NEWS: Sens News: March 31st

-No lineup changes are expected for the Sens this afternoon.

Paul MacLean talked about the year that was and the last few games of the season, “From Day 1, we said we were building a foundation to win. We’ve laid a lot of good stones in that foundation through adversity and through success. These last five games are another opportunity. For me, this is when you really find out about players and how do you play when you’re under the gun with the pressure. These are valuable building blocks to our organization, not only for this year, but down the road. This is when it really counts. This is when you find out who you can depend on.”

Sergei Gonchar talks about Filip Kuba‘s chemistry with Erik Karlsson, “Since Kuba‘s an offensive guy it’s easier for him to read because he understands what’s going on and he understands Erik very well. When he knows that Erik will go he’ll stay back and once in a while when he sees Erik‘s not going then he jumps in. It’s one of those things that can only happen when you have an understanding of your partner and an understanding of the game.”

Joy Lindsay reports that Corey Cowick has been recalled from Elmira while Josh Godfrey was sent down.  Andre Petersson and David Dziurzynski will be game-time decisions and Robin Lehner is expected to get the start.  Here were the lines at practice: Cole Schneider-Pat Cannone-Francis Lessard, Mike Hoffman-Stéphane Da Costa-Jack Downing, Derek Grant-Wacey Hamilton-Mark Parrish, Matt Puempel-Mike Bartlett-Corey Cowick; Mark Borowiecki-Craig Schira, Patrick Wiercioch-Eric Gryba, Dan Henningson-Tim Conboy.

Jordan Fransoo‘s Victoria Royals were eliminated in the WHL playoffs, making him eligible to play for Binghamton if he signs an ATO.

Capgeek has unconfirmed numbers for Chris Wideman‘s contract (590k).

-Here’s my profile of Sens prospect Michael Sdao.

-For those who missed it, Sens prospect Darren Kramer has invented a new kind of container for peanut butter and mayonnaise.

Adrian Dater offers up his own awards for this NHL season.

This article is written by Peter Levi, be sure to follow @eyeonthesens