Philadelphia Flyers (28-17-7, 63pts)
Detroit Red Wings (12-37-4, 28pts)
at Little Caesars Arena | Detroit, MI
TIME: 7:30 p.m. | TV: NBCSP+ | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 1-0-0
All-Time Record: 143gp (70-50-21-2)
PHI - Sean Couturier: 46-pts (13g-33a)
DET - Dylan Larkin: 37-pts (13g-24a)
1. DOMINANCE OVER DETROIT
The Flyers meet the Red Wings for the second time this season and first in the Motor City after earning a 6-1 win in Philly on Nov. 29... They currently own a four-game winning streak over the Red Wings, have won seven of their last eight meetings and earned at least a point in 10 straight games, going 8-0-2... That streak includes a 3-0-1 record playing at Detroit, with three of the four games decided past regulation play with the fourth game decided by two goals with an empty net... Since the 2015-16 season, these two teams rank #1 (Flyers: 109) and #2 (Detroit: 100) in games decided past regulation.
2. KEEP ON CLIMBING
With a win, the Flyers with 63 points could leapfrog into first wild card in the East over the Hurricanes (63pts) NY Islanders (64pts)... The Flyers have earned points in four straight and six of their last seven games, earning 11 of possible 14 points in that stretch... Each of the last three road games for the Flyers have been decided in overtime, and the Flyers have just one win on the road in their last six games (1-3-2), but they have points in four straight road games (2-0-2) and own a winning record against the Eastern Conference on the road at 7-4-2.
Detroit enters tonight's game with the worst record in the NHL with just 12 wins and 28 points through 53 games... No team in the NHL has had 12 wins or less this late in a season since the 2005-06 Penguins... The Red Wings have dropped eight straight and have been held to two goals or less in seven of those contests... Detroit also ranks last in the NHL in goals for per-game (2.08) as well as goals-against per-game (3.83)... The Red Wings are also winless against the Metropolitan Division, going 0-13-1, and have been outscored 64-22 in the process.
4. THE PLAYERS HAVE...
Joel Farabee is in the midst of a five-game point streak with four goals and six points - if he extends it to six games, it will tie the highest streak by a rookie this season... The Flyers defense ranks second in the NHL for most goals (34), led by Ivan Provorov (9), while Matt Niskanen has posted back-to-back two-point games... Robby Fabbri had the lone goal in the last meeting and averages over a goal per-game in his career against the Flyers with six goals and seven points in five games... Red Wings defenseman Mike Green is third among all active NHL defensemen for the most points (31) and second for the most goals (9) against the Flyers in 48 games.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier is coming off his third three-point night in his last 12 outings and has points in nine of those 12 games since Jan. 1... Since the New Year, Couturier is T-5th in the NHL in scoring with 16 points (3g-13a) with his 13 helpers also ranking second in the league... He had two points (1g-1a) in the first meeting and has 18 points (7g-11a) in 20 games against Detroit.
RED WINGS (C: #71 - Dylan Larkin)
Prior to Detroit getting shut out last game, Larkin had a four-game point streak where he posted six points (2g-4a) to take over the team lead in scoring with 37 points... Selected 15th overall in 2014, Larkin ranks third among all players in that draft in assists (149) and overall points points (250)... Against the Flyers, he has eight points (3g-5a) in 12 meetings.