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Flyers-Senators: Game 24 Preview

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(Photo: Kate Frese)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Tuesday's game at Wells Fargo Center will certainly have a different vibe. The waves of Ron Hextall's dismissal by the Flyers are still fresh. There's also the feeling that more changes could be coming after this game.

The Flyers have to somehow focus on that first and foremost. They will face the Ottawa Senators, another team that has gone through a share of changes over the last year.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P Ottawa Senators GP G A P
Claude Giroux 23 8 20 28 Matt Duchene 24 10 20 30
Sean Couturier 23 10 8 18 Thomas Chabot 24 6 21 27
Jake Voracek 23 5 12 17 Mark Stone 24 11 15 26
Travis Konecny 23 6 8 14 Chris Tierney 24 3 15 18
Wayne Simmonds 23 9 4 13 Ryan Dzingel 22 10 7 17
 
Player to Watch
28 Claude Giroux 72 Thomas Chabot
Last 5 Games: 1 G, 5 A, 6 P, -4 Last 5 Games: 1 G, 4 A, 5 P, E
 
As Claude Giroux goes, so go the Flyers. In a time when tensions are sure to be high, especially after the GM was dismissed on Monday, Giroux can lead the way for his team on a night when they need to put their best foot forward. 
 
Thomas Chabot has been a bright spot for the Senators, emerging as the team's top defenseman after trading away Erik Karlsson. Chabot's point-per-game pace has been impressive to say the least.
 
Goalie Matchup
41 Anthony Stolarz 33 Mike McKenna
1 GP, 0-0-0, 2.50 GAA, .943 SV% 4 GP, 0-1-0, 5.37 GAA, .862 SV%

After entering in relief on Saturday, Anthony Stolarz made 33 saves on 35 shots, doing an admirable job in the final 47 minutes of a 6-0 loss. Stolarz gets rewarded with a start on Tuesday against Ottawa as a result.

Mike McKenna gets a rare start here. Craig Anderson took the loss on Monday and has handled the bulk of the work throughout the season for Ottawa.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Brian Elliott, Michal Neuvirth, Corban Knight

Scratches: Jori Lehtera, Tyrell Goulbourne, Christian Folin

Left Wing Center Right Wing
28 Claude Giroux 14 Sean Couturier 11 Travis Konecny
22 Dale Weise 19 Nolan Patrick 93 Jake Voracek
25 James van Riemsdyk 40 Jordan Weal 17 Wayne Simmonds
23 Oskar Lindblom 21 Scott Laughton 12 Michael Raffl
Defense    
9 Ivan Provorov 8 Robert Hagg  
53 Shayne Gostisbehere 47 Andrew MacDonald  
6 Travis Sanheim 3 Radko Gudas  
Goalie    
41 Anthony Stolarz    

Lineup Notes

The Flyers sent Alex Lyon down to Lehigh Valley on Monday, leaving Anthony Stolarz and Cal Pickard on the roster as goalies. Michael Raffl was also activated from injured reserve and figures to return to the lineup on the fourth line. Tyrell Goulbourne will likely come out of the lineup as a result. Andrew MacDonald also comes back into the lineup for Christian Folin.

Senators Projected Lineup

Injuries: Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Marian Gaborik

Scratches: Max McCormick, Mark Borowiecki

Left Wing Center Right Wing
10 Tom Pyatt 95 Matt Duchene 79 Drake Batherson
7 Brady Tkachuk 36 Colin White 61 Mark Stone
18 Ryan Dzingel 15 Zack Smith 9 Bobby Ryan
89 Mikkel Boedker 71 Chris Tierney 56 Magnus Paajarvi
Defense    
72 Thomas Chabot 2 Dylan DeMelo  
58 Maxime Lajoie 83 Christian Jaros  
67 Ben Harpur 5 Cody Ceci  
Goalie    
33 Mike McKenna    

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (25th, 25th at home), Senators (9th, T-22nd on road)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (31st, 31st at home), Senators (30th, 31st on road) 
  • Recent History vs. Senators
    • Oct. 26, 2017 - Senators 5, Flyers 4 (at OTT)
    • Feb. 3, 2018 - Senators 4, Flyers 3 (F/SO) (at PHI)
    • Feb. 24, 2018 - Flyers 5, Senators 3 (at OTT)
    • Oct. 10, 2018 - Flyers 7, Senators 4 (at OTT)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Senators
    • Jake Voracek - 26 GP, 11 G, 15 A, 26 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 33 GP, 14 G, 14 A, 28 P
    • Shayne Gostisbehere - 10 GP, 1 G, 7 A, 8 P
    • Claude Giroux - 34 GP, 8 G, 16 A, 24 P
  • Milestone Watch
    • James van Riemsdyk needs three points to reach 400 in his career.

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

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