Preview: Flyers vs. Senators (Game 52)

Updated: February 3, 2018 at 1:07 pm by Wes Herrmann

The Philadelphia Flyers will attempt to end their three-game losing streak against the Ottawa Senators Saturday at 1 p.m. on home ice.

Although the two most recent losses came against Metropolitan teams this one against an Atlantic foe could be just as important. The Carolina Hurricanes are breathing down the Flyers’ neck and the New York Islanders and Rangers are right behind the Canes.

The Senators’ playoff hopes are all but officially squashed, however the team won their last game and lost the two before by just one goal.

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: NBCSP

LISTEN: 97.5 The Fanatic

PUCK DROP: 1 P.M.

Line Combinations: Courtesy of Daily Faceoff

Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations

Because the Flyers had an optional skate yesterday and no morning skate today, these lines are based off their last game against New Jersey. Coach Dave Hakstol experimented with Scott Laughton in the top nine and Valtteri Filppula on the fourth line to mixed results. One player that definitely won’t be in the lineup is Tyrell Goulbourne, who was sent back to the Phantoms Friday. Although an official starter has not been announced, most beat writers predicted Michal Neuvirth will get the start.

Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny

Jake Voracek – Nolan Patrick – Wayne Simmonds

Jordan Weal – Scott Laughton – Michael Raffl

Taylor Leier – Valtteri Filppula – Jori Lehtera

Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere

Robert Hagg – Andrew MacDonald

Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas

Michal Neuvirth

Ottawa: Senators Line Combinations

Bobby Ryan, who was on the Sens’ top line, will miss today’s game because of a hand injury. He will be replaced by rookie Colin White in his ninth NHL game after sitting out Ottawa’s last as a healthy scratch. According to The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, Craig Anderson will get the start in net. Besides Ryan, Mark Stone and Chris Wideman are notable in-actives due to injury.

Mike Hoffman – Matt Duchene – Colin White

Ryan Dzingel – Derick Brassard – Chris Didomenico

Zack Smith – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Tom Pyatt

Magnus Paajarvi – Nate Thompson – Alexandre Burrows

Johnny Oduya – Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf – Code Ceci

Mark Borowiecki – Thomas Chabot

Craig Anderson

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

In the last two losses, Philly had leads in both of them that they eventually squandered. This stretch is nothing compared to the ten-game losing streak, but it’s better to end any reminders to that as soon as possible. Whether the Flyers get a lead in the first period or the third, they need to hold it for a win this afternoon.

The Flyers’ penalty kill may be in its worst rut of the season right now. They’ve killed just three in the last two games and allowed four goals. The Senators, though, rank 28th in power play percentage at 16 percent. This game could be the perfect opportunity for the PK to have some success and gain some confidence.

Craig Anderson has been notoriously hard for the Flyers to beat over his career. The American has an 11-5-3 record against Philly and a .922 save percentage across 20 games played. After an impressive run to the Eastern Conference finals last year, Anderson has faltered this season, carrying a .903 save percentage and winning just 12 games. Will the 36 year old’s luck against the Flyers continue or will his poor play this year win out?

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