Game 30 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Ottawa Senators

Photo by Amy Irvin

Here is your Philadelphia Flyers Gameday FAQ for Monday, December 9, 2013.


When and where are the Flyers playing?
The Philadelphia Flyers (13-14-2) look to bounce back from their thumping at the hands of the Dallas Stars in Ottawa as they take on the Senators (11-14-5) at 7:30pm in the Canadian Tire Centre.


Are you sure that the Canadian Tire Centre is an actual hockey arena and not a body shop?

I’m fairly confident that the Flyers and Senators will not be playing in front of assorted mechanics and bored people with broken cars. Okay, those people might be in attendance, but they won’t be the ONLY people in attendance.


How can I watch this game?

This game will be shown on The Comcast Network (TCNP) locally. Yes, if you have Fios, you have The Comcast Network, it’s just in lousy standard definition only on channel 99. If you’re north of the wall, you can find the game on RDS and RSNE.

The game will also be broadcast on 93.3 WMMR for those who prefer the smooth sounds of Tim Saunders and Chris Therien.


Who do I have to look forward to seeing in orange and black?

Vinny Lecavalier is out of the lineup for a bit and Tye McGinn is back from Adirondack. The lines should come together like this:


Scott Hartnell – Claude Giroux – Jakub Voracek
Michael Raffl –Brayden Schenn – Wayne Simmonds
Matt Read – Sean Couturier – Steve Downie
Zac Rinaldo – Adam Hall – Jay Rosehill


Kimmo Timonen – Braydon Coburn
Mark Streit – Nicklas Grossmann
Luke Schenn – Andrej Meszaros


Steve Mason will be in net for the Flyers in this one, looking to bounce back after being pulled from Saturday’s game against the Stars (even though that was really due to the defense).


Who do I have to look forward to booing?

The Senators lineup is projected to look like this:


Clarke MacArthur – Jason Spezza – Erik Condra
Milan Michalek – Kyle Turris – Cherry Hill’s Bobby Ryan™
Colin Greening – Zack Smith – Chris Neil
Matt Kassian – Mika Zibanejad – Cory Conacher


Marc Methot – Erik Karlsson
Chris Phillips – Joe Corvo
Eric Gryba – Patrick Wiercioch


Craig Anderson will be in net for the Senators, sporting a record of 7-8-3, 3.38 GAA, and .897 save percentage.

The top Senator to watch out for? Erik Karlsson. He’s got 28 points in 30 games as a defenseman, yowza. Bobby Ryan is hot on his heels at 26 points, and that Jason Spezza guy isn’t exactly a slouch.


Anything else I need to know?

This is the Flyers’ 3rd and final meeting with the Ottawa Senators, and the orange and black are looking to go 3-0 on the season against the black and red.

It’s also possibly the final time that we have to hear about Bobby Ryan and Cherry Hill, NJ this season. Look, I have nothing against Bobby Ryan, I have nothing against Cherry Hill. He is a fine player and it is a fine town. But, we get it. The guy is from our area and plays professional ice hockey. Hooray. Let’s grab a brew and call it a day. Go Flyers.