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Game 75 preview: Ottawa Senators @ Philadelphia Flyers

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A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Philadelphia Flyers on 28 March 2017.

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Fresh off their final two day break of the regular season, the Ottawa Senators will get back to action with tonight's game in Philadelphia against the Flyers. The Senators will play eight times over the final 13 days with travel necessary before each game. Ottawa is coming off a disappointing loss to Montréal on Saturday while the Flyers routed the Penguins on Sunday.

Zack Smith is sick and will be a game time decision. If he cannot play, Jyrki Jokipakka will play as a seventh defenceman in his Senators debut. Craig Anderson will start in net. Here are the expected lines if Smith plays:

Burrows - Brassard - Stone
Smith - Turris - Ryan
Hoffman - Pageau - Pyatt
Dzingel - Kelly - Wingels

Claesson - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Borowiecki - Wideman

Anderson (starter)
Condon

Some notes for tonight:

  • Tonight will be the second game of a five-game road trip. After tonight, Ottawa goes to Minnesota, Winnipeg and Detroit.
  • Mike Hoffman and Erik Karlsson are battling it out for the team shots on goal lead. Karlsson has 204, Hoffman has 203. Karlsson has played in seven more games though.
  • Bobby Ryan has no points in seven games since returning from injury. He has 18 shots in that span.
  • Hoffman's points streak is up to six games now. He has seven points in that span.
  • The Senators need to win four of their remaining six away games to break the club record for away wins in a season.
  • Ottawa's magic number to clinch a playoff spot is eight points.  The earliest they can clinch is Saturday.
  • A win for Ottawa tonight would mean the Flyers cannot finish ahead of Ottawa.
  • Brent Burns is now five points ahead of Karlsson for the defenceman scoring race. Victor Hedman has closed to within two points of Karlsson.
  • Apologies for the delay and the lack of content in today's preview!

Here are some stats for the two teams tonight. All stats are from NHL.com except Corsi and Fenwick are from Corsica.

Category Ottawa Philadelphia
Player # Player #
Goals Kyle Turris 25 Wayne Simmonds 29
Assists Erik Karlsson 53 Claude Giroux 41
Points Erik Karlsson 67 Jakub Voracek 57
Shots Erik Karlsson 204 Jakub Voracek 234
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 26:53 Ivan Provorov 21:51

Category

Ottawa Philadelphia
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.55 21st 2.55 21st
Goals Against 2.55 9th 2.88 22nd
Zone, score and venue adjusted Corsi % 47.79% 25th 50.01% 19th
Score, Zone and venue adjusted Fenwick % 48.14% 23rd 50.23% 17th
Shots For 30.0 19th 31.4 5th
Shots Against 30.4 17th 28.3 7th