Flyers Look To Remain In Third PlaceSo 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 WellSo 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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