Philadelphia Flyers (29-18-7, 65pts)
Washington Capitals (36-13-5, 77pts)
at Capital One Arena | Washington, DC
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 1-0-1
All-Time Record: 221gp (115-78-19-9)
PHI - Sean Couturier: 46-pts (13g-33a)
WSH - John Carlson: 65-pts (14g-51a)
1. ROAD READY
The Flyers resume their road schedule, which sees them play four of their next five away from Philadelphia... They have earned points in four straight road games, their best road streak of the season, posting a 2-0-2 record... The Flyers are looking to bounce back after a shutout loss to the Devils on Thursday - they have won their last four games after suffering a loss and own an overall mark of 12-10-2 in games following a loss, including a win in their only game after being shut out.
2. PUT A CAP ON IT
The Caps lead the Metropolitan Division with 77 points and are second in both the Conference and NHL standings, one behind the Bruins for first in the Conference... Washington does lead all NHL teams in number of wins (36) and win percentage (.713)... The Caps are in the midst of a four-game homestand and have won six of their last eight games (6-2-0)... However, they're the only team in an Eastern Conference playoff position that has a better win percentage on the road (20-6-0, .759) than they do at home (16-7-4, .667).
3. THIRD & FIRST
It's the third meeting of the season against the Caps, but first visit to DC in over 10 months... The teams split the season series with both games decided by one goal... Over 70% of the scoring in the series has come in the first period (5 of 7)... The Flyers have not fared well in the nation's capital, dropping three straight and six of their last seven... The Flyers have also not won in regulation against the Caps in DC since exactly five years ago (Feb. 8, 2015) with the Caps going 6-0-2 since that date.
4. US, THEM, US & THEM
US: The Flyers have held their last two opponents to under 20 shots in the game and continue to lead the NHL in fewest shots allowed this season, averaging 28.6 per-game... THEM: Carl Hagelin enters tonight's game with a seven-game point streak, recording seven points (3g-4a) in that stretch... US&THEM: Both teams are in the Top 5 of scoring in the third period - The Caps lead all NHL teams with 77 third-period goals (eight more than the next closest team) while the Flyers are T-4th with 66 goals in the third.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier hasn't gone three straight games without a point in over three months, since Oct. 24-27, which was the only time he did all season... He has also been clutch in games following a loss - he has 10 goals and 29 points in the 24 games which follow a loss... Against the Caps, he has 12 points (2g-10a) in his last 10 games, including five points in his last five games at Capital One Arena.
CAPITALS (LW: #8 - Alex Ovechkin)
Ovechkin seeks to become just the eighth player, and first since Jaromir Jagr in 2013-14, to reach the 700-goal mark - he is two shy with 698... He is third all-time in NHL history in shots (5,483)... Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals (40) becoming the first player this year to record 40 this season... Against the Flyers his 34 goals are second-most against the Flyers (only to Crosby) than any other active player.