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Game 30 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Philadelphia Flyers

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Sens road trip continues in the City of Brotherly Love.

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

With big roster moves announced in the past couple of days, in addition to an ongoing situation with defenceman Nikita Zaitsev, the unsettled Ottawa Senators arrive in Philadelphia as a team in fluctuation.

At practice yesterday, here’s how D.J. Smith’s group lined up:

Tkachuk - Pageau - C. Brown
Namestnikov - Tierney - Ennis
Duclair - Anisimov - White
Beaudin - L. Brown - Davidsson

Chabot - Hainsey
Borowiecki - Zaitsev
Lajoie - DeMelo

Anderson (starter)
Nilsson

Here’s what we can expect from the home squad, hoping to get some revenge for the last time these two teams played:

Giroux - Frost - Konecny
Lindblom - Couturier - Voracek
Laughton - Hayes - Farabee
Van Riemsdyk - Pitlick - Vorobyev

Provorov - Niskanen
Sanheim - Braun
Gostisbehere - Myers

Hart (starter)
Elliott

Game Notes:

  • Let’s start with some Sens updates. Cody Goloubef (lower body) and Nick Paul (neck strain) both skated with the team on Friday, but D.J. Smith is unsure if they’ll be available to play. Jonathan Davidsson is up from Belleville to fill some fourth line duty with fellow kids, J.C. Beaudin and Logan Brown.
  • The Flyers have Nolan Patrick and Michael Raffl injured, and made Guy Boucher proud in their last game by playing with only 11 forwards. We expect that to change tonight, with Mikhail Vorobyev coming into the lineup.
  • While the Senators come in on a one-game winning streak after a five-game losing streak, the Flyers arrive having lost to Arizona in their last contest, which broke their five-game winning streak.
  • Carter Hart will be looking for a rebound game. He let in two of the 19 shots he faced the last time these two teams played. Meanwhile, with Anders Nilsson struggling, Craig Anderson will play the Flyers for the first time this season. He’s coming off a strong 0.923 sv% performance his last time out.
  • The Flyers are third in the Metropolitan Division with 37 points, and feature a number of young talent on their roster under the age of 22. 1C Morgan Frost (20), 1RW Travis Konency (22), 3RW Joel Farabee (19), 1LD Ivan Provorov (22), 3RD Philippe Myers (22), and 1G Carter Hart (21).
  • The Sens, having just sent down Filip Chlapik, Marcus Hogberg, and Erik Brännström, feature the following U22 players on their roster: 1LW Brady Tkachuk (20), 3RW Colin White (22), 4C Logan Brown (21), 4RW Jonathan Davidsson (22), 1LD Thomas Chabot (22), and 3LD Max Lajoie (22).
  • Because I’m sure you’re all a bit curious about young Erik, here’s an article from the BSens website on his return. He played around 24 minutes last night in a 6-1 loss to Cleveland (CBJ).

Here are some team and player stats, courtesy of NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick.

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Category Player # Player #
Goals Jean-Gabriel Pageau 15 Oskar Lindblom 11
Assists Thomas Chabot, Connor Brown 14 Travis Konecny 17
Points Jean-Gabriel Pageau 21 Travis Konecny 27
Shots Brady Tkachuk 107 Claude Giroux 95
Time On Ice Thomas Chabot 25:10 Ivan Provorov 24:50

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
# Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.62 24th 3.07 13th
Goals against/GP 3.10 20th 2.66 6th
Shots/GP 30.2 22nd 32.8 10th
Shots against/GP 32.3 22nd 28.9 4th
Powerplay % 9.9 31st 18.6 17th
Penalty Kill % 82.1 14th 84.1 10th
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted) 48.39 23rd 51.97 7th
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA) 49.36 17th 50.78 11th