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Claude Giroux of the Senators will make his home debut on Saturday

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BEAUTIFUL CITY – Claude Giroux made his presence felt at Ottawa Senators training camp.

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Senators fans will get a first-hand look Saturday night when he dresses at the Canadian Tire Center for the first time since signing with the club in July. The Senators will face the Montreal Canadiens in Ottawa’s only 2022 preseason game at home.

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“What people don’t know about him is that he’s a very calm guy and he wants to win,” the coach said. dj Black-smith said. “He’s competitive and he didn’t come here to come home and play games. He wants to win, he wants to be part of this team by being better.

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“He wants to be part of these guys’ push and he’s going to push himself and I’m going to push him. It’s the coach’s job, to get the best out of him while he leads these guys.

Giroux is expected to start the season on the right side of center Tim Stutzle and winger Alex DeBrincat. Trying to get the special teams units ready for the season, Smith made a small change by taking on Stutzle to face the Leafs.

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Stutzle will be part of a power play unit with captain Brady Tkachuk and winger Drake Batherson, so the technical staff wanted to see them together. As a result, they all made the trip here. Shane Pinto was in the middle of the other unit with Giroux and DeBrincat, and this trio will face the Habs.

“Everyone is comfortable with the position we’re in right now,” Giroux said. “At the end of the day, we’re here to win hockey games. Whoever puts the puck in the net will be on the ice and no one will be upset about where they are and who they are playing with.

“We’re just happy that we can push each other.”

Giroux is doing his part to improve the players around him. He spent time during the skates working with the young players on draws.

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radio analyst Gord Wilson noted Thursday that Giroux made 17,390 faceoffs in his career and won 55%. That’s an incredible stat, because a big part of this game is having the puck, and winning ties is key.

Giroux said he was trying to do everything he could to help, and Stutzle asked for advice. The tastes of Josh Norris and Pinto were also able to acquire knowledge.

“Timmy asked me to help him and I told him to close his eyes and go as hard as he could,” Giroux said with a smile. “With experience and with many years, you are able to learn things that you are good at.”

Giroux played 1,000 games with the Philadelphia Flyers. He had the chance to play with players like Mike Richards, Daniel Briere and Chris Pronger to learn leadership.

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“I want to win hockey games,” he said. “That’s why we’re teammates, that’s why we’re together. They help me as much as I help them. We’re all in this together and whenever you have the opportunity to help a teammate or him tip a little whether he listens or not doesn’t really matter as we are just trying to help each other.

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Forward Derick Brassard will have a good opportunity to show the Senators what he has with Montreal in town. He will skate between DeBrincat and Giroux in this one.

Brassard, 35, is trying to land a contract in a fourth-line role, but Smith wants to see what he can contribute by playing a few more minutes. He was with the Senators from 2016 to 2018 and would like to end his career here.

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“As an aging player, he just has to continue to show that he can play at the same pace he always has,” Smith said. “I think he has improved with every scrum and every game. (Saturday) will certainly be the biggest test.

“He’s going to play more minutes, he’s going to play with elite players but he certainly has the skills to do that.”

Smith will use Brassard with the power play. Why? The guy has played 951 games in his NHL career, he’s played in that role before, and if the Senators have injury issues, he’s a good safety net to have.

“He has this ability to help in any scenario,” Smith said. “With teams split with one group going to (Belleville) and another (to Ottawa), this is an opportunity for him to have a chance to do that.

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“He’s good at it, he’s done it before and it gives him another tick in his box if he proves he can do it.”

THE LAST WORDS

Goalkeeper Cam Talbot was supposed to play 60 minutes against the Habs, but that won’t happen. He is day to day with an undisclosed injury and Mads Sogaard will play. “(Talbot) should be back after this. It’s nothing serious, but you wouldn’t play him in that kind of scenario,” Smith said. “He just received a puck under his kit (Thursday) and if it was the regular season, he could play without any problem. This is useless. …Toronto forward Wayne Simmonds play in Belleville. “I only played one game there. The only thing I remember is Olympic size ice and it wasn’t the best thing for me,” Simmonds said with a laugh.

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