Gameday: Senators at Canucks

BRUCE GARRIOCH

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38 PAVOL DEMITRA rW

Age: 34 Ht: 6 feet Wt: 200 lbs.

2008-09 Stats: 26 GP 10 G 8 A 18 P 4 Pims

THE SKINNY: Signed as a UFA on July 10 after spending the last two years with the Wild ... Has five goals and five assists in eight games vs. the Senators in his career ... Was drafted No. 227 overall in the ninth round by the Senators in the 1993. Dealt to the Blues former by Ottawa GM Pierre Gauthier on Nov. 27, 1996 in exchange in for D Christer Olsson ... Finished fourth on the Wild in scoring with 54 points last season ...Is a two-time Olympian for Slovakia .. Is best friends with Minnesota's Marian Gaborik and Detroit's Marian Hossa.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

SENATORS: D Anton Volchenkov (upper body), may play; D Filip Kuba (lower body), out; RW Jesse Winchester (upper body), out.

CANUCKS: D Sami Salo (ribs), out indefinitely; C Ryan Johnson (foot/finger), out indefinitely; C Rick Rypien (hernia), out indefinitely; G Roberto Luongo (groin), out indefinitely; LW Taylor Pyatt (broken foot), out indefinitely.

NOTEWORTHY

Tonight will be the first time in 1,114 days the Senators have played at GM Place. The Senators dropped a 3-2 decision to the Canucks on Dec. 9, 2005 when Daniel Sedin scored the winner in a shootout ... The Senators flew to Vancouver immediately after last night's game against the Flames. G Martin Gerber is expected to make the start for Ottawa. He has a career 1-2-1 record in five games against the Canucks with a 2.16 GAA ... The Senators are 4-2-0-2 in their last eight games against the Canucks ... G Alex Auld (81 games over four seasons) and LW Jarrko Ruutu (667 games over six years) started their careers in Vancouver ... The Senators allowed a club-record 14 power-play opportunities against Jan. 8, 2003 in a 6-4 loss to the Canucks.


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