Philadelphia Flyers (22-15-6, 50pts)
Washington Capitals (30-9-5, 65pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:30 p.m. | TV: NBCSN | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 0-0-1
All-Time Record: 220gp (114-78-19-9)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 37-pts (13g-24a)
WSH - John Carlson: 54-pts (13g-41a)
1. HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN?
The Flyers return home for the first time in 16 days (since Dec. 23) after their six-game road trip in which they went 1-4-1... The Flyers own the NHL's best winning percentage on home ice (.789) with a 13-2-4 record... They have won four straight at home, seven of their last eight and have earned at least a point in 15 of their last 16 at home, going 11-1-4 and have gone unbeaten in regulation against the Eastern Conference on home ice... The Flyers are also tied (with Minnesota) for playing the least amount of game at home in the NHL (19).
2. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
While the Flyers are the best in the NHL at home, the Caps are the NHL's best team on the road with a 17-5-1 record and .761 win percentage away from Washington... The Caps have also won three straight games entering tonight and look for what would be their fourth, four-game win streak of the season tonight... They are the first team to win 30 games this season and lead the NHL's President's Trophy race with 65 points in the standings... Washington is 3rd in the NHL on offense, scoring an average of 3.61 goals per-game and have scored five or more goals in 15 games so far this season, including each of the last two games.
3. PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS
Both teams will be playing the second of games on back-to-back nights... The Flyers are coming off a 5-4 overtime loss at Carolina, while the Caps come in after a 6-1 win to Ottawa in Washington last night... The Flyers own a 3-3-2 record playing the second of a back-to-back and have had five of their last "second" games decided past regulation, including all three of their victories... Jake Voracek leads the Flyers with the most points in "second" games with 10 (3g-7a)... The Caps own a 5-1-1 record in "second" games with their only losses coming against the same team (Carolina).
4. US, THEM, US vs. THEM
US: The Flyers average nearly two full goals a game more than they allow on home ice, averaging 3.79 goals-scored vs. 1.95 goals-allowed at home... THEM: John Carlson is one of only two defenseman in the NHL who leads his team in scoring (NSH: Josi)... US vs. THEM: This is the second of four meetings and final game in Philly after the Flyers suffered a 2-1 shootout loss to the Caps on Nov. 13... The Caps have their worst record playing within the Metro Division at 6-5-1 (.541), while the Flyers have their best record within the Metro at 7-2-3 (.708).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier has points in three straight games (2g-3a) and has points in three straight home games (1g-4a)... He leads the team in even-strength points (27) as well as all forwards in average ice time per-game (19:53)... Couturier has also recorded points in seven of eight, including six straight "second" games of back-to-back with nine points (2g-7a) in that span.
CAPITALS (C: #19 - Nicklas Backstrom)
Backstrom enters tonight's game with a six-game point and assist streak... He also averages well over a point per-game against the Flyers with 53 points (18g-35a) in 46 career meetings, and has the most goals in the Wells Fargo Center (11) than any other opposing arena in the NHL, and second-most points (33) in 25 games.