5 Things: Flyers at Capitals
The top two teams of the Metropolitan Division face off tonight in the nation's capitalby Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / philadelphiaflyers.com
Philadelphia Flyers (38-20-7, 83pts)
Washington Capitals (40-19-6, 86pts)
at Capital One Arena | Washington, DC
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSN | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
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METRO & WILD CARD RACE
M1 - WSH: 86 pts - 17 games left / 1 vs Flyers
M2 - PHI: 83 pts - 17 games left
M3 - PIT: 82 pts - 17 games left / 1 vs Flyers
WC1 - NYI: 78 pts - 17 games left / 1 vs Flyers
WC2 - CBJ: 78 pts - 15 games left
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CAR: 75 pts - 18 games left / 1 vs Flyers
NYR: 74 pts - 16 games left / 1 vs Flyers
FLA: 73 pts - 16 games left
Season Series: 2-0-1
All-Time Record: 222gp (116-78-19-9)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 60-pts (23g-37a)
WSH - John Carlson: 73-pts (15g-58a)
1. RIDING THE METRO
Tonight's game pits the top two teams in the Metropolitan Division within three points of each other (PHI: 83pts | WSH: 86pts)... The Flyers have the best record and winning percentage in the Eastern Conference against the Metro (14-4-4, .727), while the Caps have the worst record against the Metro of any team in an Eastern Conference playoff position (10-11-1, .477)... The Flyers are 6-3-2 on the road in their division, earning points in eight of their last nine (6-1-2), while the Caps are 5-6-1 on home ice against the Metro.
2. UPPER & LOWERCASE
After dropping four straight games in mid-February, the Caps have earned wins in three of their last four games entering tonight... The Flyers are one of the hottest teams in the NHL over the last 10 games, going 8-2-0 and are riding a six-game winning streak - their longest of the season... This is the final meeting of the season between the two clubs with the Flyers earning points in all three games, including wins in the last two meetings... The last time the Flyers went unbeaten in regulation against the Caps in a season series was 2010-11 when they went 2-0-2... The Flyers have also outscored Washington 8-1 in the final two periods of the season series thus far.
3. WHAT'S YOUR GOAL?
The Flyers enter today having scored four or more goals in six straight games for the first time in nearly 15 years (Oct. 27-Jan. 8, 2005) - should they score four or more tonight, it would be just the 10th time in franchise history they have done so with the last time coming 27 years ago (nine games from Jan. 7-24, 1993)... Tonight matches up two of the Top 6 teams in the NHL in goals - the Flyers are 6th with 3.31 goals per-game, while the Caps are 4th in the league with 3.42 goals per-game... It also sees two of the top third-period scoring teams with the Caps leading the NHL in third-period goals (89) and the Flyers ranking third (81).
4. MORE POWER TO YA
The Flyers power play has been the best in the NHL in the last three weeks, operating at 43.5% since Feb. 13... In that span, they have scored a PPG in seven of their last eight games and posted 10 goals on 23 opportunities... They'll play a Washington Capitals team that ranks fourth in the NHL on the penalty kill at 83.3% and 1st overall on home ice, operating at 88.5%.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (RW: #11 - Travis Konecny)
Konecny enters tonight on a three-game point streak in which he has averaged two points per-game with two goals and four assists (He's also riding a three-game road point streak with the same totals - 2g-4a)... He leads the team in both goals (23) and points (60), including points on the power play (22)... Against the Caps, he has two goals and three points in the season series.
CAPITALS (RW: #77 - TJ Oshie)
Oshie will play his 800th game in the NHL tonight and is the 15th member of the 2005 NHL draft class to reach that mark - Selected 24th overall, he is fifth among that draft in total points (565) and is T-2nd in plus-minus rating (+125)... Since joining the Caps, Oshie has 11 points (6g-5a) in 19 games against the Flyers, including a goal and an assist through three games of the season series.