The Philadelphia Flyers will be playing their second game in less than 24 hours on Wednesday night as they visit the Ottawa Senators for the only time this season.
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The Flyers and Senators will play twice more after Wednesday, on Nov. 27 and March 11, but both of those are in Philly.
Ottawa won the 2017-18 season series 2-1 and split the two at home. It was 5-4 Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre in the first overall meeting of last year. Jean-Gabriel Pageau had a goal and two assists, and former Ottawa blueliner Erik Karlsson added two assists. Craig Anderson had 36 saves. The Sens led 3-0 after one period. Michal Neuvirth was in net for Philadelphia.
The other meeting in Ottawa was a 5-3 Flyers victory. Brandon Manning, now with Chicago, had a goal and two assists in being named the No. 1 star. Claude Giroux, the Flyers’ best player, had a goal and assist. Petr Mrazek made 25 saves; he’s now with Carolina. Mike Hoffman had a goal and assist for Ottawa, and he’s now a Florida Panther. Anderson stopped 34 shots. He’s 12-6-3 in 22 career games against Philadelphia with a 2.75 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
The Flyers have won just 10 of their past 39 in Ottawa.
The Flyers (1-2-0) played their home opener vs. San Jose on Tuesday and were routed 8-2, so presumably No. 1 goaltender Brian Elliott will not start again. It should be backup Calvin Pickard – usual No. 2 Neuvirth is out injured. Elliott allowed all eight goals to the Sharks, two more than he surrendered the first two games combined. The Flyers basically left him out to dry because they are playing again Wednesday.
The team recently got some bad news when its big offseason free-agent addition, former Maple Leaf James van Riemsdyk, was ruled out 5-6 weeks with a lower-body injury suffered Saturday against Colorado. JVR had an assist in two games and 36 goals and 18 assists last year with Toronto.
Ottawa (1-1-1) suffered its first regulation loss of the young season on Monday afternoon in Boston, 6-3 – the losing team in all three of the Senators’ games has finished with three goals. Brady Tkachuk made his NHL debut after sitting the first two games of the regular season because of a groin injury and was minus-1 without a point. Anderson started the first two games in net so Mike Condon got his chance Monday and stopped 24 shots.
Ryan Dzingel was a game-time decision due to an undisclosed injury but played and had two goals in being named the No. 3 star. Bobby Ryan had the other goal. Dylan DeMelo added two assists. Ottawa was 1-for-2 on the power play and didn’t allow a Bruins PP goal on three chances.