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Game 50 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Philadelphia Flyers

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News and notes ahead of today’s afternoon game.

Ottawa Senators v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

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:

Hoffman - Duchene - White
Dzingel - Brassard - DiDomenico
Smith - Pageau - Pyatt
Paajarvi - Thompson - Burrows

Oduya - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Borowiecki
Chabot - Ceci

Anderson (starter)
Condon

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:

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Category Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 2.68 25th 3.25 6th
Goals against/GP 3.44 30th 2.56 3rd
Shots/GP 30.7 24th 32.8 11th
Shots against/GP 33.0 25th 29.3 2nd
Powerplay % 16.7 26th 23.5 4th
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

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
-- Player # Player #
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