NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, March 5th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (35-17-9-5) at Philadelphia Flyers (34-16-12-6), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The battle for the top seed in the Eastern Conference hits
Philadelphia tonight when the Flyers welcome the Ottawa Senators to the
Philadelphia, holding 86 points, is tied with Tampa Bay and Toronto for the
East lead -- two ahead of Ottawa and Boston.
The Flyers are coming off Wednesday's 5-2 victory over visiting Nashville. Kim
Johnsson had two goals and an assist to lead the way. Tony Amonte chipped in a
goal and a pair of assists, as the Flyers put the brakes on a three-game
winless streak (1-1-1-1).
Alexei Zhamnov had a goal and an assist and Sami Kapanen added an empty-netter
for Philadelphia, which has won six of its last eight at home. Zhamnov has
three goals and four assists since coming to the Flyers via trade from
Robert Esche was solid in net with 22 saves on 24 shots in his second start
since returning from a knee injury.
Philadelphia, which is 21-7-2-3 on its ice this season, will visit Washington
Ottawa, meanwhile, is 1-2-1 in its last four games, including Wednesday's 4-3
loss in Buffalo in the back end of a home-and-home. The Sens had trounced the
Sabres, 7-1, last Saturday.
In Wednesday's contest, Patrick Lalime stopped 23 shots for Ottawa, which is
only 2-4-1 in its last seven road games. Daniel Alfredsson scored twice and
Marian Hossa added a tally in the setback. Hossa extended his point streak to
six games (3g, 4a).
Peter Bondra had a golden opportunity to get the equalizer for Ottawa with
under a minute remaining. Sabres goalie Martin Biron, though, made a sprawling
glove save at the doorstep to preserve the win. Bondra has two goals in seven
games since being obtained from Washington.
Ottawa winger Martin Havlat missed his second straight game after being
suspended for a high-sticking incident against the Flyers' Mark Recchi in a
1-1 tie last Thursday. Despite having missed a couple practices with an
illness, the Czech forward is expected to be in the lineup tonight.
The Senators will host Nashville on Saturday before embarking on a five-game
road trip Monday in Washington.
Ottawa is 1-0-1 against Philly this season, and 2-0-3 in the last five non-
playoff meetings. The Sens have also eliminated the Flyers from the postseason
in each of the last two years.
03/05 10:26:29 ET