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Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 18 — Flyers vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

4:45 PM: Gord Wilson gets you set for puck drop with the best Sens game preview in the business.

4:10 PM: Today's Gameday Goodie talks to the NHL's first star of the week, Robin Lehner. Here's what The Lehner had to say...

3:30 PM: Sens TV caught up with Kyle Turris ahead of tonight's game with the Flyers. Here is what he had to say...

3:10 PM: Craig Anderson gets the start in goal tonight for the Sens. In 12 career games he has a 7-3-1 record against the Flyers with a 2.71 GAA and a .921 save percentage. This will be his first start since being stretchered off the ice against the Dallas Stars a little over a week ago.

Here's what he had to say about the return...

On tonight's game:

It'll be fun. I spent a good week in practice, trying to get back to feeling pretty good. I think that's when you're out and practicing that's all you can really do is work extra hard and make sure you're ready when you're called upon.

On his start to the season:

I believe the individual's results are a direct result of how the team is doing. If the team is having success and doing well and winning games, usually all of the individuals are taken care of. As far as one guy can be playing but if the team is not winning it doesn't really do anybody any good. Everybody benefits by winning and that's the objective here and lately we've been winning so everybody has kind of gotten on that train and had some success.

On if he is playing as well as last year:

Obviously there's games you make big saves and steal a couple of wins, that happens over the course of the year. Nothing really changed from then until now, sometimes you need a little bit of luck to get those bounces. Through the course of the year it just seems like bounces aren't going our way or it ends up hitting our stick and goes in or whatever. There has just been those bounces that didn't happen last year so it's one of those things where you go out, put your best effort, give your team a chance to win and you don't really worry about individual statistics.

On the Flyers physical style:

It's always going to be physical, it's just the way this game is. If you're not ready for that you sit down and you don't come back. It's in the job description to go out there and battle in front and be in those battles. I signed up for it, I want to be there and I want to be part of that. It can be fun too.

2:20 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Sens and Flyers...

Ottawa Senators


Michalek - Spezza - Conacher

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan

Greening - Smith - Neil

Kassian - Grant - Zibanejad


Cowen - Karlsson

Methot - Borowiecki

Wiercioch - Corvo




Philadelphia Flyers


Hartnell - Giroux - Voracek

Schenn - Lecavalier - Simmonds

Read - Couturier - Downie

Rinaldo - Hall - Rosehill


Timonen - Coburn

Grossmann - Streit

Schenn - Gustafsson




1:30 PM: Here's what Paul MacLean had to say on tonight's game against the Flyers...

On Chris Phillips:

He's a game time decision. He has an issue that we're getting sorted out and we will see tonight if he's able to go or not…It's an injury, yeah. I think it has been the wear and tear of playing is all.

On Bobby Ryan:

We expected him to bring 400 games of experience, his ability to score goals obviously was something we expected as well, but the big part was — we have a lot of guys who have play 800 or 1,000 games and we have a lot of guys who have played under 200 games. We didn't have a lot of guys in that 400 range, so what Bobby and Clarke MacArthur has brought to our team is some experience in the 400 game range where those 200 game guys can look up and say "Oh, he has played 400 games and he plays like that" rather than looking at the 1,000 game guy. They've given us a bit of an in-between mentor type of deal. One thing we didn't expect from Bobby was to be as good a distributor of the puck as he has been.

On the Flyers:

We should be scared to death is what we should be. They're a very dangerous team. Every time we play them it's a dangerous game, it's a difficult game and it's not exactly — we've won, had some success, we've won three in a row, we have points in five games but there's still lots of things we have to do in our game to be better and that's the challenge for us is to come here again tonight and get better again. We have to get better than we are as well, we know we have a difficult opponent. We were as desperate or we are as desperate as that team is. It's not that long ago we weren't playing particularly well so we need to play with that desperation to get better as well.

On the lineup if Phillips doesn't play:

Yes (Corvo is in), Gryba will be out if Phillips doesn't play.

11:00 AM: The Sens are heading off the ice after their morning skate here at Canadian Tire Centre...

9:45 AM: The Ottawa Senators will look to make it four wins in a row tonight when they host the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Sens are coming off of wins over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens and Florida Panthers and are 3-0-2 to start the month of November. Tonight will mark the third game of a five game homestand.

The Flyers have had a difficult start to their season and are currently occupying the basement of the Metropolitan division with a 5-10-1 record. They are 2-3-1 away from home to this point in the season.

The Sens will hit the ice at 10:15 AM for their morning skate and I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts on tonight's game, Sens TV updates, Instagram goodness and more.

Stay tuned!

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