A few games back, Senators winger Erik Condra joked that when a long shootout comes, coach Paul MacLean simply puts all the players’ names in a hat, closes his eyes and picks out those who will get a chance to shoot.
At the end of a rare hour-long Ottawa Senators practice on Monday, Mika Zibanejad stayed on the ice for some extra work. Zibanejed spent time deflecting pucks from assistant coach Jason Smith. After Smith left, Zibanejad took shots on his own.
Daniel Alfredsson will be aiming to lead the Ottawa Senators to a victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday. When the game is done, though, he will be anxious to see how his good friend Wade Redden made out in his 1,000th career NHL game.
Of course, it wasn’t going to be easy. While the Ottawa Senators kicked off their four-game homestand by knocking off the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday, they needed to dive in front of pucks in the final seconds – and they received a lucky bounce or two — to preserve a victory which seemed to be well in hand when they led 4-1 in the second period.