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Senators seek to end skid in trip to play Flyers

by Adam Kimelman

SENATORS (19-14-6) at FLYERS (17-19-3)


Last 10: Ottawa 4-6-0; Philadelphia 4-4-2

Season series: This is the second of three meetings this season. On March 2, the Flyers beat the Senators 2-1 in Philadelphia.

Big story: The Senators have lost five straight and need a win to regain some confidence and solidify their hold on a playoff spot. The Flyers just need a win, period, to continue what's becoming a difficult climb to the postseason.

Team Scope:

Senators: Despite the Senators losing five in a row, team captain Daniel Alfredsson said Wednesday he's starting to see his team doing the right things again.

"I think the last two games have definitely gone in the right direction," he said. "That's something for us to build on. We feel we're kind of stepping in the right direction from where we weren't playing well for three or four games, and now we're generating more chances."

Despite their rough straits now, Alfredsson said he feels his team remains in a good spot to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"We've worked extremely hard to put ourselves in this position," he said. "I don't think a lot of people believed we could and we have. It's a position you want to be in still. It's not something we fear. It's something we feel we've worked so hard to get to this point, we really want to do everything we can, when we look back after the season, we didn't leave anything to chance or anything behind in terms of effort. That's all you can ask for. That's going to be the key here down the stretch. Nine games left and every game is important."

Flyers: After their 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday, the Flyers admitted they know time is running out for them if they want to make a run at a spot in the playoffs.

"We know where we sit and how big this game was," Scott Hartnell said of his team, which has nine games left in the regular season.

The Flyers have lost two straight in nearly identical fashion -- they scored the game's first goal and then allowed first Winnipeg and then the Islanders to score four straight.

"Any points would have been helpful," Mike Knuble said. "Every day that ticks off the calendar, every game, every point is more valuable than the previous. You have to come up with something. To come up empty-handed the last two games … is not what we need right now."

Who's hot: In three games together, the Senators' all-rookie line of Cory Conacher, Mika Zibanejad and Jakob Silfverberg has combined for six points. … Flyers forward Jakub Voracek scored his 17th goal in 39 games Tuesday, putting him one away from the career-best 18 he had in 78 games last season.

Injury report: Out for the Senators are forwards Jason Spezza (back), Milan Michalek (knee) and Mike Hoffman (upper body), and defensemen Erik Karlsson (Achilles) and Jared Cowen (hip). … The Flyers will be missing forwards Maxime Talbot (leg), Zac Rinaldo (high ankle sprain) and Jody Shelley (hip), and defensemen Braydon Coburn (shoulder), Andrej Meszaros (shoulder) and Nicklas Grossmann (concussion). Center Danny Briere (concussion) is questionable.

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