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Road Trip, Stop #5: Philadelphia Flyers in Ottawa for Final Game Against Senators This Season

December 9th, 2013 at 7:28 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

After a 5-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday, the Flyers are in Ottawa tonight on the fifth stop of a six game road trip. This will be the third and final time the Flyers play the Ottawa Senators this season. The Flyers won the previous two meetings with the Senators this season.

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In the first two games the Flyers and Senators have played, the Flyers came out on top by a big margin. In game one, the Flyers shutout the Sens 5-0 in Ottawa and followed up that performance with a 5-2 win in Philadelphia just a week later. Recently, the Senators have been in the loss column at home, losing their last five games in the Canadian Tire Centre. The Flyers are up and down with the amount of goals they score each game, but it seems like they have things going their way when playing the Sens. The Flyers look to complete the sweep and win their final matchup against the Senators this season. The Flyers are going to have some help with one of the hottest goaltenders starting in net for them.


The Flyers will be playing with Steve Mason backing them up in the crease tonight. He is looking to rebound from a poor performance against the Dallas Stars on Saturday where he let in four goals on 26 shots. Ray Emery played the third period to finish out the game, letting only one goal in. 

Mason is 2-0 against the Senators this season. He has a .966 save percentage and has let in an average of one goal per game. In his career, Mason is 5-2-0 against the Sens in seven starts. He has a 1.71 goals against average in those seven games.

For the season, Mason is 10-9-2 in his 21 starts with a .929 save percentage and a 2.26 goals against average. He is 14th in the league in wins, eighth in the league in losses and 16th in the league in overtime losses. His save percentage is 13th best in the league and his goals against average is 16th best in the league.


The Flyers have been without Vinny Lecavalier for the past few games because of back spasms. However, those back spasms turned out to be much worse than was originally thought. 

Vinny Lecavalier to Miss a Month with Back Fracture, Tye McGinn Called Up

After further evaluations, it was determined that Lecavalier has a non-displaced fracture in the lower part of his back. Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren announced on Sunday that Lecavalier will be out of action for at least three or four weeks, maybe longer.

With Lecavalier out of action for the next few weeks, the Flyers have recalled Tye McGinn from the Adirondack Phantoms.

Kimmo Timonen is another Flyers who was recently injured. He is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury that he suffered on Saturday in the second period against the Stars.

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Tags: Hockey, Kimmo Timonen, NHL, Ottawa, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Flyers, Senators, Steve Mason, Vinny Lecavalier

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