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Game 61 Preview + Open Thread: Flyers @ Senators

The Senators welcome the Philadelphia Flyers, who are without their captain, Claude Giroux

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

The bad news just really doesn’t stop, does it?

Yesterday we learned that Thomas Chabot has a broken hand, and it looks as if his season is over. There are only 22 games left, but this season is really stripping any fun and good news from us. While the fans of the Ottawa Senators can tune out the team as much or as little as they’d like, the players don’t have that luxury, as there is still a lot of hockey to be played, and many of them are playing for jobs next season.

In what is the penultimate game before Monday’s trade deadline, the Philadelphia Flyers come to Ottawa as a team that has had a similarly awful season. They have a paltry record of 19-30-11, just 2 points ahead of the Senators despite many talented players on their roster. The stakes are low in this contest, but that’s a good opportunity to find some silver linings at the end of the night.

Here are tonight’s projected lines (which may change this afternoon), with Anton Forsberg starting in net:

However, Bruce Garrioch is reporting that changes could be made later today in regards to Nick Paul, Zach Sanford, and Josh Brown:

Game Notes:

  • I expect Chabot’s absence to be a huge loss for them, as nobody else comes close to what he brings. The defense will be a massive work in progress, but hopefully Erik Brännström can shine.
  • As of now, Tim Stützle is out of the lineup as well, although that could change at any moment. He has a lower-body injury and it’s unclear what his status is.
  • The first pairing of Brännström-Zub will be interesting to watch, and I hope they can build some chemistry to end the season.
  • Nick Paul is getting a lot of attention, as it appears he isn’t close to re-signing with the Senators. If he gets dealt, he’ll certainly be missed in Ottawa.
  • Claude Giroux is another name that won’t be playing, as the longtime Flyer played his 1000th game on Thursday but will be held out of the lineup while it seems he will inevitably be dealt somewhere. The latest rumour was Florida, but who knows if that is true.
  • Ottawa has lost three straight games and is 2-8-0 in their last 10 games, while Philadelphia won their last game but is 4-5-1 in their last 10.
  • The only matchup between these two occurred in December 18th, which was right before a stretch of postponed games for Ottawa. The Flyers won 4-3 in overtime in an entertaining game where the Senators were leading until 5:25 left.

Player Stats

Game 75 Ottawa Senators Seattle Kraken
Game 75 Ottawa Senators Seattle Kraken
Category Player # Player #
Goals Josh Norris 33 Jared McCann 25
Assists Tim Stützle 32 Yanni Gourde 26
Points Brady Tkachuk 59 Jared McCann, Yanni Gourde (tied) 43
Shots Brady Tkachuk 261 Jared McCann 174
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot (inj.) 26:23 Adam Larsson 22:10

Team Stats

Game 75 Ottawa Senators Seattle Kraken
Game 75 Ottawa Senators Seattle Kraken
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.71 26th 2.57 29th
Goals Against/GP 3.23 23rd 3.47 24th
Shots/GP 30.3 20th 28.8 31st
Shots Against/GP 33.2 25th 29.1 5th
Powerplay % 19.7 21st 14.3 29th
Penalty Kill % 80.5 13th 75.1 26th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 47.91 21st 49.03 19th
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 47.10 24th 47.34 23rd