Brother act for Sabres-Senators

Ottawa Senator Nick Foligno eludes the check of  Philadelphia Flyers Braydon Coburn during third...

Ottawa Senator Nick Foligno eludes the check of Philadelphia Flyers Braydon Coburn during third period action at Scotiabank Place. October 18,2011. (ERROL MCGIHON/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:51 PM ET

It will be a Foligno family reunion Tuesday night.

Senators winger Nick Foligno couldn’t wipe the smile off his face after the morning skate because his younger brother Marcus has been recalled by the Buffalo Sabres and will make his NHL debut at Scotiabank Place.

“He’s really excited. He’s got a great opportunity and he has to make the most of it, and he knows that,” Nick said. “I think it’s going to be great. It’ll be great when I first see him on the ice. It’s pretty fun. I’m sure we’ll both laugh.

“I know he’s so excited. I spoke with him (Tuesday) night. He’s thrilled for the opportunity and hopefully he can make the most of it. He just wants to come up and play really well. I have full confidence."

Not only will the Foligno boys both be on the ice, father Mike Foligno - a former NHLer who was fired as an assistant with Anaheim earlier this month - will be in the stands. According to Nick, Mike isn’t going to be alone.

“We have a whole slew of family coming: 30 people,” said Nick. “I’m sure (Marcus) will be taking care of more than half of the tickets. I’ll make sure of that.

“It’s pretty neat. We’ve been really fortunate. I got to play against my Dad last year and now my brother. His first game against me is really exciting for the whole family.”

The Senators will make three changes with defencemen Sergei Gonchar and Filip Kuba ready to return from injuries and centre Kyle Turris making his debut after being dealt here from Phoenix. Brian Lee will be a healthy scratch along with winger Bobby Butler.

Winger Milan Michalek (concussion) made another step in his recovery. He skated solo early in the morning and could join the team for practice. The possibility exists he could play Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca

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