Morning skate update: A Foligno family reunion at Scotiabank Place

Nick Foligno will have plenty of family and friends in the stands at Scotiabank Place when the Ottawa Senators take on the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night, but they won’t be there to see him.

Morning skate update: A Foligno family reunion at Scotiabank Place
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Nick Foligno will have plenty of family and friends in the stands at Scotiabank Place when the Ottawa Senators take on the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night, but they won’t be there to see him.

Little brother Marcus, a late call-up for the Sabres, will be the star of the show as he makes his NHL debut here.

“I was actually surprised at how quickly 30 people can drop everything and come to a game — I don’t think they were there for my first one,” Nick joked after the Senators’ morning skate. “It’s pretty special. It’s great. It’s a great opportunity for Marcus and I think he’s just so exited to be up here and show what he can do and try to help their team.”

The Sabres have been decimated by injuries up front, which opened the door for the 20-year-old.

“He’s got a great opportunity and he has to make the most of it, and he knows that,” Nick said. “You’re always going to be nervous your first game, so I just told him not to really pay too much attention to your first one.”

It’s a debut night for the Senators, too, as newly-acquired Kyle Turris suits up for the first time since coming over in a trade from the Phoenix on Saturday.

Turris said he wanted to get off to a good start, adding this wasn’t just another game.

He said the pressure would be on, playing his first game at home in a Canadian rink.

Coach Paul MacLean didn’t change his lines overnight, meaning Turris will line up with Foligno and Erik Condra.

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More news and notes from the morning skate:

— Veteran defencemen Filip Kuba and Sergei Gonchar will return to the lineup after missing games due to injury. That means Brian Lee and Bobby Butler will sit as healthy scratches.

Milan Michalek skated today and could return by the end of the week.

— As mentioned yesterday, Craig Anderson will start in goal for the Senators.

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