Gameday: Senators at Avalanche

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

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94 Ryan Smyth LW

Age: 32 Ht: 6-foot-1 Wt: 190 lbs.

2008-09 Stats: 57 GP 18 G 27 A 45 P 52 Pims

THE SKINNY: Signed as a free agent on July 1, 2007 ... Had a season-high nine shots on Jan. 27 vs. San Jose ... Scored his 300th career goal on Jan. 28 vs. Calgary ... Has two five-game point streaks this season ... Had four goals and eight assists for 12 points in 13 games last month ... Tied a franchise record with 11 shots on Oct. 16, 2008 vs. Calgary, but scored just one goal in that game ... Nicknamed "Captain Canada," he represented Canada at seven straight world championships (1999-2005), winning gold in ' 03 and ' 04. Also won 2002 Olympic gold ... Was the Oilers' first-round pick (No. 6 overall) in the 1994 draft.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

SENATORS: C Cody Bass (shoulder surgery), out for season; RW Chris Neil (calf), out indefinitely.

AVALANCHE: D Kyle Cumiskey (shoulder) on IR; LW David Jones (shoulder) IR; C Joe Sakic (back, fingers) out until mid-March; C Paul Stastny (forearm) could play.

NOTEWORTHY

The Avs are coming off a 6-5 shootout victory over the Red Wings Sunday. That halted Colorado's four-game losing streak and five-game skid on the road ... The Avs have played a league-leading 32 one-goal games this season, and has a 19-12-1 record in those games. Colorado is tied with the Rangers for the most one-goal wins ... After tonight, the Avs won't play at home until March 4. They open a six-game road trip in Washington Friday ... Avs F Darcy Tucker was a scratch Sunday after returning home to visit his ill father. Tucker is expected to play tonight. T.J. Hensick took Tucker's spot in the lineup against the Wings ... The Senators flew to Denver immediately after last night's game in Nashville. Ottawa is just 3-12-1 all-time in Colorado.


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