Gameday: Senators at Canadiens

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

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14 tomas plekanec C

Age: 26 Ht: 5-foot-10 Wt: 189 lbs.

2008-09 Stats: 57 GP 14 G 15 A 29 P 44 Pims

THE SKINNY: Has three goals and two assists in two games since returning from a two-game suspension for taking out Oilers defenceman Denis Grebeshkov and sending him feet-first into the boards. He had a single against the Capitals Wednesday and a deuce against Pittsburgh Thursday night ... Selected by the Canadiens in the third round, 71st overall, in the 2001 draft ... Had his best season last season, when he had 29 goals and 40 assists in 81 games ... Has already surpassed his career high for penalty minutes with 44 this season.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

SENATORS: C Cody Bass (shoulder surgery), out for season; RW Chris Neil (calf), out indefinitely, RW Daniel Alfredsson (cracked jaw), expected to miss at least a week.

CANADIENS: LW Alex Tanguay (separated shoulder), out indefinitely ... C Robert Lang (Achilles surgery), out indefinitely ... LW Guillaume Latendresse (shoulder), expected to miss another four weeks.

NOTEWORTHY

The Senators are 41-41-5-4 all-time vs. the Habs, and 17-23-4-2 in Montreal ... Two of the three games between the teams this season have gone to a shootout. The Senators lost both ... The Habs are 4-for-8 on the power play since acquiring D Mathieu Schneider ... Habs D Andrei Markov leads all NHL defencemen with 39 assists ... The Habs' line combinations: Christopher Higgins-Saku Koivu-Matt D'Agostini; Andrei Kostitsyn-Tomas Plekanec-Alex Kovalev; Max Pacioretty-Kyle Chipchura-Georges Laraque; Steve Begin-Max Lapierre-Tom Kostopoulos/Gregory Stewart ... The West Carleton Warrior Peewee B team was randomly selected to take part in a photo shoot with the Senators after yesterday's practice as part of today's Hockey Day in Canada.


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