NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 22nd (All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (9-11-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (5-14-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers try to end their latest losing streak tonight when they invite the Ottawa Senators to the Wachovia Center.
Since their first winning streak of the season, the Flyers have fallen to San Jose and Pittsburgh.
On Monday, Philly returned home from a four-game trek and fell, 5-3, to the Penguins at the Wachovia Center. Ryan Whitney had a goal and two assists as the Pens continued their dominance over their intrastate rivals. Pittsburgh has defeated Philadelphia in the first four meetings this season, winning by a combined 20-7 margin.
Antero Niittymaki allowed five goals on 34 shots while Simon Gagne, Geoff Sanderson and Freddy Meyer tallied the goals for the Flyers.
The Flyers dropped to 0-12-1 this season when allowing the first goal of the game.
One bright spot for Philadelphia was its performance on the power play, as the team went 3-for-8. The team is slowly climbing up the power play leaderboard, as it is now 16-for-118 with the man-advantage in 21 games (26th in the NHL).
On the injury front for Philly, captain Peter Forsberg missed Tuesday's practice with back issues that resulted from a hit he took on Monday. According to the team trainer, Forsberg's surgically repaired right foot is rolling inside his skate, and that caused him to lose his balance before the aforementioned check. He is questionable for tonight.
The Flyers, who are 2-6-2 on home ice, will host Columbus on Friday afternoon.
Ottawa, meanwhile, has won its last two games. On Monday, Peter Schaefer had a goal and an assist to lift the Sens to a 5-3 win over visiting Minnesota.
Andrej Meszaros, Chris Kelly, Chris Neil and Daniel Alfredsson also lit the lamp for Ottawa, which has won three of its last four games overall. Ray Emery finished with 42 saves in the win.
Ottawa held on to victory after letting the Wild back into the match after grabbing a 4-0 lead.
Alfredsson (2g, 4a) and Antoine Vermette (2g, 3a) both check in with five-game point streaks intact.
The Sens, who sit fourth in the Northeast Division with 19 points, begin a four-game road trip tonight and will visit Florida on Friday. Ottawa is 5-5-1 on the road.
Philly took three of the four meetings with Ottawa last season, including both played at the Wachovia Center.
11/22 10:09:44 ET