Senators Gameday

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

Expect to see Avs G Jose Theodore start against the Senators. Backup G Peter Budaj was in net last night against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada. Theodore will likely start against his former team Saturday in Montreal ...

Former Senators C Tyler Arnason, signed to a one-year, $900,000 US contract as an unrestricted free agent, has been one of the Avs best players. He had three points in a 5-3 loss to Chicago ... There are 3,000 seats remaining for tonight's game ... Former Senators assistant captain Curtis Leschyshyn, who retired following training camp with Colorado last year, will return with the Avs tonight. He is working as a colour analyst on the Colorado radio broadcast on the FAN 950 in Denver ... Ottawa is 7-1-2-0 in its last 10 games against the Avs, outscoring Colorado 31-18 ... The Senators have lost their first three at home this season. The last time that happened was Jan. 8-26, 2000. The club went winless in four straight to start the 2001-02 season, going 0-3-1-0.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

AVALANCHE: D Jordan Leopold (hernia surgery), out indefinitely; LW Brad May (shoulder surgery), out indefinitely; RW Cody McCormick (chest), day-to-day; C Pierre Turgeon (shoulder sugary), out indefinitely.

SENATORS: None.

KEEP AN EYE ON ...

19 JOE SAKIC C

AGE: 37 HT: 5-foot-11 WT: 195 lbs.

2006-07 STATS: 5 GP 2 G 2 A 4 PTS 0 PIMs

THE SKINNY: Sakic is in his 18th NHL season -- all with Quebec/Colorado. No other active player has spent as long with an organization ... Is in his 14th season as the club's captain ... Entered this season with 1,489 career points. Only five other players have scored more points with one team: Gordie Howe (1,809, Detroit), Steve Yzerman (1,755, Detroit), Mario Lemieux (1,723, Pittsburgh), Wayne Gretzky (1,669, Edmonton) and Ray Bourque (1,506, Boston) ... Sakic has 17 goals and 25 assists in 31 career games against the Senators.


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