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Flyers-Senators: Game 69 Preview

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(Photo: Kate Frese)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers enter Monday's game coming off another convincing win on Long Island. Despite the 5-2 final, the Flyers did suffer a loss from that game.

Jake Voracek will be out on Monday and again on Thursday serving a two-game suspension issued on Sunday for interference on Johnny Boychuk.

Monday, the Flyers will face the Ottawa Senators, the team at the bottom of the NHL standings and a team that looks a lot different following the trade deadline two weeks ago. It is one of the rare games left on the Flyers schedule against a team outside the playoff picture.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P Ottawa Senators GP G A P
Claude Giroux 68 20 53 73 Thomas Chabot 61 13 35 48
Sean Couturier 66 28 36 64 Chris Tierney 69 7 35 42
Jake Voracek 66 18 43 61 Bobby Ryan 66 13 24 37
Travis Konecny 68 22 21 43 Brady Tkachuk 58 16 20 36
James van Riemsdyk 52 20 17 37 Colin White 63 13 22 35
 
Player to Watch
23 Oskar Lindblom     7 Brady Tkachuk
Last 5 Games: 0 G, 2 A, 2 P, E Last 5 Games: 2 G, 2 A, 4 P, E
 
Since scoring seven goals in a 14-game span, Oskar Lindblom has been held off the board for five straight games. Lindblom has remained a strong forward on the forecheck and driving play, but the points haven't been there lately. This could be an opportunity for him to get back on the scoresheet too.
 
It's been a difficult season for Ottawa, but Brady Tkachuk has been a bright spot. The rookie has 16 goals this season, including four against the Flyers. 
 
Goalie Matchup
37 Brian Elliott 41 Craig Anderson
22 GP, 10-8-1, 2.62 GAA, .916 SV% 43 GP, 14-23-4, 3.53 GAA, .903 SV%

Brian Elliott gets another start on Monday night against Ottawa after making 25 saves in Saturday's win over the Islanders. Elliott has won four of his six starts since returning from injury.

Craig Anderson has lost four straight starts, allowing three goals or more in each. He most recently allowed three goals on 31 shots in a 3-2 loss late in regulation to the Bruins.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Michal Neuvirth

Scratches: Jake Voracek, Cam Talbot, Sam Morin

Left Wing Center Right Wing
23 Oskar Lindblom 14 Sean Couturier 28 Claude Giroux
25 James van Riemsdyk 19 Nolan Patrick 11 Travis Konecny
12 Michael Raffl 21 Scott Laughton 38 Ryan Hartman
44 Phil Varone 10 Corban Knight  
Defense    
9 Ivan Provorov 6 Travis Sanheim  
53 Shayne Gostisbehere 61 Phil Myers  
8 Robert Hagg 3 Radko Gudas 47 Andrew MacDonald
Goalie    
37 Brian Elliott    

Lineup Notes

With Jake Voracek serving his suspension, the Flyers do not have an extra forward, so they will go with the 11-forward, seven-defensemen lineup on Monday night. Andrew MacDonald comes back into the lineup. Carter Hart will serve as backup to Brian Elliott tonight.

Senators Projected Lineup

Injuries: Christian Jaros

Left Wing Center Right Wing
7 Brady Tkachuk 44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau  10 Anthony Duclair
15 Zack Smith  36 Colin White 9 Bobby Ryan
 17 Brian Gibbons 24 Oscar Lindberg 89 Mikkel Boedker
38 Rudolfs Balcers 71 Chris Tierney  56 Magnus Paajarvi
Defense    
72 Thomas Chabot 2 Dylan DeMelo  
86 Christian Wolanin 5 Cody Ceci  
74 Mark Borowiecki 67 Ben Harpur  
Goalie    
41 Craig Anderson    

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-21st, 15th at home), Senators (13th, 16th on road)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (27th, 24th at home), Senators (23rd, 14th on road) 
  • Recent History vs. Senators
    • Oct. 10, 2018 - Flyers 7, Senators 4 (at OTT)
    • Nov. 27, 2018 - Senators 4, Flyers 3 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Senators 
    • James van Riemsdyk - 34 GP, 14 G, 14 A, 28 P
    • Sean Couturier - 23 GP, 9 G, 8 A, 17 P
    • Shayne Gostisbehere - 11 GP, 1 G, 7 A, 8 P
    • Brian Elliott - 7 GP, 4-0-2, 1.93 GAA, .933 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Michael Raffl will play in his 400th NHL game tonight.

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

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