It’s a battle of Eastern Conference teams in the City of Brotherly Love on the ice. The Ottawa Senators are on the road as they make the trip to face the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday afternoon. Ottawa got back in the win column as they whipped Edmonton 5-2 on the road Wednesday night in their last game. Philadelphia was upended 3-1 at home by Arizona in their last game Thursday night. The teams have split the last 10 meetings with Ottawa taking a 2-1 home victory in the first matchup this season on November 15.
Ottawa Senators Close Out Five-Game Road TripOttawa snapped a five-game losing skid as they hammered Connor McDavid and the Oilers Wednesday night. The Senators are seventh in the Atlantic Division, six points behind the Panthers and Sabres for the final guaranteed playoff spot and 21 back of division leader Boston. Ottawa is 25th in the league in goals for as they average 2.62 goals per contest this season. The Senators are 20th in the league as they allow 3.10 goals per game on the year. Ottawa is last in the league with the man advantage as they have converted 9.9 percent (nine of 91) of their chances on the power play this season. The Senators are 14th in penalty killing as they have successfully killed off 82.1 percent of their shorthanded situations this year: they have four shorthanded goals this season.
In their last game, the Senators took care of business to earn their first win of their five-game road trip that ends here. Ottawa was outshot 10-4 in the opening period and trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes of play this season. The Senators held an 11-9 edge in shots in the second period and outscored Edmonton 3-1 to take a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes. Artem Anisimov tied the game with his third of the year at 5:15 of the period. Vladislav Namestnikov and Colin White drew the assists on that marker. Only 12 seconds later, Connor Brown gave Ottawa a 2-1 lead with his third of the year at 5:27 off assists from Chris Tierney and Ron Hainsey. Later in the period, Tyler Ennis made it 3-1 with his eighth of the year at 11:42 off assists from Brown and Dylan DeMelo. Edmonton cut the lead to a single goal with a power play marker later in the stanza. Ottawa held a 10-7 edge in shots in the third period and outscored Edmonton 2-0 to roll to the win. Anthony Duclair restored the Senators’ two-goal lead at the 1:30 mark with his 11th of the year off an assist from Ennis. Later in the period, Namestnikov scored his seventh of the year at 11:47 off assists from Tierney and Ennis to close the scoring. Craig Anderson made 24 saves in the win for the Senators, who were outshot 26-25 in the contest.
Philadelphia Flyers Try to Get Back in Win ColumnPhiladelphia saw their five-game win streak snapped as they were shut down by a stingy Arizona team in their last contest. The Flyers entered Friday night’s action holding the final guaranteed playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division and stood 10 points back of division-leading Washington. Philadelphia is tied for 12th in the league in scoring as they average 3.07 goals per game this season. The Flyers are 6th in the league in goals against by allowing 2.66 goals per contest. Philadelphia stands 17th in success with the man advantage by converting 18.6 percent of their power play chances this season. The Flyers are 10th in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 84.1 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.
In their last game, Philadelphia was held in check and they may have wished that they had saved a couple goals from that late-game outburst against Toronto in their previous game. The Flyers saw the shots even at five in the opening period but trailed 1-0 after giving up a power play goal early in the period. In the second period, Philadelphia held a 13-4 edge in shots on goal with neither team scoring, leaving the game 1-0 in favor of Arizona. The third period saw the Flyers with an 11-9 edge in shots but they were outscored 2-1 to end up with the loss. After falling behind 2-0, Matt Niskanen scored his third of the year at 15:17 off assists from Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek to get the Flyers on the board. Philadelphia gave up an empty net goal late to seal their fate. Brian Elliott made 15 saves in the loss for the Flyers, who held a 29-18 edge in shots in the loss. Carter Hart is expected to get the call in goal for this one.
The top trends for this game according to Oddsshark.com:
- Senators are 1-5 in their last six overall
- Senators are 1-4 in their last five on the road
- Flyers are 5-0 in their last five against Eastern Conference teams
- Flyers are 5-1 in their last six overall