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Game Day Notes: Sens @ Flyers

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We've got details on the Sens' projected line-up, starting goaltender and more as the boys close out their current 4-game road trip against the Flyers tonight at 7 p.m.

Projected Line-up

No line-up changes are expected for the Senators and they'll roll with the same personnel as last night's game against the Rangers. Sens head coach Guy Boucher was encouraged by his team's defensive play yesterday in New York and believes that the Flyers bring a lot of the same strengths as last night's opponent.

"It's a bit of a copycat of the Rangers to be honest with you," said Boucher about Philadelphia. "They're very similar in the way that they play. They like to make wide plays: on breakouts, on entries and in the offensive zone. They've got some high-end players and their top line is really difficult to play against."

Video: Sens vs. Flyers - Coach Pregame

For the Flyers, Claude Giroux leads the Flyers offensively with 28 points (8G, 20A) in 23 games played this season while Anthony Stolarz will make his first start of the season in goal for Philadelphia.

Max McCormick and Mark Borowiecki will once again be the Sens extra skaters tonight. Here's a look at the Sens' projected line-up against the Flyers:

Pyatt - Duchene - Batherson 

Tkachuk - White - Stone 

Dzingel - Smith - Ryan 

Boedker - Tierney - Paajarvi 

 

Chabot - DeMelo 

Lajoie - Ceci

Jaros - Harpur

 

In Goal

Mike McKenna (0-1-0) gets the start in net tonight for the Senators in the second half of back-to-back games to close out their 4-game road trip. Craig Anderson has been a workhorse for the Sens in 2018-19 with appearances in 22 of Ottawa's 24 games this season and the coach had targeted tonight's game as an opportunity for so much deserved rest.

"Let's say he only had 22 shots against last night and he comes to me and says 'I want that game' then I would have put some thought into it," Boucher said the decision to rest Anderson. "I probably would have said no anyways. He wants to help but there's a time where you have to be smart."

This will mark McKenna's second start of the year but he has come in in relief of Anderson on 3 occasions this season.

Tweet from @Senators: The coach confirms that Mike McKenna will get the start in goal tonight against the Flyers. pic.twitter.com/Ecesy4V2vd

 

Previous Meeting

These teams last met in Ottawa back on October 10th where the Flyers managed to leave the nation's capital with a 7-4 victory. Brady Tkachuk and Max Lajoie each had 2 goals and an assist in defeat while Craig Anderson was peppered with 44 shots against.

"We're scoring plenty," Anderson said following the game. "I think we just need to trust that we're going to get the three goals that we need - three or four goals, whatever it might be that night - and just try to buckle down a little bit better."

Video: OTT Recap: Tkachuk scores first two NHL goals in loss

 

Where to Watch

It's a 7 p.m. start time in Philadelphia so if you're looking for a spot to catch tonight's game be sure to grab a crew and head to Sens House where they'll be serving up tall cans of Molson Canadian for just $6 or a bucket of 3 for $17.50. Click here to make a reservation.

If you're planning on keeping it tonight you can watch all the action from Philly live on TSN5 and RDS2.

 

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