Gameday: Hurricanes at Senators

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

THE SKINNY: First-round pick (28th overall) of the Flyers in 2000 ... Returned to the lineup Dec. 4 after missing the start of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon ... Played only 37 games last season, mostly because of a knee injury ... Acquired from Philadelphia for D Danny Markov Jan. 20, 2004 ...

Best season was 2005-06, when he had 31 goals, 45 assists for 76 points in 82 games with the 'Canes ... Has four points in his last four games ... In 24 career games vs. the Senators, has three goals, six assists, 10 PIMs and a minus-9 rating ... Had a goal and his third-ever fight in his last, the 477th game of his career ... His great uncle, Jerry Toppazzini, played for the Boston Bruins in the 1950s ... Native of Cobourg.

Senators D Anton Volchenkov had an MRI on his injured shoulder and it has been determined he will not need surgery to correct the problem. Still, when asked yesterday if Volchenkov is going to be out of action weeks instead days, coach Craig Hartsburg replied: "I would say so at this point." ... Only Senators among Top 5 statistical leaders in the NHL are C Antoine Vermette, who is third on faceoffs with a 61.8% winning percentage, and W Chris Neil, who is tied for fifth in penalty minutes with 106 ... Tonight marks C Mike Fisher's 500th game (sixth all-time with Senators) in the NHL ... The Hurricanes are on their first losing streak since Paul Maurice took over as coach Dec. 4. They have dropped two games in a row ... Through 18 home games, the Senators' average attendance is 19,187 per game. -- Don Brennan

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

HURRICANES: D Tim Gleason (lower body), day-to-day.

SENATORS: C Cody Bass (shoulder), out for season; D Anton Volchenkov (shoulder), day-to-day.


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