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#71 Philadelphia Flyers -140 vs.
#72 Ottawa Senators 6.5
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:35pm EST
Canadian Tire Cenre, Kanata
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Friday, there is a matchup between two Eastern Conference teams in the NHL as the Philadelphia Flyers and the Ottawa Senators will face off at about 7:30 PM. This is the first meeting between these teams in this regular season and it will take place at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Goalie Matchup: The Flyers will turn to Carter Hart (6-3-2, 2.53 GAA) and the Senators will turn to Craig Anderson (3-6-0, 3.34 GAA).

Flyers Look To Remain In Third Place

So far this season, the Philadelphia Flyers have looked like a solid team in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers have won 10 of their first 18 games which is good enough to put them in third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers, however, were in the middle of a four-game winning streak before it got snapped in a shootout loss to the Capitals. Now, the Flyers are in danger of falling out of third place in the division as the Penguins are just one point behind them. As a result, this game is extremely important to the Flyers as they will do whatever is possible to maintain their current spot in the standings.

Leading the Flyers offensively will be center Travis Konecny who has looked great so far this season. He already has 19 points and a Plus/Minus rating of +1 in 18 games. However, Konecny was in the midst of a four-game point streak before it was snapped in the last game against the Capitals. Now, he will look to start another point streak against a below-average defense.

The starting goalie for the Flyers in this game will be Carter Hart who has been solid so far this season. He has a 6-3-2 record with a 2.53 GAA along with a .904 save percentage. This will actually be Hart's first career appearance against the Senators so he will look to get a victory in this initial opportunity on Friday night.

Senators Look To Continue Playing Well

So far this season, the Ottawa Senators have looked like a below-average team in the Eastern Conference. Specifically, the Senators enter this game having lost 11 of their first 18 games which have placed them in a tie for last place in the Atlantic Division with the Red Wings. However, Ottawa has actually played better lately as it has managed to win three of its last four games. The main reason for this recent success is due to its improved defense which has given up less than three goals in three of those games. If the Senators plan on maintaining their hot streak, their defense will need to continue performing at its current level.

Leading the Senators offensively is centerJean-Gabriel Pageau who has been solid so far this season. Specifically, he already has 11 goals through 18 games. In addition, he also has a Plus/Minus Rating of +19 which is insane considering the fact that the Senators still have a losing record up to this point in the season. Pageau also enters this game in great form after scoring a hat trick against the Devils in his last game.

The starting goalie for the Senators in this game will be Craig Anderson who has been underwhelming so far this season. Specifically, he has a 3-6-0 record and a 3.34 GAA along with a .893 save percentage. Last season, Anderson had had an 0-2-0 record along with a 4.59 GAA and a .888 save percentage against the Flyers so he will look for a much better result on Friday.

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Philadelphia enters this game in possession of a playoff spot but it has several teams breathing down its neck so it will look to take advantage of this weak opponent in the pursuit of creating more separation in the standings. Even though Ottawa has played better lately, Philadelphia still has more talent at virtually every position and I think that it will show on Friday. The Flyers also enter this game having won four of their last five games so I do not plan on going against them considering their recently hot play. Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: Philadelphia Flyers

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Even though the over might look tempting here, both teams have actually played really good defense lately so I think that this total is too high. Each of Philadelphia's last five games have gone under this posted total while four of Ottawa's last five games have gone under this posted total as well. As a result, I think this total should be around six goals so there is value towards the under in this game. I can see the score being 3-2 after 60 minutes so I would take the under.

Prediction: Under 6.5

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Philadelphia enters this game is solid form as it has won four of its last five games while Ottawa enters this game with a losing record so I trust the road team more in this game. Plus, Hart has been the significantly better goalie in this matchup and I think that Anderson will struggle once again against the Flyers on Friday. Plus, the Flyers have been amazing defensively as of late so I think that there is a serious chance that the Senators get shutout in the first period. Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: Philadelphia Flyers 1P
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.