Senators Gameday

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

TONIGHT:

ARENA: Scotiabank Place

GAME TIME: 7 p.m.

TV: Sportsnet

RADIO: Team 1200 AM, CJRC 1150 AM,

Star 96 FM (Pembroke), Jewel 1220 AM (Cornwall) and Kix 102.7 (Kingston)

KEEP AN EYE ON...

44. BROOKS ORPIK D

AGE: 25 HT: 6-foot-2 WT: 228 lbs.

2005-06 STATS: 50 GP 2 G 4 A 6 PTS 112 PIMs

THE SKINNY: First-round pick (18th overall) by the Penguins in 2000 ... Leads Penguins in penalty minutes ... Native of San Francisco ... Helped lead the Boston College Eagles to the NCAA championship in 2000-01. Led league in penalty minutes ... Touted by former coach Ed Olczyk as the Pens' "future captain." ... Delivered a controversial hit -- for which he was suspended three games -- that put Hurricanes star Erik Cole on the shelf with a broken vertebra.

NOTEWORTHY:

Penguins rookie star Sidney Crosby has two PIMs but not a point in two games against Ottawa ... The Senators are 3-0 vs. the Penguins this season, winning 7-2, 5-2 and 4-3 ... Their all-time mark against Pittsburgh is 17-29-9-2 ... Fewer than 900 tickets are available as the Senators look to have their 23rd consecutive sellout ... Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has 32 points in 38 career games vs. the Penguins ... C Bryan Smolinski has 31 points in 38 career games against Pittsburgh ... Penguins W John LeClair has 39 points in 50 games against Ottawa ... Former Senator (and Winnipeg Jet, Pittsburgh Penguin, Calgary Flame and San Jose Shark) Jim Kyte turns 42 today ... Former Senator Jeff Lazaro turns 38 today ... Tonight also marks the 3,001st regular-season game in Penguins history. They are 151 games below .500. Don't say you weren't notified.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

PENGUINS: D Ryan Whitney (neck), day-to-day; G Jocelyn Thibault (hip) out indefinitely; LW Matt Murley (shoulder), out indefinitely; RW Ryan VandenBussche (neck), out for the season; D Lyle Odelein (knee), out for the season.

SENATORS: C Mike Fisher (ankle), out indefinitely; RW Martin Havlat (shoulder), out until April 1; G Dominik Hasek (adductor muscle), out indefinitely.


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