The Senators hit the ice at Canadian Tire Centre for practice on Monday morning before travelling to Buffalo for tomorrow's game. Here's what they had to say after the session was over.
First up, Senators head coach Dave Cameron offered some comments on a few of the player's injuries, the team's work ethic and more. Here's what he had to say courtesy of Sens TV...
Update on Craig Anderson:
As far as I'm concerned, there's no update. Nobody's told me he's ready to play.
On if Robin Lehner will start tomorrow against the Sabres:
On Lehner's emotional outburst against the Blue Jackets:
Emotion is good. Controlling your emotions is much better. I'll leave it at that.
On facing the last place Sabres tomorrow:
We haven't earned the right to take any game that should be a sure win or a guaranteed win for granted. We're not there. That was a big part of our meetings today. We have to still concentrate on how we play, we have to work our way through this, we have to execute our way through this and so it's going to be about how we play. We haven't earned the right to start check-marking games where we should beat these teams.
On today's high-energy practice:
We have to work our way through it and we have to stay positive. What's going to determine your work ethic is your attitude and that's the biggest asset we have moving forward. Regardless of where the team is, if we're going to get to the next level it's going to be based on attitude and attitude-driven. I have no qualms with this team's work ethic. I don't, to date. The execution and that, comes and goes with teams that are struggling for sure but work ethic and attitude for the most part have been good.
Update on Chris Phillips's injury:
It's somewhere between a lower and upper body injury. I don't think he's day-to-day, instead he's probably looking at a work or so.
As the coach announced, Robin Lehner is set to start against the Sabres. Here are a few of his post-practice comments to the media...
On his frustration after Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Blue Jackets:
Well we've lost 3 in a row and I'm not happy about it. None of us are happy with how we played that third period. We lost a game that I think was easily winnable or at least to get a point out of.
On the team's current spot in the standings:
I don't look at the standings to be honest with you. I take it day-by-day and game-by-game right now. We're not happy about it.
On moving past Saturday's game:
I've forgotten about it.
On how this young team is developing:
We're doing a lot of good things and we need to find a way to do them more consistently. All the best teams in the league have gone through this. We're still in a rebuild phase and for a few years we've lost some key players and we're trying to bounce back from it. A lot of guys are doing a great job, the leadership group is doing a great job but we are where we are and we're trying to work on it and we're trying to get better.
And finally, Sens defenseman Mark Borowiecki took a few moments and spoke with the media. Here are his post-practice comments...
On the team's recent play:
It seems like when we do something good on one side of the puck, the other side of the puck isn't really going for us. Right now for the most part, we aren't playing to bad defensively, obviously a few slip-ups that cost us, but for the most part I think we're doing better now. For whatever reason, we just can't seem to put the puck in the net.
Speaking about playing for the fans:
I grew up an Ottawa fan and saw some tough years for the organization too so I know what they're going through. It's never fun for the team that you're cheering for to be struggling but hopefully they can take some pride in us being a young team and making some steps forward.
On using Saturday's loss and yesterday's day off as motivation:
You're never satisfied after a loss like that. Obviously the mental break is nice and needed sometimes, especially when you're slumping. Sometimes it's a good thing to just get away from the rink and the game and come back refreshed. At the same time, you can't help but think back to the last game and every shift you had or mistake you made.