Flyers Rookie Goaltender Carter Hart has been on the sidelines since February 22 with a lower-body injury. He is now healthy and there is some talk he could get the start Monday versus the Senators.
While the Senators have packed it in for the season, the same cannot be said about the Philadelphia Flyers. They are within striking distance to make a push for a Wildcard spot, and might get a boost from a player that gave them a boost earlier this season. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, rookie Carter Hart is expected to make his first start in just under a month on Monday evening.
Senators vs Flyers Betting Analysis
This is the third game of the regular season between these two teams. Earlier in the year, the Flyers knocked off the Sens 7-4 back in October, with the Sens returning the favour on November with a 4-3 overtime win.
The favourite in this head-to-head series is 12-4 in the last 16 games. But, in the last four games the road team is a perfect 4-0. The over is also 5-0 in the last five games when these two teams meet, and overall the Flyers have played five consecutive overs at home.
The Senators are a shaky 6-14-1 against the Metropolitan division this season, while the Flyers are more respectable 10-8-2 against the Atlantic division.
The Ottawa Senators have been the NHL’s version of a dumpster fire this season, and it will only continue with 14 games left in the year. Entering this game with the Flyers, Ottawa is 1-8-1 in their last 10 games, and riding a three game losing streak.
Saturday night was just another example as they held a 2-1 lead early in the 3rd period but watched it disappear, and then with 45 seconds left in the game gave up the game winning goal and lost it 3-2.
The team’s new first line of Brady Tkachuk, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Anthony Duclair combined for two goals and an assist in the loss. Tkachuk’s 16 goals is tops on the team. He’s has had a good rookie campaign while watching the franchise dismantle itself at the trade deadline.
Of note, the Senators have a 9-24-2 road record this season. There nine road wins is second last only to New Jersey’s eight wins on the road this year.
The Flyers are still fighting for their playoff lives entering this game with the Senators. Coming into action on Sunday, the Flyers are five points back of the second Wildcard spot in the Eastern conference. The club is also 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and have been playing well.
The Flyers are coming off a 5-2 win over the Islanders Saturday. In that game, they got solid contributions from two players that they recently welcomed back from injury. Jakub Voracek (two assists) and Nolan Patrick (one goal) were keys in the win. Speaking of Voracek, he was assessed a five-minute major for his hit on Johnny Boychuk and had a hearing with the NHL’s safety department Sunday where he was given a two-game suspension. He will serve game one of it Monday versus Ottawa. Ivan Provorov and Travis Sanheim were an impressive plus-four in the game.
Flyers Goaltender Carter Hart has missed the last seven games due to injury. Head Coach Scott Gordon told reporters Saturday that Hart was now healthy and needs more practice. Hart had been nursing a lower-body injury believed to be an ankle injury, and this game with the Senators would be an ideal start for the young goalie. He hasn’t played since February 21.