Lehner finally settled in
Swedish goalie set to move into Alfredsson's old home
Daniel Alfredsson is long gone from his old house west of Ottawa, but it remains Home Swede Home.
Ottawa Senators goaltender Robin Lehner has bought the place from the former Senators captain and is getting set up in his new digs.
It's a sign that Lehner finally feels settled here.
"It's my first Day 1 (in the National Hockey League), I've ever been to, so it feels pretty good," Lehner said Tuesday after the Senators practised with their opening-day roster of 22 for the first time.
Lehner, 22, doesn't want to make a big deal out of his real-estate purchase, but he acknowledges it's a perfect spot for himself and his girlfriend and has plenty of room for his two dogs to run freely.
He also says it will be a welcome landing spot for family members visiting from Sweden.
Alfredsson, who signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings in July, put the house up for sale after moving to Detroit with his wife, Bibbi, and their four sons.
LONG CAM P, LONG WAIT
By the time the Senators finally get some game action on Friday against Buffalo, the NHL season will be well underway.
Meanwhile, the Senators will have had a full week of practice in preparation for opening night.
Advantage? Disadvantage? Either way, goaltender Craig Anderson says the Senators must use the workouts to get the best possible edge.
"You have to," he said. "Other teams are going to have played a couple of games before us.
"They're going to have a little bit of game experience under their belt."
While Anderson says it's fine to adopt a practice makes perfect approach, he recognizes that true game experiences can't be simulated. "It's a read and react game, and you have to do the best you can in those situations.
You can practise things 100,000 times, but they always seem to do differently in games."
After Friday's game in Buffalo, the Senators will be right back at it Saturday in Toronto against Toronto Maple Leafs.
Is Anderson prepared to play both games? "If that's the way it comes down, that's the way it comes down," he said. "You earn your ice time and the ultimate decision comes down to the coaching staff."
Special teams will be a focus for the Senators during practice this week.
The way it looked Tuesday, the first power-play unit will feature Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan up front, with Patrick Wiercioch and Erik Karlsson on the points.
The second unit featured forwards Clarke MacArthur, Kyle Turris and Cory Conacher, with Joe Corvo and Chris Phillips manning the point positions.
Neither Jean-Gabriel Pageau nor Erik Condra is likely to be a healthy scratch opening night because they appear to be coach Paul Mac-Lean's first choice for forwards while penalty killing.
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