Philadelphia Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators - 11/19/13
Ottawa Senators (8-8-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (7-10-2)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -121 / Ottawa Senators +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
It might just be a coincidnce but the Ottawa Senators havent look great since Craig Anderson returned to the lineup. With three straight victories behind Robin Lehner it was curious that Paul MacLean was so quick to get Anderson back in there. It's one thing to want your goaltender to know that you believe in him but it's another thing when you've got a guy sitting on the bench who might deserve to play more than him. Lehner has shown great ability and with his size he's a very intimidating goaltender to play against because there just doesn't look like there's anywhere to shoot the puck. Anderson allowed five goals last week in a 5-0 rout at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers on home ice and allowed four goals in a 4-1 defeat to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday afternoon. Anderson faced just 22 shots against the Blue Jackets but managed to stop just 18 of them. That type of performance isn't going to cut it against anyone in the NHL. Erik Karlsson scored the only goal for Ottawa on day, his seventh of the season coming on the man advantage. At 8-8-4 to start the year the Senators have been a bit of a disappointment with all of the expectations they had coming into the season.
In Philadelphia the Flyers and their fans are glad that they've finally started to play better hockey under new head coach Craig Berube. It took some time for the Flyers to understand how Berube wants them to play but Philadelphia is starting to find some consistency in their game. The Flyers have won three of their last four, losing only on Friday night in a shootout to the Winnipeg Jets. Steve Mason did his best to steal the Flyers a point, stopping 36 shots in the game. Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds scored first period goals for Philadelphia but the offense ran dry after that and Byan Little eventually scored the game winner in the shootout. This still looks like a completely different club than the one we saw earlier in the season however and that's good news for Flyers fans because this club was unwatchable to start. Now they're starting to get some of that Philadelphia snarl and swag back that we've all become familiar with.
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