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Game 28 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Philadelphia Flyers

The Sens face off against a fellow basement-dweller for a change

Colorado Avalanche v Ottawa Senators Photo by André Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

After an improbable run that saw Ottawa digging up from the depths of despair of November, and defeating four of the top teams in the league in early December, the Sens suffered a hard-luck loss against Tampa Bay this past Thursday. Tonight we’ll see if Ottawa has actually turned over a new leaf in this calendar month or if they revert to their November ways of getting mired in the quicksand against lesser opponents.

The still-hot Anton “Horny Dog” Forsberg will get the start again and Jacob Bernard-Docker will draw into an otherwise unchanged lineup from Thursday:

The Flyers ran these lines this morning:

Game Notes:

  • Of note for Ottawa, the Senators have placed Nikita Zaitsev on injured reserve, hence JBD drawing in tonight.
  • The Senators will not get to face off against former teammates Derick Brassard (scratch) and Nate Thompson (IR).
  • After getting stonewalled by the Lightning’s top netminder on Thursday, the Sens will face the Flyers backup, Martin Jones, as Carter Hart (who has enjoyed a resurgent season to date) will miss tonight’s game due to illness. To my knowledge, tonight the Flyers will dress a backup goalie other than Jones or Hart for the first time this season.
  • Philadelphia has gone 3-2-1 since Mike Yeo replaced Alain Vigneault on December 6th.
  • Also of note since these two teams last played, the Flyers’ front office has overhauled the roster substantially with Jakub Voracek, Shayne Gostisbehere, Nolan Patrick, and Robert Hagg leaving town; and Cam Atkinson, Rasmus Ristolainen, Keith Yandle, and Ryan Ellis (IR) coming in.
  • It bears mentioning that for all their struggles this season, and even without Hart in the net tonight, the Flyers still have decent top-six (including pending UFA Claude Giroux).
  • In terms of the actual match-up, Ottawa’s good powerplay and bad penalty kill will lock horns with Philadelphia’s bad powerplay and good penalty kill. Neither of these teams thrives at five-on-five and Ottawa has a bit of an edge in terms of penalty differential.

Where to watch: SN1, SN360, TSN1200 @ 7PM EST

Stats

Players

Game 28 Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Game 28 Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Category Player # Player #
Goals Josh Norris 14 Cam Atkinson 12
Assists Drake Batherson 19 Claude Giroux 14
Points Drake Batherson 28 Claude Giroux 24
Shots Brady Tkachuk 78 Cam Atkinson 79
TOI Thomas Chabot 27:01 Ivan Provorov 24:18

Teams

Game 28 Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Game 28 Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Category Rank # Rank #
Goals 19th 2.76 26th 2.58
Goals against 31st 3.58 22nd 3.14
Shots 27th 28.56 16th 30.95
Shots against 29th 33.36 31st 34.30
Powerplay 12th 20.0% 26th 16.3%
Penalty Kill 25th 77.3% 12th 81.3%
Corsi 31st 44.4% 23rd 47.3%
xGoals 28th 45.7% 30th 45.3%