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Ottawa without three top-six forwards; Patrick will not play for Philadelphia

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

FLYERS (5-4-0) at SENATORS (4-1-4)

7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, NBCSP, NHL.TV


The Game

The Ottawa Senators will be without three top-six forwards against the Philadelphia Flyers at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

Center Kyle Turris (illness) will not play against the Flyers or at the New Jersey Devils on Friday, coach Guy Boucher said. Bobby Ryan (fractured finger) and Zack Smith (upper body) are also out. The Senators called up forwards Filip Chlapik and Jack Rodewald from Belleville of the American Hockey League. Chlapik will play his first game in the NHL.

Boucher said one of his defensemen is a game-time decision but refused to say which one. If he can play, the Senators will dress seven defensemen and 11 forwards, as they did in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. If not, Rodewald will make his NHL debut.

Center Nolan Patrick will not play for the Flyers. He is day to day with an upper-body injury sustained on a hit by Anaheim Ducks forward Chris Wagner in a 6-2 loss at home Tuesday.

Philadelphia will play four of its next five games on the road, where they are 2-2-0.


Players to watch

Flyers forward Claude Giroux, shifted to left wing from center this season, has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past seven games.

Senators center Derick Brassard has five goals in his past six games. He leads Ottawa with 10 points (six goals, four assists).


They said it

"There's a danger. Every guy that plays in this League can play in this League, right? Whether it's a guy who's been called up or whatever, those guys are going to be champing at the bit." -- Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds on playing the injury-depleted Senators

"We're going to try to bring the road game at home and play our system as much as we can." -- Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau, whose team is 1-1-4 at home but 3-0-0 on the road


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Jordan Weal -- Valtteri Filppula -- Wayne Simmonds

Matt Read -- Jori Lehtera -- Travis Konecny

Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Michael Raffl

Ivan Provorov -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Travis Sanheim -- Robert Hagg

Brandon Manning -- Radko Gudas

Michal Neuvirth

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Dale Weise

Injured: Andrew MacDonald (lower body), Nolan Patrick (upper body)


Senators projected lineup

Ryan Dzingel -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Alexandre Burrows -- Nate Thompson -- Christopher DiDomenico

Max McCormick -- Filip Chlapik

Johnny Oduya -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Fredrik Claesson -- Chris Wideman

Mark Borowiecki

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

Scratched: Jack Rodewald

Injured: Kyle Turris (illness), Bobby Ryan (fractured finger), Zack Smith (upper body), Colin White (left wrist)


Status report

Patrick, the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, left the loss to the Ducks after being checked into the boards early in the second period, but practiced Wednesday and is expected to play.


Stat pack

Neuvirth is 4-1-1 with a 1.85 goals against average and a .939 save percentage in seven career games against the Senators. Gostisbehere has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past six games. … The Senators have been involved in four of the 10 shootouts in the NHL this season. They are 1-3, with all the losses at home.

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