Philadelphia Flyers (19-11-5, 43pts)
Ottawa Senators (15-18-3, 33pts)
at Canadian Tire Centre | Kanata, Ontario
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP+ | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 1-1-0
All-Time Record: 98gp (48-34-8-8)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 32-pts (11g-21a)
OTT - Anthony Duclair: 28-pts (20g-8a)
1. OH CANADA
The Flyers look to make it three straight wins as they come off a two-game home set with back-to-back victories last week over Anaheim (4-1) and Buffalo (6-1)... Tonight also marks the last visit to Canada during the regular season for the Flyers - it's the first time in the 52-year history of the franchise that the Flyers will be finished with trips to Canada before the holiday break... The Flyers are 6-4-3 against teams from Canada, including a 2-4-1 record playing north of the border.
2. RUBBER MATCH
Tonight ends the season series between the two clubs with both teams winning on their home ice so far and both games being decided by one goal... Both games have been among the most physical of the year as well - the teams have combined for 48 penalty minutes in the previous two meetings (PHI: 22 | OTT: 26) and 91 combined hits (PHI: 37 | OTT: 54)... 10 of the last 10 meetings between the two teams have been decided by one goal, including each of the last four.
3. TAKE IT TO THE SENATE
The Sens come in looking for back-to-back wins in over month on the heels of a 5-4 OT win vs. Nashville... Despite being in 14th place in the Eastern Conference with 33 points, Ottawa has earned points in two straight and five of their last six (3-1-2)... They are even better on home ice, currently riding a three-game win streak and earning wins in eight of their last nine games at Canadian Tire Centre, going 8-1-0... Overall, the Sens have had four of their last five games decided in overtime, winning twice and losing twice.
4. COMPLETE RANDOMNESS
Since their first meeting with the Flyers on Nov. 15, the Sens have gone 9-for-52 on the power play (17.3%) compared to before their first meeting when they went 4-for-62 (6.4%)... The Flyers best period has been the third period, recording 44 goals, which is T-5th among all NHL teams, while allowing 32 goals in the third, which is 10th-best in the league... Shayne Gostisbehere is two points shy of 200 in his NHL career, and with his next point, he will pass Joe Watson for sole possession of sixth place in scoring among Flyers defensemen, with his next assist, he will tie Jimmy Watson for 9th place all-time in assists (148).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (RW: #11 - Travis Konecny)
Konecny has points in both games since returning from a concussion (4a) and has points in each of his last three games (1g-4a) and five of his last six, posting eight points (3g-5a) in that stretch, while recording a +5 rating... He also has points in four straight road games entering tonight (1g-5a).
SENATORS (LW: #10 - Anthony Duclair)
After coming to the Senators in a trade last season from Columbus, Duclair has already matched his career high in goals with 20 this season in just 36 games... He leads the entire NHL in goals in the month of December (10) and is T-3rd in overall scoring with 13 points in nine games on the month.