Gameday: Senators at Sabres

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

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27 TEPPO NUMMINEN D

AGE: 40 HT: 6-foot-2 WT: 198 lbs.

2008-09 STATS: 48 GP 2 G 13 A 15 P 20 PIMs

THE SKINNY: Missed the first 79 games last season following heart surgery. Returned in time for the club's final game against the Bruins ... Has two multi-point games this season ... Signed as UFA on Aug. 4, 2005, from Dallas. Traded to Dallas by Phoenix for Mike Sillinger, July 22, 2003. Originally selected by Winnipeg in the second round (No. 29 overall) of the 1986 draft ... Had four assists in 16 games in the 2007 playoffs. He led the Sabres with a plus-10 rating ... His goal against the Senators on Oct. 27 in Buffalo was his first since March 2, 2007 against the Habs.

NOTE WORTHY

BUFFALO -- The Senators are 2-1-0 against the Sabres this season ... Ottawa LW Nick Foligno's goal in a 3-2 shootout win vs. the Sabres on Saturday gave him two goals in two straight games. That's eight this season which is a career high ... C Jason Spezza scored two goals (his 16th and 17th of the season) only 32 seconds apart during the second period of Ottawa's 4-2 loss to Buffalo on Jan. 6 ... The loss of LW Thomas Vanek, who was struck by a puck Saturday in Ottawa, is another blow to the Sabres. The club has already lost 163 man-games to injuries this season ... With Vanek out, Derek Roy was on the left side of Tim Connolly and Drew Stafford during practice Monday.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

SENATORS: C Cody Bass (shoulder surgery), out indefinitely; RW Chris Neil (calf), out indefinitely; D Alexandre Picard (wrist), day-to-day.

SABRES: F Maxim Afinogenov (groin), out indefinitely; D Andrej Sekera (ankle), day-to-day; D Henrik Tallinder (shoulder), won't play; C Paul Gaustad (upper body), day-to-day; LW Thomas Vanek (face), 4-6 weeks.


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