NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, December 23rd
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (17-18-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (8-22-4), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers try once again to put their
longest-ever losing streak behind them as they return home to face the Ottawa
Senators for a Saturday matinee at the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers extended their franchise-worst slide to eight games with Thursday's
4-2 loss at Montreal. Mike Knuble and Jeff Carter had the goals for
Philadelphia, while Antero Niittymaki saved 33 of 37 shots.
Philly was without Peter Forsberg for the second consecutive outing because of
a concussion the star center suffered last Saturday at Washington. Forsberg
has not received medical clearance from team physicians and will likely sit
out tonight's contest as well.
The Flyers have not won since November 30 and have gone even longer without a
victory in their own building. Philadelphia is 0-4-1 at the Wachovia Center
since a 3-2 decision over Columbus on November 24 and owns a woeful 3-10-4
mark on home ice for the season.
Philadelphia has never lost six consecutive home games in franchise history.
Ottawa enters the City of Brotherly Love in a smaller rut, having lost back-
to-back home games against Boston and Tampa Bay during the week. On Thursday,
the Lightning dealt the Senators a 4-2 defeat.
Dany Heatley and Antoine Vermette each had goals for Ottawa and Ray Emery
turned away 26 shots in the loss, the Senators' sixth in eight games. Tampa
Bay finished the contest with a decisive 30-18 advantage in shots.
Ottawa, which currently sits in last place in the competitive Northeast
Division with 35 points, has gone a solid 11-9-1 on the road so far this
Included in that ledger is a 3-2 overtime victory over the Flyers at the
Wachovia Center on November 22. Philadelphia had won three of the last four
meetings between the clubs prior to that loss.
The Senators will be without their top scorer, Jason Spezza, for this
afternoon's game, however. The talented center injured his knee during
Thursday's contest and will be sidelined indefinitely.
12/23 10:19:44 ET