Sens Gameday: Philadelphia at Ottawa

CHRIS STEVENSON

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15 Stefan Ruzicka RW

AGE: 22 HT: 6 feet WT: 205 lbs.

2006-07 stats: 29 GP 2 G 8 A 10 Pts 18 PIMS

THE SKINNY: He's coming off a three-point performance with a goal and two assists in the Flyers' 3-2 win over the Thrashers on Thursday night, his best NHL game ... He was the Flyers' third-round draft pick (81st overall) in the 2003 draft ... His goal was his first in 25 games as he has split time between the Flyers and the Phantoms, their AHL team ... Played for the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL ... Had 70 points in 62 games his last year of junior ... Had 16 goals and 32 assists with the Phantoms in 73 games last year ... The pick the Flyers used to acquire him came from the Rangers in exchange for Eric Lindros.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

SENATORS: No injuries to report.

FLYERS: LW Simon Gagne (hip flexor), day-to-day; D Mike Rathje (back), out indefinitely; RW Scottie Upshall (separated shoulder), out two weeks.

LINEUPS

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

PLAYERS GP G A P +/- PIMs

12 Gagne 68 37 19 56 -5 30

22 Knuble 53 22 21 43 -3 50

44 Pitkanen 67 4 35 39 -25 80

17 Carter 51 10 20 30 -17 38

8 Sanderson 48 11 17 28 -12 38

20 Umberger 70 16 12 28 -22 39

18 Richards 55 7 20 27 -15 48

24 Kapanen 67 11 13 24 -17 20

27 Afanasenkov 63 10 10 20 -17 14

45 Picard 55 3 17 20 -17 15

61 York 62 9 11 20 -16 18

6 Jones 58 3 14 17 -9 32

29 Fedoruk 55 3 11 14 -6 113

28Kukkonen 63 5 9 14 4 34

15 Ruzicka 29 2 8 10 -2 16

14 Hamel 50 5 3 8 4 10

5 Coburn 38 1 6 7 2 42

55 Eager 52 3 4 7 -11 163

2 Hatcher 71 1 4 5 -22 65

23 Gauthier 38 0 3 3 -7 43

GOALIES MP W-L-OT GAA SV% SO

43 Biron 1,496 16-6-2 2.93 .906 0

30 Niittymaki 2,794 9-27-9 3.37 .895 5

42 Esche 860 5-9-1 4.33 .872 1

OTTAWA SENATORS

PLAYERS GP G A P +/- PIMs

15 Heatley 71 42 49 91 27 62

11 Alfredsson 66 25 50 75 32 30

19 Spezza 56 29 45 74 14 36

12 Fisher 57 18 22 40 8 31

27 Schaefer 66 11 28 39 0 28

89 Comrie 54 15 21 36 -6 40

61 Saprykin 65 15 21 36 8 54

20 Vermette 66 17 18 35 -4 42

42 Preissing 70 6 28 34 34 16

6 Redden 54 6 28 34 1 46

22 Kelly 71 14 19 33 24 34

14 Meszaros 71 7 25 32 -12 90

7 Corvo 65 7 21 28 2 38

44 Eaves 66 11 16 27 -2 36

37 McAmmond 70 11 14 25 6 22

25 Neil 71 11 13 24 4 152

4 Phillips 71 8 14 22 22 76

24 Volchenkov 68 1 17 18 25 47

5 Schubert 70 6 11 17 18 54

3 Nycholat 18 2 6 8 -3 12

16 McGrattan 44 0 2 2 0 100

GOALIES MP W-L-OT GAA SV% SO

1 Emery 2,863 29-14-4 2.49 .920 5

29 Gerber 1,419 12-9-3 2.88 .903 1

NOTEWORTHY

Stefan Ruzicka has been playing on a line with Geoff Sanderson and R.J. Umberger. "He's probably one of the most skilled guys on our team," Sanderson said of Ruzicka. "We want the puck in his hands. He's started to realize he can make teams pay when he asserts himself like he's done the last couple of weeks." ... Philly F Mike Knuble returned to the lineup Thursday after missing 12 games with a fractured right cheekbone and orbital bone sustained in that collision with the Rangers' Brendan Shanahan last month. Understandably, he's wearing a cage. "I've tried to get used to it, like taking it home and wearing it around," he told Philadelphia reporters ... Ottawa native Ben Eager is back in the lineup, too, after missing 11 games with a sprained right ankle.


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