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Flyers Gameday: 3/2/24 vs OTT, Flyers-Caps Wrap, Phantoms Update

March 2, 2024, 3:19 PM ET [120 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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86 Joel Farabee - 21 Scott Laughton - 71 Tyson Foerster
74 Owen Tippett - 48 Morgan Frost - 10 Bobby Brink
27 Noah Cates - 25 Ryan Poehling - 19 Garnet Hathaway
44 Nicolas Deslauriers- 14 Sean Couturier - 89 Cam Atkinson

8 Cam York - 6 Travis Sanheim
24 Nick Seeler - 26 Sean Walker
5 Egor Zamula - 18 Marc Staal

32 Felix Sandström
[33 Samuel Ersson]

Game 62 Preview: Flyers vs. Senators

The Philadelphia Flyers (31-23-7) return home on Saturday to take on the Ottawa Senators (25-30-3). Game time at the Wells Fargo Center is 7:00 p.m. ET.

The Flyers come into this game off a 5-2 road loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday.
Philly took a 2-0 lead to the first intermission, and then struggled the rest of the way. The Capitals scored three unanswered goals in the second period and two more in the third. In a losing cause, Owen Tippett had a power play goal and an assist. Bobby Brink (benched from late in the second period until the end of the game) scored the game's first goal. Morgan Frost collected two assists. Samuel Ersson saw just 21 shots, stopping 16.

For an in-depth breakdown of what happened on Friday, see the Postgame 5 on PhiladelphiaFlyers.com: Click here.

Meanwhile, the Senators are coming off a pretty forgettable Friday night of their own in a 5-3 home loss to an Arizona Coyotes team that entered winless over its previous 14 games. A poor first period could have proven fatal for Ottawa, as they went to intermission trailing 3-1. The Sens rallied to the tie game at 3-3 in the second stanza, but Arizona scored two unanswered goals in the third period.

Neither the Flyers nor Senators will hold a morning skate on Saturday, nor will head coach John Tortorella speak to the media before his postgame availability. However, lineup decisions will be posted prior to warmups and starting combinations will become clear from line rushes in warmups. When available, they will be added to the gameday blog.

For an in-depth game preview with team trends, statistics, matchup keys and more, see today's Five Things on the Flyers' official website.


Phantoms Update

Facing a crucial 3-in-3 gauntlet while pursuing the final Calder Cup playoff spot in the AHL's Atlantic Division, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (22-21-7) were shut out on the road, 3-0, by the Utica Comets on Friday evening as Erik Källgren turned aside all 28 shots he faced.

Justin Dowling (10th goal of the season) gave the Comets a 1-0 lead at 7:11 of the first period. The narrow edge held until the latter stages of the third period when Ryan Schmelzer doubled the advantage with a power play goal (12th) at 15:27. Utica tacked on a Chase Stillman empty net goal (11th, assisted by Schmelzer with 2:15 remaining in regulation. Cal Petersen (17 saves on 19 shots) took the loss.

The Phantoms lineup on Friday was decimated by a combination of injuries and key callups to the NHL. The Phantoms were so in need of bodies that Adam Karashik dressed as a forward.
Zayde Wisdom and Alex Kile were also called back up from the ECHL's Reading Royals. There was nothing wrong with the Phantoms' work ethic in Friday's game. The Phantoms funneled pucks to the net at the other end, looking for screens, deflections and scrambles but couldn't get anything to go.

Lehigh Valley will now return home for divisional games on Saturday against the Bridgeport Islanders (16-29-7) and then the Hershey Bears (41-9-3) on Sunday.

17 Garrett Wilson - 22 Rhett Gardner - 19 Wade Allison
16 J.R. Avon - 56 Jacob Gaucher - 20 Cooper Marody
13 Brendan Furry - 24 Adam Brooks - 27 Samu Tuomaala
14 Zayde Wisdom - 48 Alex Kile - 3 Adam Karashik

6 Emil Andrae - 2 Helge Grans
37 Adam Ginning - 7 Louie Belpedio
98 Victor Mete - 5 Ethan Samson

40 Cal Petersen
[31 Parker Gahagen]
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