WILD CARD TRACKER
1. NYR: 93 pts, 10 games remaining
2. TOR: 79 pts, 12 games remaining
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3. NYI: 78 pts, 11 games remaining
4. TBL: 77 pts, 11 games remaining
5. FLA: 73 pts, 12 games remaining
6. CAR: 72 pts, 13 games remaining
7. PHI: 72 pts, 12 games remaining
1. SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY
The Flyers return to home ice where they play a rare Sunday game, having played just one other time at home on Sunday, earning a 5-3 win vs. Calgary on Nov. 27… This is also the 10th Sunday game of the season with the Flyers owning an overall mark of 6-1-2 on Sunday with six of the nine games decided by one goal, including four past regulation… Three of the five meetings against the Hurricanes this season are on Sunday.
2. CANES ON POINT
The Hurricanes come in with wins in three of their last four games, but have gained at least a point in the standings in their last six games, going 4-0-2… Carolina also plays the second game on back-to-back night after a 4-2 win vs. Nashville last night and own a 7-4-2 record in the second of back-to-backs, including 2-3-1 playing on the road.
3. STREAK & SUCH
A pair of players come into tonight's game on a six-game point streak… Flyers captain Claude Giroux has two goals and four assists for six points in six games, while Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm has the hot hand also with two goals and four assists in six games… Goaltender Eddie Lack is 3-1-1 in his last five starts, posting a 2.00 GAA and .921 sv. pct… Brayden Schenn has a five game point streak on home ice, recording six points (2g-4a), while Canes defenseman Jaccob Slavin has a five-game road scoring streak with eight points (3g-5a) in that stretch.
4. REVENGE AT PLAY
This is the fourth of five meetings against the Hurricanes, with the final meeting slated to take place in the final regular season game for both teams on Sunday, Apr. 9… The Flyers won the first two meetings, but the Hurricanes won the last meeting in Raleigh, 5-0, on the Flyers first game coming back from All-Star break… The Flyers have won their last three games against the Hurricanes at home, as well as going 14-3-3 in their last 20 meetings in Philadelphia dating back to 2006.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (D: #53 - Shayne Gostisbehere)
Gostisbehere has four points in his last five games, posting a goal and three assists… He is tied for the team lead in the season series with Carolina with four points (2g-2a) in three games and, in his career against the Hurricanes, he has recorded at least a point in six of his seven career games, and averaged over a point per-game with eight points (4g-4a) in seven games.
HURRICANES (LW: #53 - Jeff Skinner)
Skinner has five goals and eight points in his last eight games, including two goals in last night's win over Nashville… He leads the Hurricanes in both goals (25) and overall points (48) as well as point on the power play (14)… Against the Flyers, Skinner averages nearly a point per-game with 12 goals and 20 points in 24 games, including four points (2g-2a) in three games of this year's season series.
TODAY AT 50
On March 19, 1981… Forever staying true to the fearless style of play that brought him three Hart Trophies and a pair of Stanley Cup rings, Hall of Fame center Bobby Clarke became the 15th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career. He accomplished the feat with a third period follow-up of his own rebound from the right circle to score the fifth Flyers goal in a 5-3 win at the Spectrum over the Boston Bruins.
Season Series: 2-1-0
All-Time Record: 134 gp (79-33-14-7)
PHI: 55pts, Voracek (17g-38a)
CAR: 48pts, Skinner (25g-23a)
(PHI: 49-for-244, 20.1%, 12th)
(CAR: 34-for-198, 17.2%, 23rd)
(PHI: 167-of-210, 79.5%, 22nd)
(CAR: 148-for-175, 84.6%, 5th)