Gonchar returns to face Jets

Sergei Gonchar will return to the Sens lineup after missing one game blocking a shot. (Darren...

Sergei Gonchar will return to the Sens lineup after missing one game blocking a shot. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:37 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Sergei Gonchar is expected to make his return to the Senators lineup when they face the Winnipeg Jets at Scotiabank Place Thursday.

The Ottawa power play missed him while he was gone.

Gonchar missed one game — a 7-2 loss to Philadelphia Tuesday — after blocking a shot in Washington on the weekend.

“It was the best power play in the league when he was on it,” said coach Paul MacLean, whose team was 0-for-5 with the man advantage Tuesday. “Sergei is an important part of our power play and the success of it.”

Craig Anderson will start in goal for the Senators as they entertain the Jets for the first time in 15 years.

The game starts at 7:30 and will be broadcast on TVA and Sportsnet Sens. Plenty of tickets are also still available.


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