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Flyers Season Concludes in Ottawa Tonight

The Matchup

Philadelphia Flyers (22-22-3) at Ottawa Senators (24-16-6)
Scotiabank Place — Ottawa, ON, Canada
7:00 p.m. on Comcast Sportsnet and 97.5 FM The Fanatic

Setting the Stage

At last, this nightmare of a shortened season will conclude for the Flyers. They travel to Ottawa where they take on a playoff bound Senators team. Ottawa needs these two points though for playoff seeding. The Senators still have a game left to be played against Boston, and that game is crucial for seeding in the East as well.

In the season series, the two teams split the first two games, which were both in Philly. The Flyers won, 2-1, back on March 2 and the Senators won 3-1 back on Aprill 11. This is actually the first trip of the season the Flyers are making to the Scotiabank Place.

The Flyers are on a three-game winning streak and looking to end the season on a high note. Philadelphia is a proud team, and will finish this season off strong despite missing the playoffs. They showed that tenacity on Tuesday, man-handling the Bruins en-route to a 5-2 drubbing of one of the Eastern powers, and then in Thursday's win over the Islanders.

What to Expect

This game means a lot to Ottawa where as Philadelphia is making its final 60-minute effort before the long off season. Expect another loose effort from the Flyers in this one, which has resulted in three straight wins as of late.

The Masked Men

Steve Mason will be the starter in Ottawa to close out the season. Mason has been impressive since being traded to the Flyers, going 3-2-0 with a 2.08 GAA and .936 save percentage in six games (five starts).

Craig Anderson should get the start for Ottawa. He's had a tremendous season, going 12-8-2 with a 1.68 GAA and .942 save percentage and three shut-outs.

Keys to the Game

1. Briere's Last. This is likely the last game in a Flyers uniform for Danny Briere. It'll be interesting to see what he does in his final game. He scored on Thursday, snapping a 19-game drought.

2. Have Fun. I know the situation they're in isn't necessarily fun, but they are playing loose hockey. Tweak some things and try to end the season on a high note aka a four-game winning streak.

3. Spoiler. These points mean a lot to Ottawa, who can climb as high as the fifth seed in the playoffs. The Flyers can prevent that with a win tonight.

Quotable

"No, what’s the point?  There’s no difference. We are not going to make the playoffs; it doesn’t matter whether you’re two games below or two games above .500, its pointless. Of course it’s nice to win the games, but at the end of the day it doesn’t change anything." -- goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov

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