Lehner gets the start against Flyers

Robin Lehner will be in the net Tuesday as the Ottawa Senators aim to put behind them Sunday’s disappointing loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, as well as a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers last Tuesday.

 

PHILADELPHIA – Robin Lehner will be in the net Tuesday as the Ottawa Senators aim to put behind them Sunday’s disappointing loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, as well as a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers last Tuesday.

Lehner, who picked up a win and allowed only one goal in his only previous start at the Wells Fargo Center, says the Senators are “desperate” for a victory.

Coach Paul MacLean will make no other changes, meaning that defencemen Patrick Wiercioch and Joe Corvo, as well as tough guy winger Matt Kassian remain out.

Steve Mason will start in goal for the Flyers, with Ray Emery backing him up.

With Emery choosing to stay quiet on last week’s tweet fight between his girlfriend, Keisha Chante, and Lehner, one of the possible story lines has been put on the backburner.

The Flyers haven’t played at home since defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Nov. 9, a victory which improved their home record to 3-7-0.

They went 2-0-1 on a road trip which took them through Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg.

Now, they’re aiming to put the early season boos from the orange and white clad crowd behind them.

 

Some other (perhaps) useful information to consider for Tuesday’s game:

 

–Philadelphia’s power play is a woeful 3-for-41 at home (7.3 per cent).

–After a 1-4-0 beginning under new coach Craig Berube, the Flyers have since improved to 7-7-2 with the new boss. Philadelphia, however, has a chance to make up serious ground on the three-game homestand, which also includes games against the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres.

–The Flyers have outscored opponents 17-10 in the first period, but have been outscored 20-10 in the third period.

–The Flyers are only four points out of a playoff spot, but they are eighth in the Atlantic Division.

–In last Tuesday’s meeting, the Senators committed 20 turnovers. The Flyers had only five.

 

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