Philadelphia Flyers (13-14-2) at Ottawa Senators (11-14-5)
|Date & Time||Monday December 9, 2013, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators -131 / Philadelphia Flyers +119 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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Two of the more disappointing teams in the Eastern Conference square off in Ottawa on Monday night as the Flyers head to the Canadian Tire Centre to take on the Senators.
The Flyers have been underachieving for the better part of an entire season as they failed to make the playoffs last year with expectations through the roof and even with this year’s projection tapered a little they are still struggling mightily. The Flyers sit in sixth place in the Metro division and are a game under .500 heading into Ottawa but they have been playing better of late as they have won 6 of their last 10 and their offense is starting to pick up steam. The Flyers had arguably their best game of the year last week in Detroit and even though they were shelled on Saturday against the Stars the Flyers have some confidence heading into Ottawa this evening. Steve Mason continues to get the looks in the Philadelphia crease while Ray Emery remains the backup and barring any changes it should be Mason going up against Craig Anderson tonight.
The Senators will look to improve on their abysmal home ice record when they host the Flyers on Monday and after Saturday’s loss to the Maple Leafs via the shootout the Sens dropped their record to 4-8-3 at the Canadian Tire Centre this season. Ottawa had very low expectations over the past few seasons and somehow made it to the playoffs and even upset the Canadiens in the opening round last year but now that expectations are high the Sens have hit a road block and it will be tough for them to make the playoffs this season. Despite playing well against the Leafs I think this is a terrible spot for Ottawa especially if Craig Anderson gets the nod as the Flyers are starting to play a lot better and I think Ottawa’s effort on Saturday was more a product of circumstance. Take the Flyers on the road here.