NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 24th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (12-7-2) at Ottawa Senators (16-4-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - If Ottawa wishes to improve on the current best record in
the NHL, it will have to do so without one of its stars. The Senators will
likely be without Daniel Alfredsson tonight when they host the Philadelphia
Flyers at Scotiabank Place.
Alfredsson is expected to miss tonight's game due to a groin injury suffered
in Thursday's 6-5 shootout loss to Pittsburgh. Alfredsson, who had three
assists in the setback, is tied for second in the league with 16 goals and is
a big reason that Ottawa has an NHL-best 33 points this year.
However, the Senators couldn't hold off the Penguins even with Alfredsson, as
Jarkko Ruutu skated in on Ottawa goaltender Martin Gerber in the extra frame,
made a quick fake to the forehand before moving to the backhand and slipping
the puck through Gerber's pads.
Jason Spezza netted a pair of goals for the Senators, who have lost three of
four, and dropped their third game of the year at home (10-2-1). Chris
Phillips, Dany Heatley and Christoph Schubert lit the lamp once each in
Gerber took the loss by also allowing five goals on 25 shots in regulation.
The Flyers will also be trying to rebound from an extra-session loss, as they
fell to Washington, 4-3, in overtime on Friday.
With both teams trying to gain the extra point, Washington's Alexander
Ovechkin picked up the puck inside his own zone and skated down the right wing
into the Philadelphia zone. With two defenders on him, Ovechkin shoveled the
puck over to Nicklas Backstrom, who put the puck into the wide open net to
give the Caps the win.
Daniel Briere, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards tallied for Philadelphia, which
has lost three of its last four. Richards' goal came with just 4:15 left in
regulation to force overtime and was his career-high 12th tally of the season.
Martin Biron made 31 saves in defeat.
Philadelphia will try to improve on its 6-6-0 road mark tonight.
Ottawa won all four of its meetings with Philadelphia last season, and has won
six of the last nine in the series. That includes three straight wins as the
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