Senators Gameday: NY Islanders at Ottawa

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:57 PM ET

TONIGHT:

-ARENA: Corel Centre, 7 p.m.

-TV: None. % Radio: Team 1200 AM, CJRC 1150 AM, Star 96 FM (Pembroke), Jewel 1220 AM (Cornwall) and Kix 102.7 (Kingston).

KEEP AN EYE ON

55 JASON BLAKE C

AGE: 32 HT: 5-foot-10 WT: 185 lbs.

2005-06 STATS: 13 GP 5 G 4 A 9 PTS 17 PIMs

THE SKINNY: Was acquired by the Islanders for a conditional draft pick from the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 3, 2001 ... He led the club with four short-handed goals and was tied for fourth in the league in 2003-04 ... Played college hockey for three years at the University of North Dakota and one year at Ferris State University ... He was a member of Team USA at the World Cup last fall and has a shot at playing for the Americans at the Winter Olympics in Turin ... Played in Lugano, Switzerland, during the lockout where he picked up two goals and two assists in seven games ... Started his career with the Kings in 1999.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

-ISLANDERS: None to report.

-SENATORS: Anton Volchenkov (bruised ribs).

NOTEWORTHY

With a goal or an assist tonight, Senators LW Dany Heatley can tie the club record with a 13-game point scoring streak. Marian Hossa, the man who Heatley was traded for in the summer, set the mark from Nov. 6-30, 2002. He had 22 points (12G-10A) during that stretch. Heatley has 22 going into tonight ... Senators D Wade Redden didn't practice yesterday because of soreness in his hip, but he is expected to play tonight. A decision will be made on D Anton Volchenkov (bruise ribs) after today's skate ... Islanders C Mike York was minus-3 in a 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday. He was on the ice for goals by Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and Mark Recchi. "They're one of the most talented lines in the league," said York. He could have an even tougher test tonight against Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson.

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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