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BLACK AND BLUE REPORT
- FLYERS: Todd Fedoruk (facial fractures), could play.
- SENATORS: D Karel Rachunek (bruised knee), could play ... C Mike Fisher (elbow), out 2-3 weeks.
Senators coach Jacques Martin said D Karel Rachunek, who dropped to block a shot Saturday night against the Leafs and took it off the top of the knee, would be a game-time decision ... The Senators recalled W Antoine Vermette from Binghamton yesterday ... The Senators have now been outscored 19-17 in first periods this season. They have outscored the opposition 32-18 in the second and 19-14 in the third ... The Flyers, the league's first-place team, have outscored the opposition 23-10 in the first period. That doesn't shape up as a good combination for the Senators, does it? ... F Todd Fedoruk is expected to rejoin the Flyers for tonight's game. He's spent the last couple of games in the minors after getting his face crunched in a fight with Islanders D Eric Cairns on Nov. 11. Fedoruk needed three plates and 13 screws to repair four fractures in his cheek and orbital bone. Fedoruk will have to wear a shield for up to a month ... LW John LeClair picked up his 600th point as a Flyer in Saturday night's 5-1 win over the Islanders. He is one point behind Rod Brind'Amour for seventh on the Flyers' all-time list ... The Flyers have eight power-play goals in their last seven games ... The line of Jeremy Roenick-Tony Amonte-Mark Recchi has combined for 25 goals and 59 points in Philly's last 19 games ... The 2-1 loss to the Leafs Saturday night was the Senators' ninth one-goal game this season. The Senators, who were 16-12 in one-goal games last year, are 0-9 this season.
The sens need to win these crucial interconference games if they want any chance in finishing in the top four. Philly is on a unbeaten streak right now and might be reeling their back-to-back playoff losses against the Sens.
I'll refrain from any prediction but I will predict that the sens would score the first goal for a change!!
I have a feeling Lalime is going to step up big time tonight. Looks to be like a good game. Philly's clearly a better team than last year, so all the playoff games mean nothing. This game seems like a key game, so the sens should come out flying (no pun intended), especially since they've had a lot of success against philly.
-Lalime gets a star
-Rachunek plays but is slowed by his knee
-Volchenkov scores a hatrick
This game seems like a key game, so the Sens should come out flying... especially since they've had a lot of REGULAR SEASON success against TORONTO
I am sure a lot of people were saying the same thing with regards to the Leafs on Saturday.
I think we might as well spot the Flyers the 1-0 lead and get on with it from there.
For some reason I get the feeling that after the management meeting between Martin, Mucks, Mlakar and Melnyk (The four M-igos?) the next two games will be defining moments in the direction of the team this year.
A couple of losses and the shakeup happens. A couple of wins and the knives go back in the drawer for a while.
What a great pk the flyers have. Luckily the Sens are able to move that puck around quickly.
sens were working hard. As often happens, they got lucky breaks. Passes looked a lot crisper, more confident and more attacking than that horrible leafs game.
It was a line balance thing. Hossas line was scoring, alfies line was scoring, its taken until now for Havlat to get going. The triple threat is back. But Havlat was with Bonk, and Hossa with Spezza. Havlat and Spezza really seem to work in those pairs
Nice to see Volchenkov back. Not just the goal, but his whole game looked more NHL like again.
Nice to see Chara talking to Primeau too.
One day soon, we may be aghast at how we were once contemplating using Prusek as a throw-in to get a 3rd liner.
Spezza made some nice plays, but Bonk is grittier. Im trying to remember a Spezza bodycheck I've seen. Am I just missing them? I think he may still be too young to be leaned on heavily in the playoffs.
That was vintage sens. The new line combos were great IMO, and Prusek's play was stellar. It was nice to see the team defence back in play for a change, it could still be a little better but it is on the way back. I thought Volchenkov had his best game of the season, not because of the goal but his overal play was there and he was quite physical. Hopefully we can run off a few now, we seem to play better against better comp. and with TB, NJ and Bos coming up it is a real test.