Game day

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

SENATORS AT FLYERS

TONIGHT

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).

Profile

12 SIMON GAGNE LW

AGE: 25 HT: 6-feet WT: 190 lbs.

2005-06 STATS: 9 GP 9 G 6 A 15 PTS 4 PIMs

THE SKINNY: He's off to a sizzling start, scoring at a goal-a-game pace ... By far the Flyers most dangerous goal-scoring threat (next on the team is Mike Knuble with four goals ... Leads Flyers forwards in ice time, averaging 21 minutes and 41 seconds a game ... Is tied the for the team lead in plus-minus with a plus-7, same as Peter Forsberg ... Seven of his nine goals have been scored at even strength ... Leads the Flyers in shots with 44 ... He's an outstanding skater with good vision ... The native of Ste-Foy, Que., was the Flyers' first pick (22nd overall) in 1998 ... Has four points in his last two games ... He was a member of Canada's gold-medal winning team at the Salt Lake Olympics in 2002.

Black and Blue Report

- FLYERS: LW Sami Kapanen (shoulder) indefinitely; F Turner Stevenson (hip) indefinitely.

- SENATORS: None to report.

NOTEBOOK

First meeting of the season between these two teams ... The Flyers are coming off an 8-6 loss to the Hurricanes in Carolina on Friday night ... Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki was left between the pipes for seven of the goals. The other tally was an empty netter ... The Flyers were outscored 5-1 in the third period of that game ... The Senators were 2-1-1-0 against the Flyers in the 2003-04 season ... The Senators set a team record for penalties (32) and penalty minutes in a game (206) against the Flyers March 5, 2004 ... Senators coach Bryan Murray said he wouldn't make a decision on his starting goaltender for tonight until today. Dominik Hasek started last night against the Leafs in Toronto ... Murray will be coaching against his brother, Terry, who is an assistant coach with the Flyers ... The Senators are 16-23-8-0 all-time in the regular season against the Flyers ... The Flyers are 1-of-10 teams to have been awarded a penalty shot this season. Peter Forsberg was stopped by Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo Thursday night ... The Flyers ranked 24th in goals against average going into last night's games, an unusual spot for a Ken Hitchcock-coached team.

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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