neil's physicality? Of course we do.
Speaking of Chris Neil, the rugged Sens winger also spoke with the media this morning after practice and you can watch his comments courtesy of Sens TV here...
On his recovery:
I feel great out there. I obviously worked hard to get back and that's what it takes. Every day in here skating and doing my workouts just to rehab my knee. It feels strong and I feel ready to go.
On the team's play in his absence:
Guy's have been playing hard. A couple different outcomes would have been nice but they played hard enough to win. Those are the hard ones to swallow because you feel you played well enough to win and then you don't get those two points. The positive sign is you follow it up with another one and another one and eventually you'll start winning more than you're losing.
On the last time he can recall missing this many games:
I'm not really sure. I've missed parts of a season before so it's not my first time doing this. I've had some other injuries that have kept me out a while but I think for me as soon as I can get back in I want to get back in.
Sens defenseman Mark Borowiecki took a moment to update the media on his injury status after today's skate...
On the status of the cut on his leg:
It's still pretty raw so it was definitely a little sensitive out there today but I feel really good.
On the likelihood of the cut reopening:
The stitches are out and it's totally sealed. There's just so much scar tissue so it kind of hurts to the touch a little bit but that will come with time.
On any issues from today's practice:
For me it was just the contact that was different. I've been on the ice pretty much every day for over an hour doing some pretty hard conditioning skates so I feel good doing that. I threw the contact in today just to see how it would go and obviously a little sore but not too bad.