The Senators hit the ice at Canadian Tire Centre for practice on Friday morning before traveling to Boston. Here's what they had to say after the session was over...
Senators head coach Dave Cameron offered some updates after last night's game and tomorrow's tilt with Boston after practice. Here's what he had to say...
On Cowen's availability tomorrow after leaving practice this morning:
I'll say yes. He blocked a shot. I don't mind players missing practice for blocked shots.
On Methot's availability tomorrow:
I can't say yes, I can't say no right now. I have to wait until tomorrow. I thought he struggled a bit today with his mobility.
On MacArthur being "good to go" tomorrow:
Yeah. I talked to Clarke this morning and with the type of flu he had he lost a bit of weight but he felt good today. I told him that if there were any lingering effects to stay out for practice today and take the day off.
On avoiding the flu in an NHL lockerroom:
We do all what I consider to be the "standard practices". Wash your hands, getting the equipment cleaned. For me its this Mumps thing, not sure how you protect against that. It's really hard when you have so many people traveling together and living together, sharing food, etc... It's really hard to eliminate.
On last night's game:
I thought we did a lot of good things and that was the message this morning. We're going to take all those good things, we're going to build on them but obviously we lost the hockey game so there are a few things that we have to get a bit better at. So we're still going to push to be better.
On tomorrow's starting goalie:
On the similarity between the Kings and the Bruins:
I think they're very similar teams. All those teams play the same way. They play hard. The score doesn't really affect them. They've won doing it so they trust it even more. The momentum swings are a lot less because the score doesn't matter.
Clarke MacArthur spoke to the media after today's Sens practice. Here's what he had to say...
On yesterday's stomach bug:
I went out for practice (yesterday) and about halfway through I had to make a sprint for the room. I just made it in time.
His thoughts on last night's game:
We stuck with them for a good portion of the game. When we made it 2-2 they came back and responded right away. That kind of killed the momentum a little bit but I thought the work ethic was there for sure.
On when a new coach's message trickles down:
It's going to take a little time. He's had two or three practices and a game but we have some good competition right off the bat. It's about keeping that work ethic.
Erik Karlsson also spoke to the media after today. Here are some of his thoughts...
On last night's game:
I think we played well. For the most part, I think we kept it high paced and we showed we could play with L.A. Unfortunately, in the end they scored more goals than we did. They're a good team and they played a little bit harder for a little bit longer than we did. We feel good about a lot of things we did yesterday and that's what we need to build on.
On the effects of a new head coach:
I think it's going to be good for us. Everybody's motivated and everybody wanted to do well. We got a wake-up call to let us know we need to step our game up and that's what we have to do as a team.
And finally, Chris Neil updated the media on his injury sustained during last night's game...
The play that caused his injury:
I see him coming and I try to get the puck in deep, take the hit, make the play. It was a clean hit and it was just the way he got me. I tried to brace myself but it probably would've been better if I wholesaled and made it look like a bigger hit.
On the severity of his knee injury:
I'm not really sure. We'll know more in a week or so once I get most of the swelling out of it.
On his timeframe for a return:
It's not one of those things where it's day-by-day. More like week-by-week. I was already on top of things and on the treadmill this morning so I can try and get back as quick as I can.