Sens right in their zone

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- The monotony of a week's worth of practices since their last game will likely affect the Senators' psyche more than changing time zones ever will.

While the Senators flew to Anaheim yesterday, much was being made of the fact Ottawa didn't play a game outside of the Central time zone this season.

"I would think the guys are going to get a chance to adjust fairly well," Senators coach Bryan Murray said before the club left Ottawa. "There's been a lot of practice and now we just want to get ready to play the games here.

AS FAR WEST AS CHICAGO

"Jason (Spezza) even made the comment, 'It feels like August, I've worked out so much.' Very definitely, it's been a long time to get going here and we hope when we drop the puck that we're just ready to go play."

The Senators, who didn't make a trip West of Chicago during the regular season, aren't concerned about adjusting to the time difference.

Murray noted with the games starting at 8 p.m. -- 5 p.m. out here -- it's not going to be much of an adjustment for the Senators.

"I'll just try to stay on Eastern time," said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. "I'll probably go to bed around 9 p.m., and then get up early the next day."

Defenceman Joe Corvo, who was signed as a free agent from the Los Angeles Kings last summer, said too much is being made of the time change.

"I don't think anybody is really thinking about it. I don't think it's an issue. It may be for other guys, but I'm not thinking about it," said Corvo. "I never had a problem going from the West to the East to play. I always felt good and I don't see how you can feel bad in the Stanley Cup final, to tell you the truth."

The biggest issue for the Senators could be rust.

LONG LAYOFF ... AGAIN

Ottawa hasn't played since eliminating the Sabres in Game 5 of Eastern Conference final last Saturday in Buffalo.

"Any time you get a chance to rest up it's good," said Senators winger Chris Neil. "Whether you're banged up or not, through the first three series it was pretty tough, and we had a lot of guys who played some high minutes.

"You don't want get too much rest because you can get away from the intensity level. But I think we've done a good job in practice trying to keep the pace up. We know we have to be focused and ready to go."

FISHER SITS OUT

Centre Mike Fisher missed yesterday's workout with a sore hip, but will be ready to play in Game 1 tomorrow night.

Ottawa isn't the only place Cup fever is running high. The Ducks put their remaining tickets for all four games of the final on sale yesterday and they were sold out in under an hour.

"The guys are really eager," said Ottawa defenceman Wade Redden. "We've skated and worked hard and the guys are hungry to get out there."


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