Zibanejad hopes for Olympic spot in 2018

Mika Zibanejad has been cheering for fellow Swede and teammate Erik Karlsson at the Olympics. (USA...

Mika Zibanejad has been cheering for fellow Swede and teammate Erik Karlsson at the Olympics. (USA TODAY FILE)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:05 PM ET

The Senators went on the ice early at the Bell Sensplex Friday to make sure they could gather around their TV sets at noon to watch the cross-border battle between Canada and the U.S. at the Olympics in Sochi.

That doesn't mean there was any shortage of hard work.

The Senators don't start the schedule until Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings at home, but slowly the buildup is beginning with the pace of practice showing a noticeable increase.


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