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Sunday, January 3rd (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (19-18-3) at Ottawa Senators (21-16-4), 1 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Flyers' current road trip has brought them four wins as well as a memorable contest in the annual Winter Classic. However, after taking a tough loss on New Year's Day, they also hope it can bring them one more victory.

Philadelphia concludes a six-game swing today versus the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place, where the Flyers have lost their last three trips.

The Flyers had dropped four straight and 14 of their last 17 prior to beginning their road trip. They then proceeded to win four games in a row for the first time since a five-game run from October 31-November 12, but that string of victories came to an end at Fenway Park versus Boston on Friday.

Skating at the historic baseball park, Philadelphia suffered a 2-1 overtime setback after the Bruins' Marco Sturm scored on Michael Leighton 1:57 into overtime.

Danny Syvret scored his first NHL goal in his 44th career contest, while Leighton ended with 24 saves for a Flyers club that is two points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"I started getting a little nervous [Thursday] night," said Leighton. "You don't realize how big of a deal it is until you get here and play the game. The ice was a little chippy and there were some bad bounces but it was a great experience here."

Leighton was making his fifth straight start in place of Brian Boucher, who had been taking over the majority of the duties in net with former Ottawa netminder Ray Emery out due to abdominal surgery. However, Boucher has been unable to play due to a lacerated finger.

There is a chance Boucher could return today and he is 1-5-0 with a tie and 3.13 goals-against average versus the Senators. Leighton is 1-1-0 with a 3.03 GAA against them.

The Flyers will try to halt a three-game slide in Ottawa, where they haven't won since November 24, 2007. The clubs have split two meetings this year in Philadelphia.

The Senators won the most recent meeting on December 10 by a 2-0 margin. Brian Elliott made 23 saves in his first shutout of the season, but he has since moved back into a reserve role with Pascal Leclaire having returned from a fractured cheekbone.

Leclaire made his fifth straight start on Thursday, helping his team to a 3-2 shootout victory against the Islanders. He allowed New York's first two skaters to score, but turned aside John Tavares in the third round to clinch the win.

Ryan Shannon, Alex Kovalev and Mike Fisher, meanwhile, all scored in the shootout, while Chris Kelly and Peter Regin scored in regulation. Leclaire made 25 saves in Ottawa's third win in four games.

"We have to play good defensively like we did tonight," said Fisher. "It may not be pretty, but as long as we get it done."

Ottawa, sixth in the East with 46 points, improved to 2-1-0 on a five-game homestand and 15-6-3 overall as the host.

Leclaire is 0-2-0 with a 4.05 GAA versus the Flyers, allowing five goals the last time he faced them, while Elliott is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA against them.

01/03 12:02:50 ET


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