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Neil on the Flyers

Friday, 03.1.2013 / 3:11 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Many of you have probably noticed but it's worth going over. Chris Neil has played a key role this season shutting down opposing top lines alongside Zack Smith and (now) David Dziurzynski. The play of that checking line has been a primary reason why the Sens currently sit second in the NHL in goals against per game at 1.81.

Looking ahead to Saturday, the Flyers are a team with plenty of firepower — they're sixth in the league in goals for per game at 2.91 — but are also prone to lapses in the back end — they're 23rd in the league for goals against per game at 3.00.

As someone who has been a contributor at both ends of the rink this season, Neil weighed in on what the Sens will be facing when they take on the Flyers...

On handling their offence:

They're a skilled team, they have a lot of offence, a lot of skilled players. You have to be aware of who's on the ice and when they're on the ice. Obviously if you're against the other team's top line you have to be able to shut them down, keep it simple and get pucks in deep.

On scoring goals:

We want to get some traffic on Bryzgalov and get pucks to the net. That's how goals are getting scored around the league; we have to get more goals like that. I think we can generate more offence by doing that.

Given the way the Sens like to play the matching game, expect to see a lot of Neil-Smith-Dziurzynski matched up against Philadelphia's top unit of Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. Ottawa has shut down top units for the most part this season and frustrated many of their matchups.

Don't be surprised if there happen to be fireworks between Neil and Hartnell either. They've been known to bother players from time to time.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02