Game Day: Flyers/Senators
The Flyers and Senators have been on a hot streak the last few weeks and will look to cool the other down. The Flyers have been an offensive machine lately and have scored thirteen goals in their last two games. They are 9-1-0 in their last ten while the Senators are 5-1 in the month of November and have won seven out of their last nine.
The Flyers hold the overall advantage versus the Ottawa Senators at 31-28-8 and 19-12-2 at home. The Senators won three out of their four matchups against the Flyers last season.
The Flyers last beat the Senators on Nov.12,2009 in Philly by the score of 5-1. Since March 5, 2004 whenever these two teams meet I can't help but think of the 419 penalty minute game in Philly.
In The Nets
The Flyers will once again go with Sergei Bobrovsky (10-2-1) 2.08 GAA .932 SV% in net tonight. He will be making his 10th straight start and is 8-0-1 1.79 GAA .944 SV% in his last nine starts. He enters the night tied for first in the NHL in wins, tied for Fifth in GAA and seventh in SV %.
The Ottawa Senators will go with the hot hand of Brian Elliott (9-4) 2.58 GAA .918 SV%. Elliott is coming of off a 31 save performance against the Bruins on Saturday to earn his first shutout of the season and give the Senators their seventh win in their last nine games.
The Ottawa Senators and the Flyers have been trade partners only seven times throughout the years. One of the biggest bust trades between these two for the Flyers happened on Jan 7, 1998.
This trade saw the Flyers send Vaclav Prospal, Pat Falloon, and Dallas' 1998 second round pick (Chris Bala) to the Senators for Alexandre Daigle. Looking back on it now Falloon for Daigle would have been an even swap with the way those two turned out.
On The Lookout
The Flyers offense has been impressive lately and have been scoring 3.41 goals per game good for second in the NHL behind the Capitals who net 3.61 goals per game.
Look for them to keep that going tonight. JVR will be back in the lineup this evening, keep an eye on him when he is on the ice, see if he plays with any urgency. Richards has five goals in his last five games, one of which was short handed.
He scored two goals against the Panthers Saturday night a team that he has had trouble lighting the lamp against in the past. The Panthers were the only team that Richards had yet to find the back of the net against, they had held him off for 19 games before Saturday's two tallies.
Bobrovsky is still playing beyond expectations and will only continue to get better with the experience he is gaining by playing in the NHL. Leino has been electric with his passes , the funny thing is a lot of them are blind passes but are right on the tape.
Giroux is always someone to watch, he had a great backhand move on his breakaway Saturday night. Zherdev has been playing at a much higher level since coming out of the press box, so look for him to keep that going.
For the Senators Goalie Brian Elliott has been hot lately and is currently on a five game winnning streak. RW Daniel Alfredsson is leading the team in goals with seven and in points with fifteen.
D Sergei Gonchar and C Jason Spezza are closely behind each having four goals and twelve points. D Erik Karlsson has eleven points and two power play goals which is second on the team behind Alfredsson's four PP tallies.
The Flyers will need to have a strong start tonight and get to Elliott early. The forecheck needs to show up earlier tonight than it did on Saturday night.
They just need to play like they have lately but with just a bit more consistency. Bobrovsky will have to be himself and keep this team in it during the Flyers mental lapses tonight. Every team has mental lapses during the game , the key is to keep those lapses to a minimum .
We haven't seen too many weak goals given up by Bob and as a result this team has the confidence it needs to take offensive chances. The revamped defense also has contributed to this confidence.
Sean O'Donnell and Andrej Meszaros have fit in nicely and both are in the top ten in +/-, O'Donnell 8th and Meszaros 10th.The Flyers will have to keep Alfredsson in check especially on the Power Play. The wingers will also need to keep an eye on the Defensemen moving up on the play and stay with their man.
Today In Flyers History
in 1992 on this day the Flyers beat the Senators 7-2 with Eric Lindros recording a Hattrick, the only one on this date.
The Flyers have only played twenty times on this date since 1967. Mark Recchi has the only OT goal on this date against the Maple Leafs.
Step Up Players
JVR, Powe, Carter