The Philadelphia Flyers have largely struggled early this season, but they enter Thursday's game at Ottawa on a two-game winning streak and their chances of extending that have improved because two key Senators are out. How might NHL odds change?
Ottawa will be without starting goaltender Craig Anderson on Thursday as he has left the team to be with his wife, who is battling cancer and began treatment on Wednesday in New York. Anderson was named the NHL's No. 1 star of last week but perhaps his mind wasn't totally clear on Tuesday as he allowed five goals in a 5-4 loss to Buffalo. Anderson is still an excellent 12-5-1 with a 2.20 goals-against average and .930 save percentage on the season. It's not clear how long Anderson will be away this time.
Mike Condon will start against the Flyers, and Andrew Hammond, who was recalled from Binghamton of the AHL, will be the backup, coach Guy Boucher said. Condon is 2-1-0 with a 1.76 GAA and .943 save percentage this year. But he was shelled for five goals last time out on Nov. 17 at home vs. Nashville.
Also out Thursday is Senators winger Bobby Ryan. He aggravated a hand injury in Tuesday's game against Buffalo. Ryan was initially hurt on Nov. 17 against the Nashville Predators when he took a puck to his hand. He then missed two games. Ryan had 22 goals and 56 points last year but just three goals and eight points thus far in 2016.
Ottawa opened as a -115 favorite at BetOnline for Thursday's game vs. Philly with a total of 5 among NHL betting platforms. The Senators beat the Flyers in Philadelphia 3-2 in shootout on Nov. 15. Erik Karlsson scored the only goal of the shootout. Anderson had 33 saves through overtime and stopped all five Flyers attempts in the tiebreaker. Meanwhile, Philadelphia is just 8-23-5 in its past 36 visits to Ottawa.