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Gameday Journal: Game 82 - Flyers vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

11:30 PM: Not sure what the Flyers projected line-up will be but here's ours...

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11:00 AM: We caught up with Bobby Ryan to talk about today's "win and you're in" game in Philly...

On the team's mentality for today's game:

It's really like the rest of the games have been for us, you've got to look at it like must win, right? There are still opportunities for teams to knock us out so anything less than 2 points is unacceptable in our eyes.

On being able to clinch a playoff spot with just a single point:

Thinking like that, then you can be caught sitting back and they'll start coming in waves and that can be as dangerous as anything especially with a run and gun team. When we get out there we'll approach it the same way we approached New York and try not to give them any opportunities in transition.

On controlling their own destiny:

We've said it all along that if we just take care of our own ice and get our points the rest will fall in to place. It didn't seem like it was going to for a lot of it but we held on to that mindset and that belief and finally there's an opportunity to truly control our own destiny.

10:00 AM: This is the Pre-Game Report we've all been waiting for: Game 82 and a playoff berth is on the line. Here's the rundown on today's matinee in Philly....

9:15 AM: Sens netminder Andrew Hammond spoke about the magnitude of today's game against the Flyers...

On if controlling their own playoff fate changes the team's approach:

It was just something that we've know for a little while now, that we just had to keep winning out. As much as that does help us, I think we just need to keep our focus on making sure that we're prepared to win tomorrow night. Having control over our own destiny is nice but I don't think that changes much about our approach.

On being able to finally clinch a playoff spot:

It's win one game and you're in. We can't ask for much more at this stage.

On the season coming down to one game:

I'm not looking at today's game any different than I have any of the other games. I feel like they've all been must win to an extent to get us in to the playoffs and realistically not much changes tomorrow night. The approach I've taken has gotten me this far and I don't see that changing.

On keeping everything on an even keel:

Whether we're winning or losing you try and just stay even-keeled. I think with that you'll have your best chance at success. That's what I learned through my career.

8:45 AM: Sens forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau speaks with media before today's game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center....

8:30 AM: We caught up with Sens winger Mark Stone for a few quick questions ahead of this afternoon's game in Philadelphia...

On not being complacent against the Flyers:

We just want to win the hockey game. We're going to have the same mindset that we've had in the last number of games. We just need to win and for us it's about coming in here and playing the same way and finding a way to get the 2 points.

On this game being the "light at the end of the tunnel":

It's nice to finally control what you want to control and for us that's a playoff spot. We're excited and we're definitely proud of where we are but we need to find a way to win the game today, I can't stress that enough.

On Canadian Tire Centre being open for fans to watch the game:

That's pretty cool. They've been behind us all year...even through our tough patches. They've really shown a lot of trust in us and I think they're proud of what we've done too.

5:30 PM (Friday): With a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the line, the Ottawa Senators gear up for a matinee in Philadelphia against the Flyers. Puck drop is set for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Sens are fresh off a 3-0 win against the Rangers in New York on Thursday night. Goals from Clarke MacArthur, Kyle Turris and Jean-Gabriel Pageau combined with 26 saves from Andrew Hammond were enough to move the Sens into a playoff spot going in to the final day of the regular season. With a win or an overtime or shootout loss, the Sens will punch their ticket to the post-season for the first time since 2013. The Senators' record sits at 42-26-13.

Sens TV has some post-practice comments from head coach Dave Cameron earlier today where he indicated that his line-up for tomorrow would likely remain the same. Watch the coach's availability in it's entirety here...

We've also got scrums with Bobby Ryan, Andrew Hammond and David Legwand as the team prepares for tomorrow's game at the Wells Fargo Center. You can watch them all here.

The Flyers host the Sens after falling to the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Thursday night. Sean Couturier scored for the lone goal for the Flyers while Ray Emery made 24 saves in defeat. Philadelphia has been eliminated from playoff contention and enter their last game of the season with a record of 33-30-18.

These teams most recently met back on March 15th in Ottawa with the Sens earning a 2-1 shootout victory. You can watch the full highlights from that game here...

I'll have plenty of updates leading up to puck drop tomorrow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts, Sens TV videos, Instagram goodness and more.

Stay tuned!

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