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Game 25 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Philadelphia Flyers

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Road trip mercifully comes to an end on the streets of Philadelphia

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Philadelphia Flyers Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

In the finale of a road trip that has yielded three of four consecutive losses, the Ottawa Senators (9-12-3) will try to head home on a high note, when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers (10-11-2) tonight in Philly.

After a loss to the Rangers at MSG last night, Ottawa has fallen to dead last in the Eastern Conference. For the Flyers, this is their first game following a 6-0 trouncing by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, and the firing of General Manager Ron Hextall.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00PMET, and you can catch this one on TSN5, RDS2, and NBC Sports Philadelphia for our friends south of the border. As always, Dean Brown and Gord Wilson will have the call on TSNRadio 1200.

The Senators will ice the same lineup as last night, with the exception of Mike McKenna starting in goal in place of Craig Anderson. Here it is in case you, luckily, managed to forget:

Game Notes

  • Guy Boucher had some real gems while speaking to the media this morning. He said Ottawa’s road record is so bad because not having the last change allows the young players to be exposed. Because Brady Tkachuk, Drake Batherson, Max Lajoie and Christian Jaros are clearly the extent of this team’s problems.
  • In four appearances this season, Mike McKenna is posting a GAA of 5.41, and a save percentage of 0.862. Presented without comment.
  • Drake Batherson played a little over ten minutes last night, his shortest outing since the call-up. The kid needs to play, so if Guy Boucher doesn’t see fit to give him top-six minutes, he’s probably better off in Belleville.
  • One has to think Philly will come out flying (couldn’t resist) tonight. They’re coming off the firing of their GM, and bench boss Dave Hakstol certainly has to be feeling the heat. The message has been sent that if things don’t shape up, changes are coming.
  • Defenceman Mark Borowiecki was placed on IR today, as he works to recover from what’s only being reported as an upper-body injury.
  • Expect Calvin Pickard to get the start for the Flyers tonight. Their lineup will probably look something like this, courtesy of Left Wing Lock.

As always, have some stats, courtesy of NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick.

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Columbus Blue Jackets
Category Ottawa Senators Columbus Blue Jackets
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 3.15 11th 3.24 9th
Goals Against/GP 3.92 31st 3.03 19th
Shots/GP 29.2 25th 32.0 13th
Shots Against/GP 37.4 31st 30.5 8th
Powerplay % 21.8 11th 13.4 30th
Penalty Kill % 74.5 28th 79.2 16th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 42.91 31st 49.86 15th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 43.25 31st 51.42 11th


Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Washington Capitals
Ottawa Senators Washington Capitals
-- Player # Player #
Goals Mark Stone 18 Cam Atkinson 23
Assists Thomas Chabot 28 Artemi Panarin 29
Points Mark Stone 43 Artemi Panarin 41
Shots Thomas Chabot 100 Cam Atkinson 149
TOI/GP Thomas Chabot 23:52 Seth Jones 26:18