After spending his first practice as a member of the Ottawa Senators on a line with Mika Zibanejad and Jakob Silfverberg Thursday, incoming rookie Cory Conacher says his Swedish definitely needs to improve.
As Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips prepared Monday for the charter flight here, kick-starting a seven-game, 15-day odyssey which will eventually cover 6,670 kilometres, he was able to put some perspective on the situation.
Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean gave his team Tuesday off from practice. No wonder. They looked like a tired team Monday, repeatedly beaten to the puck and forced into making bad decisions, over and over again, by the New Jersey Devils.