Gameday: Senators at Blue Jackets

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

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61 RICK NASH LW

Age: 24 Ht: 6-foot-4 Wt: 218 lbs.

2008-09 Stats: 44 GP 22 G 24 A 46 P 36 Pims

THE SKINNY: First pick overall in 2002 ... Has 176 goals and 322 points in 407 career games with the Jackets ... Has led the team in goals four straight seasons ... Had his third career hat trick in Tuesday's 3-2 OT win over Detroit ... Has five goals and seven points in his last five games ... In four career games vs. the Senators, he has three goals, four PIMs, 10 shots and is a minus-1 ... Earning $5.4 million US per season, he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2010.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

SENATORS: RW Shean Donovan (leg), out indefinitely.

BLUE JACKETS: C Derick Brassard (shoulder), out for the season ... C Jiri Novotny (concussion), out indefinitely ... D Rostislav Klesla (bruised foot), day-to-day ... G Pascal Leclaire (ankle), out for the season ... LW Nikita Filatov (leg), out indefinitely.

NOTEWORTHY

The Senators get their first look at Steve Mason, the 20-year-old Oakville native who has the NHL's best goals-against average (2.04) and a league-leading six shutouts ... The Blue Jackets play 10 of their next 13 games at home, where they are 14-7-1 this season ... Columbus LW Fredrik Modin (shoulder) has missed practice all week but will play. Raffi Torres will sit ... Former Senators D Mike Commodore had two assists in the Jackets' 3-2 OT win over the Red Wings Tuesday. It was the fourth multi-point game of the season for Commodore ... The Senators have a 4-5-1 record (including last night's win) on the front end of back-to-back games and a 4-4-1 record on the back end.


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