The Senators are in Philadelphia today taking on the Flyers, looking fo their first win on the road since January 10th. They face a streaky Flyers team, who although had a stretch in January going 8-1-0, have since lost their last three.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Bobby Ryan is out with another hand injury. According to Guy Boucher, he’s a no-go for both games this weekend, and “highly doubtful” for the upcoming week. Colin White draws into the lineup after being a healthy scratch last game, being placed on the first line during yesterday’s practice.
Craig Anderson is tonight’s starter, with Condon taking the second half of the back-to-back tomorrow. With Flyers backup Alex Lyon playing on Thursday, expect Michal Neuvirth to be the starter at the other end.
Here are the expected line combos:
Dzingel - Brassard - DiDomenico
Smith - Pageau - Pyatt
Paajarvi - Thompson - Burrows
Oduya - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Borowiecki
Chabot - Ceci
Here are some notes:
- The Sens’ crease continues to rotate, with the back-to-back guaranteeing a string of eight games switching back and forth.
- The goaltending has been picking up steam recently too, with Anderson and Condon combined allowing only three goals on their last 78 shots faced, for a save percentage of 96.2%.
- Mark Borowiecki had to suddenly leave practice yesterday after taking a puck to the face from Matt Duchene. He’s all stitched up and ready to play, with a face scar that might just rival Guy Boucher.
- Colin White’s getting a big chance on the top line, as he’s still in pursuit of his first career NHL point. He’s been extremely close a few times.
- Speaking of the lineup, that right wing depth is... well, it’s something.
- Think scoring at point-per-game pace is difficult? Try going assist-per-game. Jakub Voracek leads the NHL in that category by a healthy margin, with 50 assists in 51 games, on pace for 80 assists. It’s been eight years since the 80 assist barrier was last broken by Henrik Sedin.
- Sens who haven’t missed a game at the 50 game mark: Ceci, Pyatt, Dzingel, Brassard and Hoffman.
- This is the first half of a back-to-back, as Ottawa faces Montreal tomorrow. Start time is 1:00 p.m. for both games.
Here are the head-to-head stats:
|Penalty Kill %||76.2||27th||83.3||4th|
|Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted)||46.32||29th||53.97||2nd|
|Fenwick (5v5, SVA)||46.94||27th||54.01||1st|
|Goals||Matt Duchene||27||Brad Marchand||34|
|Assists||Erik Karlsson (out)||53||Brad Marchand||51|
|Points||Karlsson/Stone (both out)||62||Brad Marchand||85|
|Shots||Mike Hoffman||253||David Pastrnak||236|
|TOI/GP||Erik Karlsson (out)||26:44||Zdeno Chara||22:53|