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Turris: "It's the 'game within the game'."

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We caught up with Sens centre Kyle Turris after this morning's skate to chat all things face-offs before hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.

On the team's increased prowess in the face-off circle this season:

It's a combination of a lot of things but I think the biggest is experience. Learning what works and what doesn't and getting to know the guys you face-off against around the league and their tendencies. It plays a really big factor.

On the role video plays in face-off prep:

We watch video before every game on the other team's centremen and their tendencies and just try to get an idea going in to the game about what to expect.

On learning to hide your own tendencies from your opponent:

It's a fun part of the game that doesn't get very much attention but it's a really big part of the game. It's the "game within the game" that you take seriously but you can also interact with the centremen on the other team in a serious and joking way. You're always trying to hide what you're going to do. Sometimes you go in and you know what each other is going to do and you just trying to beat what he's going to do or vice versa. I really enjoy it, it's a fun part of the game.

On lining up against Sidney Crosby who's one of the top face-off guys in the league:

He's really strong. He has a really strong sweep where he just slaps the puck to the wall. He's got a strong stick so you're just trying to maneuver your stick in a way that doesn't allow the puck to slap where he wants it. It's a competitive part of the game and obviously he's a world class player but I'm going to do what I can to help the my team win.
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