There will be no rest for Philadelphia as it’s another matinee game, this time against the Ottawa Senators.
The Flyers will be looking to avenge their early season loss to the Senators. Jakob Chychrun and Brady Tkachuk each had two goals in the 5-2 victory on Oct. 14. Philadelphia cut it to a one-goal deficit twice but couldn’t complete the comeback.
The Flyers came back down to earth on Saturday afternoon against the Avalanche. Nathan MacKinnon showed why he’s one of the best in the league, torching Philadelphia with a five-point afternoon. The Flyers also saw Owen Tippett go down with a lower-body injury. He’s likely to miss this game but may have avoided anything more serious.
Either way, it’s a tough loss for Philadelphia, as Tippett had been playing well. They will need other players to step up and have seen it come from Morgan Frost. He added another two assists against Colorado and has six points during his four-game point streak. He has shown much more confidence and assertiveness. Time will tell if he can keep that up.
Travis Konecny broke his six-game goalless drought, the longest of this season. He had four assists, so he was still finding some ways to contribute. He’s still the leader on the Flyers in both goals and points. But it’s nice to see that other players have been able to pick things up.
With no morning skate and no update on Tippett, it’s hard to predict what the lines may be. It’ll all depend on whether Philadelphia goes back to a traditional 12/6 or continues to run 11/7. This is what things could look like with a normal lineup.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Joel Farabee - Sean Couturier - Travis Konecny
Tyson Foerster - Morgan Frost - Cam Atkinson
Noah Cates - Scott Laughton - Bobby Brink
Nicolas Deslauriers - Ryan Poehling - Garnet Hathaway
Travis Sanheim - Jamie Drysdale
Nick Seeler - Sean Walker
Cam York - Rasmus Ristolainen
To put it lightly, the Senators have not played well on the road this season. They’ve won just four of their 17 games away from Canadian Tire Center. They are also in a rough patch, having lost seven of their nine games this month.
Offensively, they are led by captain Brady Tkachuk with 19 goals. Tim Stutzle has the team lead in points (41). Tkachuk is third on the team with 36. And while this isn’t Claude Giroux’s first game back in Philadelphia, it’s certain to be emotional nonetheless. He’s having a strong season for the Senators, though he’s not likely to hit the same numbers from a season ago. He’s at 13 goals and 38 points through 41 games.
Shane Pinto will make his season debut for the Senators after serving a 41-game suspension for gambling-related reasons. He was signed to a one-year contract on Friday as he had entered the year without one. It will be his first NHL action in over 280 days. Pinto had 20 goals and 35 points in his first official season with the Senators last year.
Goaltending hasn’t been a strong point for the Senators, as neither of their netminders has put up good numbers. With Joonas Korpisalo having played yesterday and Anton Forsberg injured, it’ll be Mads Sogard making just his second start of the season. He gave up six goals to Colorado in his only other outing.
Senators Projected Lineup
Brady Tkachuk - Ridly Greig - Claude Giroux
Mathieu Joseph - Tim Stutzle - Drake Batherson
Josh Norris - Shane Pinto - Vladimir Tarasenko
Parker Kelly - Rourke Chartier - Dominik Kubalik
Thomas Chabot - Jakob Chychrun
Jake Sanderson - Artem Zub
Erik Brannstrom - Jacob Bernard-Docker
When, Where, and How to Watch/Listen
Time: 1:00 PM
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia, NHL Network
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic
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