Practice Notes and The Energizer Night Skate

SensChirp December 21, 2011 0

After an impressive win over the Sabres last night, the Ottawa Senators will now play two more games before a couple days off for the Christmas break.

First up is a home date with the Florida Panthers tomorrow night. The Sens are then in action the following night when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes. A great chance for the Sens to head into the holiday break on a high.

The team was on the ice for practice today and lined up the same way as they did against the Sabres with one small change.

Jesse Winchester is the latest player to join the long list of guys that have suffered a concussion this season. He was run from behind by Paul Gaustad last night on a play Sens head coach Paul MacLean called dangerous. Still no sign of supplementary discipline related to the incident.

With Winchester sidelined, the Sens will have to shuffle the line up a little bit tomorrow night. The injury to Winchester means that Bobby Butler will likely draw back into the line up.

Milan Michalek practiced with the team and is closing in on a return. Michalek was wearing a no-contact sweater at practice but it’s clear he’s getting close. It sounds like the Sens leading goal scorer has been all but ruled out for tomorrow night but there is a chance he plays on Friday.

MacLean made it clear that the decision rests with Michalek at this point. Craig Anderson will start in goal tomorrow. 

The team announced today that there are less than 6,500 tickets remaining for the team's next seven home games.  With Christmas just around the corner, I can't think of a better gift for Sens fans of all ages.

Contact Mike McCarthy at for more details.


With the NHL All Star Game now just a little over a month away, preparations are already underway for what will be an amazing event here in Ottawa.

The Energizer Night Skate at NHL All-Star will be held on the Rideau Canal on January 27.  This unique event will raise funds for the Sens Foundation and their work build outdoor rinks in the region.  All participants will be given toques and head lamps to wear which should make for an amazing visual.
Cost of registration is $20 per person or $15 for kids aged 12 and under.  For more information on how you can get involved, visit this link or to sign up go here.