Philadelphia Flyers (10-5-3, 23pts)
Ottawa Senators (7-10-1, 15pts)
at Canadian Tire Center | Kanata, Ontario
TIME: 7:30 p.m. | TV: NBCSP+ | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series (2018-19): 2-1-0
All-Time Record: 96gp (47-33-8-8)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 19-pts (8g-11a)
OTT - J-G Pageau (11g-4a): 15-pts
1. HISTORY ON THE LINE?
The Flyers ride a seven-game point streak into tonight's game, going 5-0-2, with six of the seven games being decided past regulation, including five of the six in a shootout which also includes their last three games and last three road games... By comparision, the Flyers first 11 games saw one game go past regulation... Since the advent of overtime was introduced in 1983-84, the Flyers have never had five consecutive games be decided past regulation play... Prior to 83-84, they have never played to a tie in five consecutive games.
2. SENS ARMY
The Senators are ranked 15th in the Eastern Conference and T-28th in the NHL with a 7-10-1 mark and 15 points... Despite their record, the Ottawa has wins in three of their last four games, and six victories in their last 10 games, while also riding a three-game winning streak on home ice... They have 12 of their 15 total points in the last 10 games and, since Oct. 23, are 11th in the NHL and 6th in the Eastern Conference... The Sens own the NHL's worst power play at 6.5%, recording four goals on 62 opportunities, including just one power-play goal on home ice on 32 chances (3.1%).
3. THE OTHER NATION'S CAPITAL
The Flyers meet the Sens for the first of three times and make their first of two trips to Ottawa tonight... The Flyers won two of the three meetings last year, including their only trip to Ottawa last season... The Flyers have also earned at least a point in Canada's capital in eight of their last 10 meetings (6-2-2)... Jake Voracek posted six points (3g-3a) in two meetings last year, while forward Brady Tkachuk also had six points (4g-2a) but in three games against the Flyers... Carter Hart will face the Sens for the first time in his career and be the eighth different starter for the Flyers in the last eight games against Ottawa.
Tonight also marks the first game in a back-to-back set for both teams... It's the fifth set of the season and third of four in November for the Flyers, who are 3-1-0 in the first game and 1-2-1 in the second... It's the Sens second back-to-back this season after winning the first game but dropping the back end earlier in the month... The Flyers play a league high 17 back-to-backs this season (tied with Pittsburgh), while the Sens play 14 back-to-backs.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (LW: #23 - Oskar Lindblom)
Lindblom comes into tonight with points in four straight road games, posting five points (3g-2a)... He leads the team in goals on the road (6) and tied in points (8) away from Philadelphia... Overall, he remains tied for the team lead with eight goals and second in points (14)... He went scoreless last game, but has only gone without a point two straight games once this season (Oct. 26-27).
SENATORS (C: #44 - Jean-Gabriel Pageau)
Not only does he lead the Sens in both goals (11) and in overall points (15), he leads all players in the NHL with a plus-minus rating of +19... The Ottawa native has already eclipsed his point total from last season in 18 games (39gp: 4g-8a, 12pts)... The Sens have six of their seven wins and have a 6-1-1 mark when he scores a goal.