The Senators (17-18-1) hope to avoid a third straight loss Saturday and end their recent struggles. They have been outscored 35-15 while losing six of their previous eight following an 8-1-0 stretch from Nov. 18-Dec. 5.
Things get worse after the news that Spezza will be out for 4-6 weeks after injuring his knee during Thursday's 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay. Spezza, who has 19 goals and 25 assists, is Ottawa's leading scorer. The news comes in a bad time as the Sens are srugguling and need more scoring.
"I'm definitely frustrated," he said. "The back's starting to feel better. One thing starts feeling better and this happens. But it's part of the game."
Ottawa allowed three unanswered goals in the third period of Thursday's loss.
"It just seems like the wheels come off in the third period," said Senators defenseman Wade Redden, who missed Ottawa's previous nine games with an upper-body injury. "We give up a goal, which is fine, but then we only get two or three shots. We totally got away from what we need to do to be successful."
Ottawa scored three unanswered goals in its only meeting with the Flyers this season, a 3-2 win in Philadelphia on Nov. 22 in which Redden scored with 20.6 seconds left in overtime. The Flyers won three of four meetings last season.
Ottawa forward Dany Heatley has two goals and three assists while contributing at least one point in his last three games, including his 150th career goal on Thursday. Before this run, Heatley went pointless in a season-high four straight contests.
The dishearted team heads to Phily (8-22-4) who have struggles of their own has dropped a team-record eight straight overall, and is one defeat away from setting a franchise mark with six consecutive losses at home. The Flyers last win at the Wachovia Center came against Columbus on Nov. 24, their only win in 12 home games since Nov. 2.
Philadelphia's 3-10-4 home record is the NHL's worst.
Hopefully the Sens can pull off a much needed win.