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Philadelphia trying to extend point streak to eight games; Ottawa looking for fourth win in five

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (10-5-3) at SENATORS (7-10-1)

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


The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will try to extend their point streak to eight games when they play the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday.

The Flyers are 5-0-2 in their past seven games, with four of their wins coming in overtime or shootout. They also have played past regulation four straight games.

Goaltender Carter Hart will start for Philadelphia; he is 4-0-1 with a .939 save percentage in his past five starts.

The Senators are 3-1-0 in their past four games and will have forward Logan Brown in the lineup for the first time since Nov. 2 because of a shoulder injury.


Players to watch

Flyers forward Jakub Voracek needs one goal for 200 in the NHL.

Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau has nine points (eight goals, one assist) in his past seven games.


They said it

"[The Senators have] been playing real well 5-on-5. If you look at their game, they're on the positive side. They've scored a couple more goals than we have and they've given up a couple less than we have. So they're a good team that's playing well right now. … We've got a tough matchup and we're going to have to be ready from the start." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault

"What he's got over some of the other guys is right now he's seeing what works for him and that's his transition game. We've talked a lot of the time about the Bruins and how they're the best transition team in hockey, I think anyways, and he's playing much like that, where he steals the puck from you and he gets opportunistic goals. But he's on the right side of the puck, he's not cheating for them, he's not turning it over trying to get offense. He's letting you make the mistake and then he capitalizes." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith on forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau


Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Joel Farabee

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

Carsen Twarynski -- Kevin Hayes -- Jakub Voracek

Andy Andreoff -- Michael Raffl -- Tyler Pitlick

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Chris Stewart, Robert Hagg

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Scott Laughton (broken finger)


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Logan Brown -- Anthony Duclair

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Colin White -- Tyler Ennis

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

Filip Chlapik -- Chris Tierney -- Bobby Ryan

Thomas Chabot -- Nikita Zaitsev

Erik Brannstrom -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo

Anders Nilsson

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Cody Goloubef, Mikkel Boedker

Injured: Scott Sabourin (nose), Artem Anisimov (groin)


Status report

With Nilsson starting Friday, Smith said Anderson will start in goal against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.


Stat pack

Niskanen will play his 900th NHL game. Hayes will play his 400th NHL game.

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