Marc Methot bit his tongue and chose his words carefully.

The Senators' defenceman wasn't happy with sitting out Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Washington Capitals and had a hard time hiding his anger Wednesday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Coach Paul MacLean told reporters Tuesday Methot was out because of a minor injury he suffered in practice Monday. Methot didn't think the injury was serious enough to keep him from playing.

"Yeah, I thought, there was an injury in practice. It turned out to be nothing really," said Methot. "I felt really good (Tuesday) and I felt really good (Wednesday)."

Asked if he was good to go vs. the Bolts Thursday, Methot responded: "Yup."

Methot said not playing against the Caps was a surprise.

"A little bit. I was a little caught off. I felt really good in the morning. It's their decision and I have to deal with it," said Methot.

Methot left the ice early at the Verizon Center Tuesday morning, but was summoned back to skate with scratches Joe Corvo and Matt Kassian. Methot didn't like the fact that if he was injured he skated with the extra players.

"Yeah, I got bag skated after practice so you know ...," said Methot.

MacLean said he and the staff are just doing what's right for the player. Asked if Methot could have played if it was a playoff game, MacLean didn't hesitate.