Game 50 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Philadelphia Flyers

News and notes ahead of today’s afternoon game.

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)

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

Goals against/GP3.4430th2.563rd
Shots against/GP33.025th29.32nd
Powerplay %16.726th23.54th
Penalty Kill %76.227th83.34th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted)46.3229th53.972nd
Fenwick (5v5, SVA)46.9427th54.011st

Player Stats

GoalsMatt Duchene27Brad Marchand34
AssistsErik Karlsson (out)53Brad Marchand51
PointsKarlsson/Stone (both out)62Brad Marchand85
ShotsMike Hoffman253David Pastrnak236
TOI/GPErik Karlsson (out)26:44Zdeno Chara22:53

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