The Senators hit the ice at Canadian Tire Centre for practice on Wednesday morning as they get set to host the New York Rangers tomorrow night. 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, keeping the team motivated and more. Here's what he had to say courtesy of Sens TV...
On the team's first off-day practice since early March:
I thought they were all right and getting back at it. I thought they did a good job at the start. You knew they were going to be a bit sloppy but the time off yesterday was good and the practice today was good. It was good to go through their routes and remind them of what their position is in different spots. I thought they were receptive.
On injury updates:
Status quo on the injuries. Milo's still obviously not on the ice. He's feeling some discomfort. Clarkie's back. Clarkie's looking good. Smitty said he had no ill effects with his hand. Neiler's still not able to practice with us. Robin...he was on the ice early.
On Craig Anderson's status:
Don't know. When I'm told he's ready I'll be optimistic.
On keeping the team motivated:
That's the narrow focus that we've always been trying to do. At the end of the day, we're battling for our lives to get in to the 8th spot. I think that the fact that we've grabbed it now but there are other good teams still in the hunt and we've got some real good teams we need to beat to keep this thing going. I don't see any signs that the team is getting comfortable.
On facing the New York Rangers tomorrow:
I think they're an older team. They have more experience in terms of that they went to the finals last year but at this time of the year...game on. Anybody can beat anybody this time of year. We respect the New York Rangers but we're going to give them a game. I'm quite confident of that.
Sens netminder Andrew Hammond also provided a few quick updates including a positive note on the injury he sustained against San Jose. Here are his post-practice comments to the media...
On the injury he sustained against the Sharks:
I feel better today. I just got a little banged up but today I feel good so I'll be good to go tomorrow night.
On his reaction to the hit he took:
It's that time of the year where your body feels the bruises a little bit more but I feel good. It's just minor and nothing serious that will keep me from playing and playing at a high level.
On if he feels he needs a rest:
I like playing every game so it's something where I feel like I play better when I get into a rhythm and playing more so anytime my name gets called I'll be ready and happy to play.
And finally, Sens winger Clarke MacArthur took a few moments to update the media on his status. MacArthur has been skating with the team recently and feels good about his chances to rejoin the line-up for an upcoming game. How soon? Here are his post-practice comments...
On how he feels after today's practice:
I fell all right. You're going every other time because I'm not on a line so that kind of hides me a little bit. It's going to be getting back in "game shape". It's going to take a few games, you're going to feel like crap for two games and you've just got to get through it. Trying to keep things simple and there's no shape like game shape, right?
On targeting a return:
I hope the weekend. I hope one of them. That's kind of the plan. To be able to get 7 or 8 games in before the end would be nice. Be apart of this. That's the plan as long as I pass the test tomorrow or the next day whenever I'm doing it.
On his time out of the line-up:
You feel worthless. I've never been on a team that's gone on such a run like this. It's great. The guys are buying in to playing a certain way. The biggest thing for me is that when you do get in you want to just add to that.