GAME PREVIEW: OTT vs PHI

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

7:30 pm

SNET-E, Team 1200

15th East (1-4-0)VS  4th East (3-0-1)

 

After an embarrassing 7-1 loss on home ice last week, the Senators headed into the other nation’s capital Saturday looking to have a bounce back game. They played much better and had a solid effort but fell 2-1 to the Washington Capitals. The Senators had control for much of the game and had many scoring opportunities but were ultimately shut down by Vokoun. The Senators now look to break their two game losing streak with a win tonight at Scotiabank Place versus the Philadelphia Flyers.

The biggest story Saturday was Alex Auld getting his first start of the season. He made 24 saves and was solid throughout the game other than one weak goal allowed on the wrap-around, which ended up being enough to stop him from getting the win. Craig Anderson missed practice yesterday due to personal reasons and it appears Auld will get his second straight start. Bobby Butler is still sidelined with a groin injury that may force him onto IR, while Jesse Winchester is still about a week away from seeing any game action. Sergei Gonchar is day-to-day and will not play tonight due to a bruised foot received while blocking a shot in the first period of Saturday’s game.

Players To Watch

OTTAWA- Alex Auld has his first start under his belt and for the most part had a great game. The Senators faithful will look to see if he can keep it up in a second straight game. With Ottawa’s constant goalie controversies, another solid performance by Auld will certainly make for some interesting talk among fans.

PHILADELPHIA- Jaromir Jagr has returned to the NHL and age certainly hasn’t slowed him down so far as he has 3 points in his first 4 games. However they have all been from assists and Jagr will be looking for a chance to get his first goal against the Senators.

Here is the projected Sens line-up for tonight’s game:

Forwards:

Michalek – Da Costa – Alfredsson
Greening – Spezza – Zibanejad
Foligno – Regin – Neil
Smith – Konopka – Condra

Defence:

Phillips – Lee
Kuba – Karlsson
Cowen – Rundblad

Goaltenders:

Auld

Anderson

 The Senators hope to move up from the bottom of the league and earn their second win of the season. It will not be an easy task as the Senators have yet to win a game in regulation, and the opponent, Philadelphia Flyers, have yet to lose in regulation. The defense was at it’s best so far this season during the last game, if that continues and the Sens find a way to finish more of the chances they are creating, the Senators will have a good chance at defeating the Flyers.

Check back here at SenShot for a complete game recap after the game. Enjoy the game and GO SENS GO!!!

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