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Anderson makes second straight start for Ottawa; Philadelphia seeks seventh win in nine games

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

SENATORS (12-16-1) at FLYERS (16-8-5)



The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will try for their seventh win in nine games when they play the Ottawa Senators at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

The Flyers lost 3-1 to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday but are 6-1-1 in their past eight games, and 7-1-4 in their past 12 games at home.

Ottawa ended a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win at the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. Goalie Craig Anderson is expected to start for the second straight game after missing the previous four because of an undisclosed injury.


Players to watch

Senators forward Tyler Ennis has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past two games.

Flyers goalie Carter Hart is Hart 3-0-1 with a 1.23 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage in his past four games. He's allowed one goal or fewer in regulation in three of the four games.


They said it

"I think it would be great for us to get back on the horse, reinforce some of the good things we did last game and do it in a consistent manner." -- Senators goalie Craig Anderson

"Execution is a bit part of power play. We had some good looks [against the Coyotes] on the power play and I do think that could be a better part of our game. Not getting a lot of opportunities but you're getting two or three per game. If you can make some of those count that's a big difference." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Logan Brown -- Anthony Duclair

Nick Paul -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Artem Anisimov -- Colin White

J.C. Beaudin -- Chris Tierney -- Tyler Ennis

Thomas Chabot -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Nikita Zaitsev

Maxime Lajoie -- Dylan DeMelo

Craig Anderson

Anders Nilsson

Scratched:  Jonathan Davidsson, Mikkel Boedker

Injured: Scott Sabourin (head), Christian Wolanin (upper body), Cody Goloubef (undisclosed)


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Morgan Frost -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Kevin Hayes -- Joel Farabee

James van Riemsdyk -- Mikhail Vorobyev -- Tyler Pitlick

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Justin Braun

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Philippe Myers

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Chris Stewart, Robert Hagg

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Michael Raffl (finger)


Status report

Davidsson was recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League on Friday. He could play in place of Paul, who left the game Wednesday with a neck strain sustained during the first period. Paul practiced in a non-contact jersey Friday. … Goloubef practiced Friday and could play for the first time since Nov. 20. … Ottawa sent defenseman Erik Brannstrom and goalie Magnus Hogberg to the AHL on Thursday. … The Flyers will use six defensemen after going with seven against the Coyotes. Hagg played 8:13 Thursday, fewest among the Philadelphia defensemen, and will sit out. Vorobyev, who was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the AHL on Wednesday, will play.


Stat pack

Tkachuk has six points (four goals, two assists) in four games against the Flyers. … The Flyers are 6-for-48 (12.5 percent) on the power play in their past 15 games. … Voracek has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past seven games.

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