Senators Gameday

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

TONIGHT:

ARENA: Mellon Arena, 7:30 p.m.

TV: A-Channel % Radio: Team 1200, Bob FM 93.9, CJRC 1150, Star 96 FM (Pembroke), The Jewel 1220 (Cornwall)

KEEP AN EYE ON...

87 SIDNEY CROSBY C

AGE: 18 HT: 5-foot-11 WT: 193 lbs.

2005-06 STATS: 52 GP 25 G 35 A 60 PTS 76 PIMs

THE SKINNY: Was questionable for last night's game against the Rangers, but managed to play despite flu-like symptoms ... First overall pick in 2005 draft ... Leads the Pens in nearly every statistical category and has a respectable minus-8 for playing on team with only 12 wins ... Second in NHL rookie scoring, behind Washington's Alexander Ovechkin ... Recently heard of a bylaw being proposed in his home town of Halifax that could be interpreted as the banning of street hockey, and e-mailed his protest to Mayor Pete Kelly and members of regional council. "We played every day," Crosby told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It's a sport we all love. We don't want to lose that."

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- First meeting of the two teams this season ... Before last night's action, the total plus-minus of all players on the Pittsburgh roster was minus-209 ... The Senators were a combined plus-311 ... Penguins D Ric Jackman, a healthy scratch in 12-of-52 games, has asked for a trade ... Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien also has tough guys Andre Roy and Ryan Vandenbussche checking the dressing room board daily to see if they'll be playing ... Trying to call up W Rico Fata from the minors for last night's game against the Rangers, Pittsburgh lost the speedy winger when he was claimed by Atlanta ... The Penguins have the worst penalty-killing numbers in the NHL, successfully surviving just 78.6% of calls against them. Ottawa is fifth best at 85.1%.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

SENATORS: RW Martin Havlat (shoulder surgery), expected back in March or April; D Brian Pothier (food poisoning), day-to-day.

PENGUINS: D Lyle Odelein (knee), out indefinitely; LW Matt Murley (shoulder), out indefinitely; G Jocelyn Thibault (hip), out indefinitely.


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