The NHL playoffs won't be entirely new to 27-year old defenceman Chris Wideman, but playing in them will be. Wideman, the AHL's top defenceman in 2014-15, was a member of the Black Aces for the Senators during their first round series with the Canadiens in 2015 and looks to draw on that experience tonight when he makes his post-season debut against the Boston Bruins.
On getting his first taste of NHL playoff action tonight:
It's obviously what we've worked for all year and growing up a hockey fan I remember watching a lot of playoff games as a kid so it's going to be exciting.
On keeping his emotions and nerves in check:
It's definitely important so I'm going to look at guys who have been here before and the leaders on this team to help guide guys like me and other who are having their first experience. It's important to keep everything in check through a series like this.
What he expects from his first shift:
Everyone is excited to play so I imagine the first shift will be pretty exciting and then after that just block it all out and play hockey.
Being around the Sens last time they were in the playoffs:
I was here as a Black Ace when they played against Montreal. That was a tough loss and just being around to see that it was such hard fought series. That's really my only memory of being here for the playoffs.
On if his experience as a Black Ace will help him tonight:
I think just being here the last couple of years is going to help. We have a group that's familiar with each other and guys are all excited for this opportunity.
What he expects from the crowd tonight:
It's going to be loud. I'm really excited. When our fans get into it they're very passionate and they are some of the best in the league so it should be exciting.