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5 THINGS: Senators vs. Flyers

Flyers face the Ottawa Senators tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

GAME NOTES

1. COMING INTO TONIGHT

The Flyers have earned points in five of their last seven games, going 4-2-1, while the Sens have points in six of their last eight, going 5-2-1… The Flyers defense continues to have the most points of any defense in the NHL, recording 48 points with 11 goals and 37 assists… At home, the Flyers have gone 7-2-1 in the last six seasons against the Sens… The Senators begin this season with a new head coach, Guy Boucher, who has an 8-2-1 record when coaching against the Flyers.

 

2. MORE POWER TO YOU

The Flyers are ranked second in the NHL on the power play at 29.3 percent and lead all NHL teams in power play goals (17)… The Flyers have recorded a power-play goal in five straight games (6-for-17) and nine of their last 10 games (13-for-36)… Claude Giroux leads all NHL players with 10 points on the power play, while Wayne Simmonds ranks second in the NHL with five power-play goals and is tied for fourth with eight power-play points. 

 

3. ONE GOAL WONDERS

The Flyers own a 5-4-2 record and lead the NHL in most games decided by one goal (11)… They have had seven of eight games at home decided by one goal… The Ottawa Senators have six of their nine wins this year in one-goal games, owning a 6-1-1 record… Their six wins by one goal are also tied for the NHL lead… Both the Flyers and Sens have had five games go past regulation, which is tied for fourth in the NHL this season.

 

4. GOALIE WATCH

The Sens have a strong goaltending tandem of Craig Anderson and the recently acquired Mike Condon… Anderson has seven of the team's nine wins, going 7-3-1 with a 2.15 GAA and .934 save percentage… Mike Condon is unbeaten in regulation, going 2-0-1 with a 0.41 GAA and .985 save percentage this season… For the Flyers, Steve Mason earned Tuesday's win stopping 19 of 20 shots against the Wild - he also had two of the three wins against Ottawa last year… With an injury to Michal Neuvirth, the Flyers recalled Anthony Stolarz, and should he get the start or see playing time tonight, it would be his NHL debut.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (LW: #93 - Jakub Voracek)

Voracek was credited with a goal and an assist vs. Wild, giving him six points in his last four games (1g-5a) and vaulting him to the top of the Flyers scoring race with 17 points (7g-10a)… His 17 points are also tied for seventh in the NHL… Voracek also has eight goals and 15 points in 19 career games against the Senators.

SENATORS (D: #65 - Erik Karlsson)

Karlsson has led the Senators in scoring for three straight season, including last year in which he averaged a point per-game with 82 points (16-66a) in 82 games… His 82 points also led all NHL defensemen last season in scoring, while averaging nearly 29 minutes of ice time (28:58) which led all NHL players… His 13 points (3g-10a) leads the Sens, and is tied for second in the NHL among d-men… He is two point shy of 400 points in his seven-year career.

 

TODAY AT 50

Nov. 15, 1984: The Flyers hold "Bobby Clarke Night" at the Spectrum to honor his retirement.

Nov. 15, 1979: The Flyers play their first ever game against The Great One, Wayne Gretzky… The Flyers defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 5-3, at the Spectrum, holding Gretzky to just one assist.

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