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Cowen to make season debut for Senators

by Erin Nicks /

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen will make his season debut Tuesday when the team plays the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Place.

Cowen underwent surgery in November to repair a torn labrum in his left hip after being injured in an American Hockey League game, and the thinking at the time was he would be lost for the remainder of the season.

It's a huge boost for an Ottawa team that is without Erik Karlsson (Achilles) on its blue line.

"It's a big day," Cowen said. "I've had this day in mind for a while. I picked it a long time ago because it's not a back-to-back and it's at home. I wanted to start at home. I worked really hard to get here. Sometimes rehab doesn't go the way you want it to. A lot of it has been luck. When I'm on the ice doing drills or skating, I don't think about my hip at all, and my doctor said that's the key. All systems are go."

Cowen played in all 82 games for the Senators as a rookie last season, posting five goals and 17 points. The 22-year-old was a first-round pick (No. 9) in the 2009 NHL Draft.

Here are the projected lineups for the Hurricanes and Senators:


Jiri TlustyEric StaalAlexander Semin

Jeff SkinnerJordan StaalChad LaRose

Patrick DwyerRiley NashTuomo Ruutu

Nicolas BlanchardKevin Westgarth

Tim GleasonJustin Faulk

Jay HarrisonJoe Corvo

Jamie McBainBobby Sanguinetti

Marc-Andre Bergeron

Justin Peters

Dan Ellis

Injured: Drayson Bowman, Joni Pitkanen, Tim Brent, Cam Ward, Tim Wallace


Milan MichalekKyle TurrisDaniel Alfredsson

Cory ConacherMika ZibanejadJakob Silfverberg

Guillaume LatendresseZack SmithChris Neil

Colin GreeningJean-Gabriel PageauErik Condra

Chris PhillipsMarc Methot

Jared CowenEric Gryba

Patrick WierciochSergei Gonchar

Craig Anderson

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Andre Benoit, Mike Lundin, Peter Regin, Jim O'Brien

Injured: Mike Hoffman, Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson

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