The Philadelphia Flyers will look to bring their road warrior mentality back home as they face the Ottawa Senators tonight at 7:00 p.m.
It was a week ago when the Flyers trounced the Ottawa Senators 5-0. In their last matchup against the Sentators, the Flyers played a near perfect game. It was a full sixty-minute effort of white jerseys swarming to the puck, winning battles on the boards and pumping five goals past Craig Anderson. The Flyers capped off their road trip with a win against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins and a shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
Tonight’s game against the Senators begins a huge stretch of winnable games that could propel the Flyers over the .500 mark. The Flyers have taken a 180, going 3-0-1, since captain Claude Giroux called a team meeting. In the team’s last three games, they have done everything they did not do in the beginning of the season. For the most part, they have played a full game, with the exception of the game in Winnipeg, played phenomenal defense and have put pucks on net.
Tonight the Flyers will face Robin Lehner who has put up impressive numbers in his first few games. Lehner, 22 and stands 6’5″, is 3-2-2 with a 2.13 goals against average and a .945 save percentage. Lehner has won his last three starts, allowing only four goals on 95 shots. He will be opposed by Steve Mason, who is 5-7-2 with a 2.13 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. Mason has gone 2-0-2 in his last four starts, giving up only four goals. He shut out the Senators on Nov. 12.
The Senators will likely come into this game with a chip on their shoulder. The Flyers embarrassed them on their home ice, so the Senators will want to spoil the Flyers’ homecoming. Ottawa comes into tonight’s game with a 4-4-1 record in its last ten games. The team is 8-8-4 overall. The Flyers will have to watch out for Bobby Ryan, who has eleven points – four goals, seven assists – in his last nine games.
The Flyers (7-10-2) are finally clicking, having gone 5-3-2 in their last ten and acquiring at least one point in four consecutive games. The power play units have also scored in three consecutive games.