Senators Gameday: Philadelphia at Ottawa

BRUCE GARRIOCH

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

KEEP AN EYE ON ...

22 Mike Knuble RW

AGE: 33 HT: 6-foot-3 WT: 230 lbs.

2006-07 stats: 35 GP 17 G 11 A 28 Pts 38 Pims

SKINNY: Was signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 3, 2004 ... Is in his ninth NHL season which has included stops with Detroit, Boston and the Rangers ... Was first on the Flyers with 13 power play goals last season ... Reached the 20-goal mark for the third consecutive season. Hit the 30-goal mark for the second time in his career. Finished with 31 ... Recorded a goal and an assist in six games with Team USA at the Olympics in Turin ... Has met Tiger Woods and former U.S. President Bill Clinton ... Wears No. 22 because that number was given to him on his first day with the University of Michigan Wolverines.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

FLYERS: C Mike Richards (abdominal surgery) won't play; LW Geoff Sanderson (abdominal surgery) won't play; C Peter Forsberg (groin) won't play; D Mike Rathje (back) won't play; D Denis Gauthier (shoulder surgery) won't play.

SENATORS: C Mike Fisher (knee), 4-6 weeks; C Jason Spezza (knee), 4-6 weeks; C Antoine Vermette (hip), day-to-day.

NOTEWORTHY

Injured centres Mike Fisher, Jason Spezza and Antoine Vermette weren't on the ice yesterday and aren't expected to play this weekend ... Only D Christoph Schubert and G Martin Gerber skated before Ottawa's 3-2 loss to the Devils yesterday ... Gerber will make his first start at Scotiabank Place today since Nov. 13 ... G Ray Emery has made 12 consecutive starts at home ... Here's the Flyers lines from their game against the Bruins in Boston yesterday: Simon Gagne-Mike York-Mike Knuble; Kyle Calder-Jeff Carter-Stefan Ruzicka; Todd Fedoruk-R.J. Umberger-Dmitry Afansenkov and Ben Eager-Grant Potulny-Sami Kapanen. The defensive pairings were: Derian Hatcher-Alexandre Picard; Joni Pitkanen-Alexei Zhitnik and David Printz-Randy Jones ... Expect to see G Robert Esche make the start for Philadelphia ... The Flyers lost 4-3 decison to the Bruins ... The club is now 0-11-3 without C Peter Forsberg in the lineup.


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