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Sens Practice Journal - 12.16.2014

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Senators hit the ice in New Jersey for practice on Tuesday morning after traveling yesterday from Buffalo. 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 after practice. Here's what he had to say...

On Neil and Smith's injuries:

With Neiler being the bulldog he is, he's progressing real well. I think we're still too far away to say a deadline. Smitty's had his procedure done and now it's just a matter of letting the healing take place. Both are week-to-week for sure with Smitty probably longer.

On Weircioch's status:

Day-to-day. He's banged up from last night's game.

On if that effects Phillip's return to the lineup:

Chris was going to come in anyway. So yes. He's coming in regardless.

On Methot's injury:

My first thought about it is you feel sorry that this thing keeps lingering on and on. You see the one step forward, one step back and that's really disheartening because most injuries you're able to get a reasonable timeframe of when you should be back. He just keeps aggravating it and it just keeps getting prolonged. I feel bad for him.

On tomorrow night's gameplan vs New Jersey:

We're going to play the type of game we did in our first two: fast, make sure we're supporting the puck, make sure that we're playing "ice behind", not turning over pucks, not chasing and our powerplay has to be better.

On tomorrow night's starting goalie:


Curtis Lazar spoke to the media after today's Sens practice. Here's what he had to say...

On the response after his first NHL goal:

It's tough because I don't really have an American plan so whenever I get wifi, stuff is still rolling in. It's good. A lot of words of encouragement on Twitter then the odd person making fun of me for taking so long but that's the nature of it and I'm glad to get it out of the way.

On the high of scoring his first NHL goal:

I laid in bed a little bit and still reflected back on it. It's a pretty cool accomplishment and I want to continue it. Tomorrow's another opportunity.

On making fun of himself:

If you can't poke fun at yourself then it's a tough business to be in.

On being drafted by the Sens in New Jersey:

I became an Ottawa Senator in this building and even walking out there I saw the section I was sitting in. It brought back a lot of memories there. I'm looking forward to actually stepping on the ice and playing a game here. Hopefully it's good luck for me.

Erik Karlsson also spoke to the media after today. Here are some of his thoughts...

On effects of his current ice time:

I don't think at the moment, we'll see after the season how I feel but as of right now I think it's fine.

On the importance of maintenance days:

When you play a lot of minutes, you've got to maintain yourself. And usually when you're not out on the ice (for practice) it's not because you're hurt or anything like that. It's more about maintaining it. Saving your energy and stuff like that. That's something that I obviously have to be aware of.

On if the team needs to play with "desperation":

I think so. We need to win games and we know that. As of late we've been playing really well and it feels like we're moving forward. Everybody seems to be feeling better about their game and that's what we strive for. Going forward, especially before Christmas, we have to try and win as many games as we can.

Kyle Turris spoke with the media as well. Here's what he had to say...

On his "game" right now:

I feel like it's getting better. I didn't have a very good start to the year but I'm starting to get my legs under me and starting to feel better. More consistent with my energy and how I feel.

On his role with the team:

I feel it's much the same as last year. I feel like last year some nights we faced the other team's top D pairing and other nights it was Spez. I think we helped each other out that way and this year Mika and I are doing the same thing.

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