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Game 11 Preview + Open Thread: Flyers @ Senators

The Senators look to stop their 4-game skid as they host the Philadelphia Flyers

NHL: MAR 18 Flyers at Senators Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Ottawa Senators began the season with two straight losses and then won four in a row, with everything looking peachy at that time. Now they’ve lost four in a row, but can they swing the pendulum back and begin a winning streak tonight? They will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers, who have a fine record of 5-3-2, but they have been getting lucky and it’s hard to say they have a strong lineup.

This is certainly not a guaranteed win, but it’s a perfect opportunity to end an ugly skid for the Senators. Here are the projected lines as of now:

Game Notes:

  • This is Cam Talbot’s first start of the season, so we’ll see if there is any rust. He came in to relieve Anton Forsberg on Thursday and stopped all 13 shots, so that’s a good start. He doesn’t need to be a saviour, but another competent NHL goalie would be a great luxury.
  • Claude Giroux will play his former team for the first time tonight, which is strange for him considering he never thought he would leave until last year.
  • It looks like Jacob Bernard-Docker won’t be in the lineup despite getting the callup. DJ Smith said he wants to get him in for a good stretch of games, although who knows when that will be.
  • The Flyers have a very thin lineup, especially after losing Sean Couturier for a long period of time. They’ve been able to stay competitive so far, and a big reason for that is due to Carter Hart and his .943 SV% in 7 games. He has the ability to steal a game, but Ottawa desperately needs to find a way to win tonight.
  • Scott Laughton and Brady Tkachuk have an...interesting history:
  • Alex DeBrincat has just 2 goals on the season but he’s shooting 4.3%, and his career average is 15.5%. He’s fourth in the NHL in shots/60, so he’s bound to have a big game soon.
  • The game starts at 7:00 EST and can be seen on Sportsnet1 and TVAS2.

Player Stats

Game 11 Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Game 11 Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Category Player # Player #
Goals Brady Tkachuk/Shane Pinto 6 Travis Konecny 4
Assists Brady Tkachuk 9 Kevin Hayes 9
Points Brady Tkachuk 15 Travis Konecny 11
Shots Alex DeBrincat 47 Travis Konecny 33
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 25:37 Tony DeAngelo 24:32

Team Stats

Game 11 Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Game 11 Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 3.7 5th 2.60 30th
Goals Against/GP 3.6 24th 2.70 6th
Shots/GP 31.9 15th 26.3 30th
Shots Against/GP 34.3 25th 36.7 30th
Powerplay % 21.2 16th 18.9 23rd
Penalty Kill % 78.1 18th 79.4 14th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 51.76 10th 38.22 32nd
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 52.23 12th 37.35 31st