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Senators look to clinch playoff berth against Flyers

by Adam Kimelman

SENATORS (42-26-13) at FLYERS (33-30-18)


PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers will have a different look to their lineup Saturday against the Ottawa Senators (12:30 p.m. ET; SN, RDS2, TSN5, CSN-PH).

The Senators enter the final day of the season holding the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference and need at least one point against the Flyers to clinch their playoff spot. They also can move as high as third in the Atlantic Division with a win and a regulation loss by the Detroit Red Wings.

The Senators still can get into the postseason with a regulation loss but would need help from the Pittsburgh Penguins or Boston Bruins.

The Flyers recalled forward Jason Akeson and defenseman Mark Alt from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Saturday. Akeson will replace forward Vincent Lecavalier, who sustained an upper-body injury in a 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

It's unclear who Alt, who was called up under emergency conditions, would play for.

Alt, 23, made his NHL debut on March 28 against the San Jose Sharks; he had a minus-1 rating in 9:25 of ice time, and was returned to the AHL after the game. In 39 AHL games, Alt has two goals and six assists.

Akeson started the season with the Flyers but after going 12 games without a point was sent to the AHL. He led Lehigh Valley with 22 goals this season.

Here are the projected lineups:


Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman - Mika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan

Erik Condra - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Curtis Lazar

Zack Smith - David Legwand - Alex Chiasson

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Patrick Wiercioch - Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki - Eric Gryba

Andrew Hammond

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Colin Greening, Jared Cowen

Injured: Robin Lehner (concussion), Chris Phillips (back), Chris Neil (thumb), Milan Michalek (upper body), Matt Puempel (ankle)


Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek

Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Brayden Schenn

Zac Rinaldo - Nick Cousins - Ryan White

Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Jason Akeson

Nicklas Grossmann - Mark Streit

Nick Schultz - Michael Del Zotto

Carlo Colaiacovo - Brandon Manning

Steve Mason

Ray Emery

Scratched: Mark Alt

Injured: Luke Schenn (lower body), Radko Gudas (knee), Andrew MacDonald (upper body), Wayne Simmonds (lower body), R.J. Umberger (hip/abdomen), Vincent Lecavalier (upper body)

Status report: Hammond is expected to start his seventh straight game. ... Mason returns in goal for the Flyers after Emery started Thursday against Carolina.

Who's hot: Hammond is 5-0-1 with a .941 save percentage in his past six games. ... Voracek has 14 points in his past 12 games. He has 81 points on the season, three behind the New York Islanders' John Tavares and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the League lead. The Flyers never have had an Art Ross Trophy winner.


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