WILD CARD TRACKER
1. NYR: 84 pts, 18 games remaining
2. NYI: 71 pts, 19 games remaining
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3. TOR: 70 pts, 18 games remaining
4. FLA: 69 pts, 19 games remaining
5. PHI: 67 pts, 19 games remaining
6. TBL: 66 pts, 19 games remaining
1. HIT THE ROAD
Tonight's game marks the first of four straight road games for the Flyers, who also play nine of their next 12 games away from the Wells Fargo Center… The Flyers have won two straight games and are looking for their first three-game winning streak since Jan. 22-26… The Flyers have recorded a power-play goal in each of their last three road games, going 4-for-10… A win tonight will put them two points behind for the final wild card spot currently owned by the Islanders, who do not play tonight.
2. THE FAMOUS FOURTEEN
The Caps have not lost on home ice yet this calendar year, owning a 14-game home winning streak entering tonight's game, a new franchise-record, and have outscored their opponent, 65-20, in that span… They have also gone unbeaten in regulation in their last 16 at home (15-0-1)… The Caps own the NHL's best record at home, going 26-5-1, and lead the NHL in goals against per game (1.63) and second in goals for per game (3.53).
3. RIVALRY RENEWED
This is the final regular season meeting between the two teams with the Flyers looking to even the season series after winning the first meeting in a shootout, but dropping the last two to the Caps, who have outscored the Flyers, 9-1, in those two wins… The Flyers have not lost three straight regular season games to the Caps since Oct. 2009-Nov. 2010 (4 straight) and have not dropped three regulation games at Washington since a four-game stretch from Oct. 12, 1999-Jan. 28, 2001.
4. LET'S GO STREAKING
Caps netminder Braden Holtby has won 11 of his last 12 starts and is unbeaten in regulation in those last 12, going 11-0-1 with a 1.76 GAA and .930 save percentage… Flyers goaltender, Steve Mason, has won his last two starts, stopping 72 of 73 shots for a 0.48 GAA and .986 save pct… Brayden Schenn is on a career-high, six-game point streak in which he has seven points (3g-4a) in that stretch, while Jakub Voracek has points in three straight games (2g-1a) and seven of his last nine (3g-4a)… John Carlson (3a) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (1g-3a) each have three-game points streaks.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (D: #9 - Ivan Provorov)
The rookie defenseman has appeared in every game for the Flyers this season, the only defenseman to do so… He leads the Flyers in average ice-time, logging 21:40, which is 1:43 more than the next closest Flyer (MacDonald: 19:57)… Provorov has five goals and 19 assists for 24 points this season, including 20 of those points at even strength, which is third on the Flyers… Against the Caps, Provorov is scoreless this season, but has averaged 21:02 of ice time.
CAPITALS (C: #19 - Nicklas Backstrom)
Backstrom leads the Caps in overall scoring with 64 points (19g-45a) in 63 games… His 45 assists are tied for second in the NHL… During the Caps 14-game home winning streak, Backstrom has 21 points (5g-21a) and a +14 rating… Despite averaging over a point per-game this season, Backstrom has just one point in his last four games, but against the Flyers, he has four points (1g-3a) in three meetings this season and has 48 points (15g-33a) in 37 career games against the Flyers.
TODAY AT 50
On March 4, 1973… A four-goal outburst from Rick MacLeish brings him to 42 goals on the season. MacLeish also adds a pair of assists to complete a six-point night in a 10-0 thrashing of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Spectrum.
On March 4, 2012… The Flyers got outshot (34-23) and also outchanced by the host Washington Capitals but a stellar performance in goal by Ilya Bryzgalov backstops Philly to a 1-0 win. After a scoreless first period, rookie forward Eric Wellwood tipped home a Kubina point shot for what proved to be the only goal of the night for either team.
Season Series: 1-2-0
All-Time Record: 210gp (111-73-19-7)
PHI: 52pts, Voracek (17g-35a)
WSH: 64pts, Backstrom (19g-45a)
Power Play: (PHI: 46-for-215, 21.4%, 10th) (WSH: 41-for-186, 22.0%, 6th)
Penalty Kill: (PHI: 155-of-190, 81.6%, 13th) (WSH: 179-for-212, 84.4%, 6th)