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Jared Cowen To Make Season Debut For Ottawa Senators Debut Against Hurricanes

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Defenseman Jared Cowen, who has been out since sustaining a hip injury in October while with the Binghamton Senators, will suit up tonight for the Ottawa Senators, replacing Andre Benoit.

February 28, 2012; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen (2) talks with defenseman

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(17) during the third period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. The Ottawa Senators won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Cowen will be paired with Eric Gryba to start the game, forming an imposing duo of 6’5″ Cowen and 6’4″ Gryba.

Cowen played just 3 games in Binghamton before his injury, earning 3 assists. He played all 82 games in a solid rookie season, scoring 5 goals and adding 12 assists last year.

He will be a welcome addition to the blueline heading into the playoffs, and getting a few games in will be a bonus so he can be closer to game shape when the post-season comes.  Just don’t expect him to come in tonight in mid-season form.  It will take a couple of games to get up to speed.