The Philadelphia Flyers will go for the season sweep against the Ottawa Senators Monday night in Ottawa.
The Flyers have had the upper hand in the previous two meetings, outscoring the Senators 10-2.
Vincent Lecavalier will miss tonight’s game. Lecavalier will be out of the lineup for the next three to four weeks because of a non-displaced fracture in his lower back. Timoen is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury.
Paul Holmgren has recalled forward Tye McGinn who has three goals in six games with the big club. McGinn has seven points – 5G, 2A – in 16 games with the Phantoms.
Ottawa has struggled as of late, going 3-6-1 in their last ten games. The Flyers are 6-4 in their last ten, but their play has been lacking on this road trip. Their game against Nashville was average at best. The game against Detroit was salvaged thanks to four goals in the third period. Their last game in Dallas was less than stellar. Mason was hung out to dry by the defense and the speed of the Dallas forwards overwhelmed the Flyers.
With the absence of Lecavalier, the Flyers’ offense will have to find new ways to generate scoring chances. Lecavalier led the team in goals, with nine, prior to injuring his back. The second power play unit will also miss Lecavalier’s one-timer.
Steve Mason will get the start tonight. Mason is has won both of his starts against Ottawa and has compiled a .966 save percentage.
Look for Jakub Voracek to get on the score sheet tonight. In 12 games against the Senators, Voracek has 11 points – 6G, 5A. This season he has three points in two games against Ottawa, including a two-goal night back on Nov. 12. Voracek and the rest of the Flyers will have to step up their offensive games now that Lecavalier is out for an extended period of time. Voracek has not registered a point in seven games.