Tommy Wingels talks about his aclimatization to the coach's system, busting out of the team's recent funk and more before the Sens host the Dallas Stars tonight.
On becoming more comfortable playing within the Sens' system:
It's coming along well. Like you said, it's a lot of thinking and a lot of thought processing throughout the game: "Am I in the right position?", "Should I go here?" or "Should I not go?". It's really tough to play on the aggressive when you're doing that. Now that I'm more comfortable, it's becoming second nature and I can play a more aggressive game. Hopefully bring more to the table now and find a way to have a bigger impact night in and night out.
How his teammates have helped him adjust:
I've played with a few different guys to start but mixing and matching so when you do that you have to communicate. Guys here know the system better than I do so they've been very helpful. I think at times they take the defensive route so that I can just not think and go which makes it easier but it's about finding chemistry with those guys and realizing their habits and what they like to do.
On working their way out of their offensive woes:
There isn't panic in this room and nor should there be. It's certainly frustrating when you lose but you have to realize that's a part of it. Every team goes through this throughout a season and the good teams find a way to get out of it in 3 or 4 or 5 games. Teams that aren't mentally strong, that aren't a confident group it maybe takes them 8 to 10 games and I think this group can get out of it quickly. It's going back to what makes us a good team, what makes us a confident team and what makes us a hard and successful team. We know what those fundamentals are and we're going to get back to them.
On what to expect from the Dallas Stars:
They like to go. They're a team that is all about offence and transition and breaking out of the defensive zone. These guys want to go on the offence. I think they're built with some very high end skilled players and they've got guys on the backend like Klingberg who's very underrated and maybe one of the top offensive defencemen in the league. Their forwards with Benn, Seguin and the other guys who contribute are really good so we've got to be aware of them, look beyond their record and know what they're capable of. We'll be ready tonight.