Ardsley, New York (PRWEB) April 10, 2013
The Flyers’ playoff prospects were looking bright after their four-game win streak a week ago. However, after suffering two straight 4-1 losses to the Winnipeg Jets and New York Islanders---two teams that they are chasing in the standings---Peter Laviolette’s squad has dug itself a deep hole in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Next up for Philadelphia is a home match-up with the slumping Ottawa Senators on Thursday night, a game that the Flyers can ill-afford to lose. So far this season, the Flyers have been able to feed off the home crowd’s energy to the tune of a 12-5-2 record. For fans who want to be a part of the home ice advantage on Thursday, Whiztix.com is the best place to go for cheap Flyers tickets.
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Because the Flyers haven’t been playing up to their usual standards this year, many affordable tickets are available.Tickets for the Flyers-Senators game start at just $31 on Whiztix, and lower level seats can be found for as low as $65.
Thursday’s game will be the second of three meetings between Ottawa and Philadelphia on the season, with the Flyers winning the first match-up, 2-1, back on March 2nd. The teams will meet again in Ottawa on April 27th to close out the regular season.
Just two weeks ago, the Senators held a 19-9-6 record and looked to have a playoff berth under wraps. However, after dropping five straight games, a spot in the postseason is now far from being a guarantee. The Sens are currently tied with the Islanders for the sixth seed, they lead the eighth-place New York Rangers by two points, and they have a four-point cushion over the Jets and New Jersey Devils.
Even though the Senators may not be in as good of shape as they were two weeks ago, there are a slew of teams below them---the Flyers included---who would love to be in their position. For the Flyers to make the playoffs, they will need to pass the Buffalo Sabres, Jets, and Devils, as well as either the Rangers, Islanders, or Senators. The Flyers are five points behind the Rangers and trail the Islanders and Senators by seven.
With eight of the Philadelphia Flyers’ nine remaining games coming against teams above them in the standings, catapulting into a playoff spot will be an arduous task for sure. On the bright side, however, opportunities are aplenty to make up ground on the teams they are chasing, and it all starts with Thursday’s crucial battle against Ottawa.
Looking at the goaltending match-up, after the Senators traded away Ben Bishop last week, Robin Lehner and Craig Anderson have been splitting time in net. Both have decent numbers on the season, but Anderson has been superb, posting a 1.53 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage.
For the Flyers, it seems likely that Ilya Bryzgalov will be back between the pipes after getting a rare night off against the Islanders on Tuesday. In 36 games this year, Bryzgalov has recorded a 2.88 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage.