Gameday: Senators at Thrashers

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

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6 RON HAINSEY D

Age: 27 Ht: 6-foot-3 Wt: 200 lbs.

2008-09 Stats: 43 GP 5 G 17 A 22 P 14 Pims

THE SKINNY: Has emerged as the Thrashers' top offensive defenceman ... Leads the club in ice time with an average of 23 minutes and nine seconds a game ... Four of his five goals have been on the power play... Is a team-worst -18 ... Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens (1st round, 13th overall) in the 2000 entry draft ... Attended UMass-Lowell for two years before joining the Quebec Citadelles of the AHL for the tail end of the 2000-01 season ... Spent most of his time in the Habs organization in the minors, playing only 32 NHL games in six seasons ... Claimed on waivers from the Habs by Columbus in November 2005 and signed as a free agent with the Thrashers last July 2 ... scored two goals against the Habs in Montreal in December.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

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

THRASHERS: D Garnet Exelby (hairline fracture in leg), indefinitely; C Bryan Little (ribs), probable.

NOTEWORTHY

The Thrashers are sitting a point behind the Senators in 14th place in the Eastern Conference ... The Thrashers had given up the most goals in the NHL going into last night, 157. To put that in perspective, the Boston Bruins had given up the fewest, 95 .. .The Thrashers are 4-7-1 this season against the Northeast Division; the Senators are 5-4-2 against the Southeast after last night's win against Carolina...One thing that has been working for the Thrashers is their power play, which is 10th overall (second on the road at 25.3%; 19th at home at 16.8%) ... The Senators' power play is 21st in the NHL on the road at 16% ... The Senators, at 4-14-1-2, own the league's second-worst road record, ahead of only the Los Angeles Kings (5-9-0-0, 10 points on the road to the Senators' 11).


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