The Senators this week

The reconstituted Flyers, who finally might have a goalie in Ilya Bryzgalov, are one of the teams to beat in the Eastern Conference this season.

The Senators this week
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

THE SENATORS THIS WEEK

Tuesday, Philadelphia at Ottawa, 7: 30 p.m., Scotiabank Place. TV: Sportsnet, TVA-Sports. Radio: Team 1200, CKOI, 104.7 FM

The reconstituted Flyers, who finally might have a goalie in Ilya Bryzgalov, are one of the teams to beat in the Eastern Conference this season. It’s a puzzle why they signed 39-year-old Jaromir Jagr, but it’s their money. However, it’s always fun to watch Hearst’s Claude Giroux, once of the Gatineau Olympiques. He’s poised to hit superstar status and it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Terry Murray’s Kings handed the Flyers their first loss on Saturday, 3-2.

Thursday, Winnipeg at Ottawa, 7: 30 p.m., Scotiabank Place. TV: Sportsnet Sens, TVA-Sports. Radio: Team 1200, CKOI, 104.7 FM

The last time the Jets played in Ottawa was on Nov. 22, 1995, at the Civic Centre. Scotiabank Place was still more than a month away from opening. The Jets won that game 3-1. The Jets also won a Feb. 8, 1996, game in Winnipeg, 6-2. This will be a tough turnaround for the Jets. The night before they’ll be in Toronto for a game against the Maple Leafs. After Phoenix’s 4-2 win on Saturday, the Jets are 0-3-0. That Atlanta Thrasher blood runs deep.

Saturday, Columbus at Ottawa, 7: 30 p.m., Scotiabank Place. TV: CBC. Radio: Team 1200, CKOI, 104.7 FM

It’s shaping up to be another tough year in the Ohio capital and you have to wonder how long the Blue Jackets can hang around there. How their huge Jeff Carter gamble pays off may be the answer to that question. One year after signing Carter to an 11-year, $58-million U.S. contract, the Flyers traded him to the Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek, a 2011 first-round pick and a 2011 third-round pick. With Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Dallas, Columbus is 3-16-8 – with one regulation win – in its last 27 games, including 0-4-1 this season.

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