NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, February 26th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (33-15-11-5) at Ottawa Senators (34-16-8-5), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of teams battling for the top spot in the Eastern
Conference take to the ice tonight, as the Ottawa Senators welcome the
Philadelphia Flyers to the Corel Centre.
Philadelphia has 82 points and holds a one-point edge over the Senators for
first place in the East. Ottawa is also just one ahead of Toronto atop the
Northeast Division, while the Flyers hold a four-point lead over New Jersey in
On Tuesday, Alexei Zhamnov scored against his old team and Sean Burke made 27
saves, as the Flyers downed the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-1, at the Wachovia
Center. Zhamnov was traded from Chicago last week in exchange for defenseman
Jim Vandermeer and draft picks.
Tony Amonte, also a former Blackhawk, tallied his 17th goal for the Flyers,
who won their second straight after a three-game skid. Claude Lapointe added
an empty-net tally in the victory.
With an assist on Lapointe's goal, Flyer Mark Recchi extended his point-
scoring streak to six games.
On the injury front, the Flyers are still without All-Star centers Keith
Primeau and Jeremy Roenick. Both players are out indefinitely after suffering
The Flyers, who are 6-1-1 in their last eight tests as the visitor, begin a
tough three-game road trip tonight. They also travel to Boston and Detroit
during the swing.
Ottawa, meanwhile, was knocked off by the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell
Centre on Tuesday. Steve Begin scored the game-winning goal with 40 seconds
left in regulation, lifting the Habs to the 4-2 win.
Patrick Lalime stopped 23 shots for Ottawa, which had its two-game winning
streak snapped. Martin Havlat and Mike Fisher added goals in the setback.
The Sens will finish a brief home set Saturday against Buffalo.
The Senators have dominated this series recently, going unbeaten in the last
four regular season matchups (2-0-2). The Sens, who knocked Philly out in the
second round last spring, won the lone meeting of this season by a 4-1 mark at
the Corel Center and are also 2-0-2 in the last four matchups in Canada's
02/26 10:16:23 ET