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Flyers Gameday: 3/30/23 @ OTT

March 30, 2023, 3:46 PM ET [267 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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Game 74 Preview: Flyers @ Senators

John Tortorella's Philadelphia Flyers (29-32-12) are in Canada's capital city on Thursday evening to take on D.J. Smith's Ottawa Senators (36-33-5). Game time at the Canadian Tire Centre is 7:00 p.m. EDT.

This is the third and final meeting of the season between the Eastern Conference clubs, and the second game in Ottawa. On November 5 at the Canadian Tire Centre, the Flyers earned a 2-1 victory. Seven nights later at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers dropped a Saturday matinee game by a 4-1 score.

The Flyers bring a six-game point streak (5-0-1) and four-game winning streak into tonight's game after going 5-1-1 on a seven-game homestand. On Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center, center Morgan Frost led the way to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Frost scored two goals, including an artistic goal on a 2-on-1 counterattack after blocking a shot at the other end of the ice. Owen Tippett added an empty-net goal and Felix Sandstrom made 27 saves for his second career NHL win.

Six of the Flyers' final nine games of the 2022-23 season are on the road. The Flyers are 17-16-5 on home ice this season but just 12-16-7 on the road to date. The Senators are 21-13-3 on home ice this season, compared to a 15-20-2 mark on the road. With 77 points and eight games remaining on the schedule, Ottawa is severely on the bubble in the chase for the lower wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

A 3-6-1 record over the last 10 games has made tonight's game against the Flyers into a virtual must-win. Currently situated in the second wildcard spot, the Pittsburgh Penguins are five points ahead of the Senators with the same number of remaining games.

On Monday at the Canadian Tire Centre, the Senators rode an explosion of three power play goals to a vital 5-2 victory over the visiting Florida Panthers. The Senators received power play goals from ex-Flyer Derick Brassard (13th), Alex DeBrincat (24th) and Tim Stützle (36th) as well as tallies by Brady Tkachuk (34th) and Shane Pinto (ENG, 19th).

For an in-depth preview of tonight's game, see Five Things on PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.

POTENTIAL LINEUPS (subject to change)

Flyers

86 Joel Farabee - 48 Morgan Frost - 74 Owen Tippett
22 Brendan Lemieux - 49 Noah Cates - 57 Wade Allison
25 James van Riemsdyk - 13 Kevin Hayes - 20 Kieffer Bellows
44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 21 Scott Laughton - xxxxxxxx

9 Ivan Provorov - 45 Cam York
6 Travis Sanheim - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
24 Nick Seeler - 77 Tony DeAngelo
61 Justin Braun

32 Felix Sandström
[33 Samuel Ersson]

Senators

7 Brady Tkachuk - 18 Tim Stützle - 28 Claude Giroux
12 Alex DeBrincat - 5 7 Shane Pinto - 19 Drake Batherson
61 Derick Brassard - 27 Dylan Gambrell - 21 Mathieu Joseph
38 Patrick Brown - 47 Mark Kastelic - 16 Austin Watson

85 Jake Sanderson - 2 Artem Zub
26 Erik Brannström - 23 Travis Hamonic
43 Tyler Kleven - 5 Nick Holden

40 Mads Sogaard
33 Cam Talbot
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