Senators Gameday

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:58 AM ET

TONIGHT: OTTAWA AT PHILADELPHIA

ARENA: Wachovia Center, 7 p.m.

TV: A-Channel

Radio: Team 1200, CJRC 1150, Star 96 FM (Pembroke), The Jewel 1220 (Cornwall), Kix 102.7 FM (Kingston)

KEEP AN EYE ON ...

12 SIMON GAGNE LW

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

2005-06 STATS: 27 GP 23 G 14 A 37 Pts 10 Pims

THE SKINNY: Was selected to Canada's Olympic team yesterday ... Has missed the last five games with a small tear in his groin, but is expected to return to the lineup tonight. "My target has been Ottawa and everything is going well right now," he told Philadelphia reporters earlier this week ... Has 136 goals and 282 points in 381 career games ... Is good friends and trains with Senators' Antoine Vermette in the off-season ... Played with Beauport and Quebec in the QMJHL.

NOTEWORTHY:

PHILADELPHIA -- Did you wonder how a veteran defenceman like Sheldon Souray could make the mistake of dropping a blind pass behind his net -- only to see Jason Spezza accept and deposit into the Montreal net -- during Ottawa's 4-3 shootout loss to the Habs on Tuesday? The answer: Spezza called "reverse," tricking Souray into thinking it was a teammate beckoning for the puck and an opposite way breakout ... Flyers rookie F Mike Richards, who has missed the past two games with whiplash is expected to return to the lineup tonight ... Both the Flyers and Senators are coming off shootout losses ... Known for being the town that once booed Santa Claus, it appears Philly is trying to change its image. St. Nick is scheduled to be dropping in from the Wachovia Center roof during the second intermission tonight with a bag full of candies and other treats.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

SENATORS: RW Martin Havlat (shoulder), out indefinitely; RW Brandon Bochenski (separated shoulder), out 4-6 weeks; C Jason Spezza (pectoral muscle), is doubtful and day-to-day.

FLYERS: G Robert Esche (groin), out until early January; C Keith Primeau (concussion), out indefinitely ... D Eric Desjardins (shoulder), out until early February ... D Joni Pitkanen (abdomen), out 4-6 weeks.


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