Philadelphia Flyers (16-8-5, 37pts)
Ottawa Senators (12-16-1, 25pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 1:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 0-1-0
All-Time Record: 97gp (47-34-8-8)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 27-pts (10g-17a)
OTT - Jean-Gabriel Pageau: 21-pts (15g-6a)
1. AFTERNOON DELIGHT
After a 3-1 loss to the Coyotes on Thursday, the Flyers look to avoid back-to-back regulation losses for the first time since Oct. 27-29 AND they have not lost two straight in regulation at home all season long... Today is also the fourth afternoon start time for the Flyers this season and in their last eight games - they own a 2-0-1 record with two of the three decided past regulation... Jake Voracek leads the team with five points (1g-4a) in the three afternoon starts, while Kevin Hayes has a goal in all three afternoon games and Joel Farabee has an assist in every afternoon game (3a).
2. THE TAIL END
The Sens come in playing the tail end of their 10-day, five-game road trip which they've gone 1-3-0, earning a win in their last outing (5-3 at Edmonton) which snapped a five-game losing skid... The Senators are looking to avoid their 500th road loss in franchise history today as they sit with a 427-499-55-70 mark through 1,051 all-time road games... They are led by J-G Pageau, who has 15 goals and 21 points, but also ranks third among all NHL players with a plus-minus rating of +19... He has 11 of his 15 goals playing on the road this season and the team is 8-3-1 when he scores.
3. SENS-ING A CLOSE ONE
Today is the second of three meetings after the Flyers suffered a 2-1 loss on Nov. 15 at Ottawa, but it's the only meeting at the Wells Fargo Center this season... Ten of the last 12 meetings between the two have been decided by one goal, including each of the last six games in Philadelphia... Ottawa has won at least one game in Philadelphia in each of the last four seasons, while the Flyers have earned at least a point at home against the Sens in 25 of their 26 seasons in the NHL (since 1992-93), the only year they did not was during the 1994-95 season (0-2-0).
4. NEEDING POWER
The Flyers have not scored on the power play in their last three games, which ties their longest skid this season, but they have not gone four straight without a PPG all season... They have also given up three goals on the PK in their last six times shorthanded over their last three games... Ottawa comes in ranked last in the NHL on the power play, operating under 10 percent (9-for-91, 9.9%) but they snapped a five-game drought last game with a power-play goal vs. Edmonton... The Sens are T-5th in the NHL with four shorthanded goals this season.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (G: #79 - Carter Hart)
Hart comes in with an excellent record on home ice at 7-1-2 this season, including wins in each of his last three outings... He ranks second among all goaltenders in the league with a goals-against average of 1.48, while ranking fourth with a .944 save percentage at home... He also has 18 of his 25 career wins in the NHL playing at home.
SENATORS (LW: #7 - Brady Tkachuk)
The second-year forward has four goals and six points in four career meetings against the Flyers, including three points (2g-1a) in two games at the Wells Fargo Center, but has been held off the scoresheet in each of his last two meetings against the Flyers... Tkachuk became the fourth player from the 2018 Draft Class to play in his 100th game - he ranks second in goals (31) and points (61) among players from that draft.