Game Day Preview: Flyers vs. Senators
Tonight the Philadelphia Flyers (3-0-1) will head across the border to Canada to face the Ottawa Senators (1-4-1) in Scotiabank Place at 7:30 pm EST. Both of these teams are coming off one goal losses. The Senators fell 2-1 to the Capitals, while the Flyers succumbed to the L.A. Kings in overtime, 3-2.
This is the first of four meetings between these two teams this season. The Flyers lost both matchups in Ottawa last season making them winless in their last seven visits. The Flyers only managed three goals in those games in Ottawa, while the Senators tallied nine. The Flyers are 12-18-6 in Ottawa, with an overall record of 33-30-8.
The Ottawa Senators are having a tough time keeping the puck out of their net this season. They are dead last in the league in goals against at 4.60. They have surrendered 24 goals in five games and a season high seven in a game against the Avalanche. Only just recently in a matchup with the Capitals did they surrender less than four goals when they gave up just two.
The Flyers are only surrendering 2.00 per game, good for seventh in the league. Ottawa is fourth in the league with the man advantage scoring at a thirty percent clip. The Flyers are eleventh in the league connecting 20.8 percent of the time.
The Flyers will have to work hard in the faceoff dot again tonight as there is only one team with a lower face off percentage, Calgary 43.7%. The Flyers win the battle in the faceoff circle 44.4% of the time.
In The Nets
For the Flyers this could be the game Sergei Bobrovsky makes his 2011-2012 season debut. With the Flyers suffering their first loss of the season Saturday night it just seems like the right time to get him in there.
He is 0-1 in his only game in Ottawa as he surrendered four goals on 35 shots. It is a different story at home as he is 2-0 with a 1.50 GAA facing a total of 56 shots in those games.
As for the Senators, They could go either way as Alex Auld is coming off a good performance versus Washington. He is 4-1-0 lifetime versus the Flyers with a 2.43 goals against.
Craig Anderson has not been sharp so far this season as he is 1-2 with a 5.07 GAA. He has won five of seven matchups against the Flyers while giving up 2.43 goals per game.
It is obvious that the Flyers need to work on being more responsible at key moments of the game. They are taking too many dumb penalties especially late in the game. The one by JVR late in the third against the Kings carried into OT giving L.A. a four on three power play. This put the Flyers behind the eight ball early on in the overtime period, ultimately costing them the game.
Briere's line has to contribute more on offense at even strength. They have a good mixture of talent on that line with Briere being the finisher, Voracek being the play maker and Simmonds doing the dirty work in front of the net.
It is still early in the season and both Briere's wings are new to him and the team and it may take a little longer for them to find a rhythm. Question is how long will Laviolette wait?
It will be nice when Jagr gets his first regular season goal as a Flyer as he has not had the same luck finding the back of the net in the in the regular season as he did in the preseason.
What The Puck Predictions
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