Game Day

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

SENATORS AT MAPLE LEAFS

Tonight at Canada Centre 8 p.m.

PROFILE:

13 - MATS SUNDIN C

AGE: 34 HT: 6-foot-5 WT: 225 lbs.

2003-04 STATS: 81 GP 31 G 44 A 75 P 52 PIMs

THE SKINNY: Is the club's captain and will make $6.84 million US this season after the 24% salary rollback that was part of the new CBA ... Was No. 1 overall pick by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1989 entry draft. Moved to the Leafs with Garth Butcher, Todd Warriner and a No. 1 pick in exchange for Wendel Clark, Sylvain Lefebvre, Landon Wilson and a first-round draft pick ... Had 31 goals and 44 assists during the 2003-04 season. He finished fifth overall in league scoring and an NHL-leading 10 game winning goals.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

- SENATORS: RW Vaclav Varada (right MCL strain), indefinite.

- MAPLE LEAFS: D Ken Klee (bruised heel), day-to-day; D Aki Berg (rib), day-to-day; D Wade Belak, (foot infection) day-to-day.

NOTEBOOK

Senators coach Bryan Murray will start the season with the following lines: Peter Schaefer-Bryan Smolinski-Martin Havlat; Dany Heatley-Jason Spezza-Brandon Bochenski; Chris Neil-Mike Fisher-Daniel Alfredsson, and Antoine Vermette-Chris Kelly-Brian McGrattan. The defence: Wade Redden-Anton Volchenkov; Chris Phillips-Zdeno Chara, and Andrej Meszaros-Brian Pothier ... Here's the Leafs' lines: Nik Antropov-Mats Sundin-Alexei Ponikarovsky; Chad Kilger-Eric Lindros-Tie Domi; Darcy Tucker-Jason Allison-Mariusz Czerkawski, and Alexander Steen-Matt Stajan-Jeff O'Neill. Defence: Tomas Kaberle-Bryan McCabe; Aki Berg-Alexander Khavanov, and Andy Wozniewski-Wade Belak. D Carlo Colaiacovo and D Staffan Kronwall both practised with the club and could be recalled ... Naturally, G Dominik Hasek (Ottawa) and G Ed Belfour (Toronto) will make the starts ... Spezza will wear a microphone for TSN during the game ... The Senators are 5-2-5 in season openers ... This will be Allison's first game since January 2003 ... The Sens locked up a new deal with CJRC yesterday, signing on for another two seasons with the French-language radio station. The contract calls for a minimum broadcast schedule of 63 games -- 41 home and 22 away ... A new version of the team's ottawasenators.com website was launched last night.


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