Jan 08, 2012; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza celebrates goal scored by defenseman Erik Karlsson (not pictured) against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) in the third period at Scotiabank Place. The Senators defeated the Flyers 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-US PRESSWIRE

Game Day: Ottawa Senators @ Philadelphia Flyers

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

1:00 pm

CBC, Team 1200

7th East (39-28-10)@5th East (45-24-8)

The Ottawa Senators visit the Philadelphia Flyers in their first of a back to back road trip weekend. There has been three meetings between these teams with the Flyers coming out victorious 2/3 times. With Buffalo and Washington both closing in on Ottawa, the Sens know they have to take at least one of the games this weekend.

The Flyers’ leading scorer is none other than Claude Giroux with 86 points (27G 59A). Far behind him is Scott Hartnell with 65 points (39G 26A). Ilya Bryzgalov has been very successful as of late, but his season stats leave much to be desired with a 2.46 GAA along with a .910 SV%. Philadelphia has yet to announce their starter for this match, but it will most likely be Sergei Bobrovsky. The Sens will counter with starter Craig Anderson.

Senators forward Jesse Winchester (concussion) and Peter Regin (shoulder) remain out with injuries. As well, Bobby ButlerZenon Konopka, and Matt Gilroy will likely be healthy scratches. For the Flyers, All Star defenceman Kimmo Timonen remains day to day as does goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jason Spezza, G (OTT) – With a highlight reel assist against Winnipeg, Spezza continues to have a career season. He’ll be relied upon a lot for the Sens to make their final push for the playoffs.

Danny Briere, C (MTL) – Briere has always been a thorn in the Sens side, whether with Buffalo or Philadelphia. Expect him to have a strong game.

 

THINGS TO WATCH FOR

1. Watch Behind You – A Sens loss today may make fans very nervous with Washington and Buffalo continuously winning games as of late.

2. Forever Young  -  Daniel Alfredsson has been Ottawa’s best player the last two games with 4G and 2A in that span.

3. EK65 Still Going For 80 – Erik Karlsson stands at 76 points and is on pace to pass 80 if he can continue his PPG production.

Be sure to check back here on SenShot for a complete recap after the game. GO SENS GO!!!

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