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Brouwer to play vs. the Senators

The veteran forward left practice early on Thursday but will play against Ottawa this evening

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

CALGARY, AB -- Troy Brouwer is good to go.

There were questions about the winger's availiabity ahead of tonight's contest against the Ottawa Senators after he left practice early on Thursday and did not participate in today's optional pre-game skate.

But head coach Glen Gulutzan cleared up any queries about Brouwer's status after the team got off the ice this morning.

"He's in the lineup ... a little maintenance yesterday," Gulutzan explained. "Got through most of practice, 15 minutes ... and then came off at the end, just precautionary.

"But he's completely ready."

Brouwer, who signed a four-year deal with the Flames as a free agent this past summer, leads the team in scoring with three goals and six points in eight skates. 

"He's everything (we expected) and more," Gulutzan said earlier this week. "He's assistant captain for us, he gives us a big heavy presence on the wing, he gives us some weight that we needed. He's a great human being, a great guy.

"He's been a perfect fit in our locker room. We couldn't be happier."

Tonight, he is expected to skate alongside Matthew Tkachuk and Sam Bennett. The trio is coming off a strong performance in St. Louis on Tuesday in which they combined for four points in the 4-1 victory.

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