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Shean Donovan's return to the Senators comes a week earlier than expected. (QMI Agency file)

Shean Donovan's return to the Senators comes a week earlier than expected. (QMI Agency file)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 1:57 PM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Shean Donovan says he is ready to roll.

The Senators winger will make a surprise return tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Mellon Arena. Defenceman Chris Campoli will be a healthy scratch.

Donovan, who suffered a knee injury Nov. 19 against the Penguins, wasn't due back until next week. Donovan might have had a bit of extra incentive to return tonight, considering it was Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke who kneed him and caused the injury in the first place.

"I spoke to him and he's ready to go," said Ottawa coach Cory Clouston.

As a result of his return, Peter Regin is getting a big opportunity. He will skate in the middle of Milan Michalek and Daniel Alfredsson on the Senators' top line. Jonathan Cheechoo has been moved to play with Mike Fisher and Alex Kovalev. Winger Chris Neil, who has missed 15 games with a knee injury, will skate with Jarkko Ruutu and Chris Kelly. Jesse Winchester is on the fourth line with Donovan and Ryan Shannon.

Pascal Leclaire is ready to return from his fractured cheekbone and will get the start in net tonight.

The Penguins are also going to give the Senators a new look.

Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma has shifted his centres which means Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will play with new linemates. Crosby will centre Pascal Dupuis and Ruslan Fedotenko while Malkin will be with Chris Kunitz and Bill Guerin.

The Penguins will come back with goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. He was pulled in the club's loss to the New Jersey Devils earlier this week.

"I'm confident in Marc-Andre. He has the ability to bounce back," said Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma.


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