"Paul has worked us real hard," the Senators' No. 1 centre, Jason Spezza, said Thursday following yet another long day at the rink that included a practice, a 30-minute scrimmage and an off-ice workout. "There has been a lot of skating. It has been work, but good work.

"I think if you put the time in at this time of year, it will benefit us going into the season. Once you start playing a lot of games, it's hard to have these kinds of conditioning days. It has been pretty fast and furious for the past five or six days."