The Senators hit the ice at Canadian Tire Centre for practice on Monday morning prior to travelling to New Jersey for tomorrow night's game. We caught up with the coach and a few players after the skate and here's what they had to say after the session was over.
First up, Senators head coach Dave Cameron spoke with the media about today's practice, some injury updates and more. Here's what he had to say courtesy of Sens TV...
On the status of Craig Anderson and if he'll travel with the team:
Day-to-day and no. He's been on the ice. He's just having trouble with the stick.
On if Alex Chiasson remains day-to-day as well.
On dealing with the highs and lows of a long season:
That's usually the difference between a rookie or a 100-game guy vs an experienced or veteran guy is that they're better able to handle that high and low, the good game, the bad game, the coach moving you around. The older guys shrug that off...and the young guys have to learn how to do that. They have to learn that every game is not their career. You can't play every game like it's your career. You just have to let the game come to you sometimes knowing full-well that you're going to make mistakes. It's about what you do with the mistakes and how often you make them.
On helping the young players with consistency:
The big thing I tell the young players is that the solution is within. Don't start looking at luck. Don't start looking at who your line-mate is. Don't start looking at the caliber of refereeing. It's within. So when your game is not going the way you think it should be, don't look outside for your solution. Your solution is within. We tell that too all our young guys.
On communicating with the players throughout the season:
Here's my theory on communicating with your players: I tell them how they have to play so I'll play them. Then, if you're a 30-goal scorer and I play you, you're going to score 30-goals. If you're a 20-goal scorer and I play you, you're going to score 20. You're going to be what you are if I play you. Where the hassle starts and I become a mean guy is when you don't play the way I tell you to play and I don't play you or I move you down the line-up. Then all of a sudden they start looking outside. That's why it's repeat, repeat, repeat and we take them into the video room, which I call the truth room, and say 'This is what we need'. Some guys you have to show once, the older guys usually, the young guys you just have to keep making sure that they don't look outside themselves and they accept the challenge of being better and put in the work everyday to be a National Hockey League player.
On the role video plays in the team's preparation:
We tell them all the time; 'If you don't want to watch video, play the way we tell you to play. There'll be less video'. And you hope as your team grows and you move through the season that there is less video but it comes in spurts. When you can't practice because of your schedule, you have to teach. So you teach through video. So if we get into a spot where we aren't practicing as much because of travel then the video probably goes up.
The coach had a few other quick updates as well...
Speaking of Robin Lehner, he also spoke with the media after practice today and you can catch his scrum here...
And finally, Sens centre Kyle Turris took some time to answer a few questions from the media as well. Catch his comments here...