Sens end long layoff, prep for Philly
Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency
|Garrioch says Jason Spezza bought into the Senators' rebuild from Day 1. (ERROL McGIHON,QMI AGENCY)
OTTAWA - The wait is over for the Ottawa Senators.
The Senators wrapped up a four-day break in the schedule by holding their final practice Friday at the Bell Sensplex before jetting to Philadelphia. They'll face the Flyers in a matinee affair on Saturday.
The club is well rested and ready for the challenge of making the playoffs.
"We've got three games in four nights again," said centre Jason Spezza of the very odd way their schedule has broken down over the past two weeks. "We just have to go into it with the same approach that we had last weekend: One game at a time."
The Senators are two points ahead of both the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres, and sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Sens and Sabres each have five games remaining, the Capitals have four.
Ottawa has the advantage in the tiebreaker on the Sabres, but not the Capitals. The good news in all this is that the Senators do control their own destiny.
"If we keep playing good hockey we're going to be rewarded with wins," said Spezza.
It doesn't appear coach Paul MacLean will make any changes to the lineup. Goalie Craig Anderson will likely get back-to-back starts against the Flyers Saturday and the New York Islanders Sunday.