Struggling Senators Come to Town
Philadelphia Flyers (17-19-3) vs Ottawa Senators (19-14-6)
Wells Fargo Center -- Philadelphia, PA
7:00 pm -- Comcast Sportsnet and 93.3 FM WMMR
Setting the Stage
The Flyers are seven points out with nine games to go. The teams ahead of them, including the Rangers in 8th, are playing solid hockey while the Flyers are spinning their wheels.
This is the second of three meetings between the two teams. Philadelphia won the first matchup in Philadelphia, 2-1, back on March 2.
The Flyers have dropped two straight after rattling off a four-game winning streak and jumping back into the playoff hunt.
Ottawa is currently in 6th place in the standings but have 44 points, tying them with the 7th place Islanders and 8th place Rangers. They're losers of five straight with a loss possibly knocking them out of the top eight.
Danny Briere will not play tonight but says Saturday in Buffalo is a more realistic return date for him. He was on the ice for morning skate today.
What to Expect
The Flyers put nearly zero effort in against the Islanders on Tuesday and it cost them two points. After a day filled with news including bad news for Nick Grossmann's concussion, Ilya Bryzgalov's nap during a meeting as well as his comments about not caring, the Flyers will need to put together a good game.
Ultimately, things can't get worse for Philadelphia. They just need to focus on finishing the season on a high note and figure out what direction to go in for the off season. The players can't control the off season so they might as well just worry about finishin strong.
Ottawa cannot score to save their life. If the Flyers can just get a few past Craig Anderson then Bryzgalov should be able to hold a lead.
The Masked Men
Bryzgalov will be back in net after getting the rest on Tuesday. He's still the only goalie in the NHL that has registered every one of his team's wins. He's 41st in the league in GAA (2.88) and 44th in save percentage (.896). The 99 goals he's allowed is the most in the league.
Ottawa's starter will be Anderson. Anderson was the reason for Ottawa's hot start. Now he's trying to stop the bleeding as his team is struggling. In his two games back since being injured in February, Anderson has stopped 36 of the 41 shots he saw in both games combined.
Key to the Game
1. Just Play. With nine games left there is no use getting worked up about making the playoffs. It may sound like a terrible idea but playing relaxed could allow the Flyers to find their rhythm. Anything can happen in this league.
"I want to be here and I'm going to try everything in my power to stay here." -- Danny Briere on potentially being bought-out.