WILD CARD TRACKER
1. NYR: 96 pts, 6 games remaining
2. BOS: 84 pts, 7 games remaining
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3. TBL: 83 pts, 7 games remaining
4. NYI: 82 pts, 7 games remaining
5. CAR: 80 pts, 8 games remaining
6. PHI: 78 pts, 7 games remaining
7. FLA: 77 pts, 7 games remaining
1. HOMEWARD BOUND
The Flyers return home after their four-game road trip where they went 2-2-0, winning the final meeting, a 6-2 decision against the Penguins… The Flyers now play five of their final seven regular season games on home ice… The Flyers are looking for their third straight win at home and have also won four of their last five games at the Wells Fargo Center with Steve Mason starting all five of those games, posting a 1.59 GAA and .945 save percentage in that stretch.
2. SENS ARMY MARCHING
Ottawa comes into tonight in a fight for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, and with 90 points, are just three back of the Canadiens with a game in hand… The Sens have earned points in 10 of their 13 games in March, going 8-3-2, but lost their last meeting, 3-1 to Montreal on Saturday… The Sens have not dropped two straight games in regulation since Feb. 4-7… Ottawa's tandem in net have been a key to their success - Craig Anderson started nine of the 13 games in March, going 6-2-1 with a .919 save percentage and 2.32 GAA, while Mike Condon has gone 2-1-1 with a .950 sv. pct and 1.69 GAA.
3. THREE TO TWO
This is the third and final meeting of the year between the two clubs with each team winning on each other's home ice and both of the games being decided past regulation play… Including the two games this season, the last three meetings between the two teams have been decided by a final score of 3-2 with the Flyers winning two of the three contests… Of the nine total goals scored in the season series, five have come in the second period… Steve Mason has started both games, gong 1-0-1 with a 1.92 GAA, while Sens forward Kyle Turris leads Ottawa with two goals and three points in the season series.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: Brayden Schenn comes into tonight's game with a six-game home point streak, recording three goals and four assists for seven points in that span.
THAT: Sens captain Erik Karlsson is one of two defenseman in the league to lead his team in scoring - he has 67 points (14g-53a) in 74 games and ranks second among all NHL defensemen (SJ: Burns)…
THE OTHER: Tonight's game features three of the NHL's Top 5 goal-scorers on the power play: Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds are tied for second with 15 PPG, while Mike Hoffman is tied for fifth with 13 PPG.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (LW: #40 - Jordan Weal)
Weal is coming off a two-point performance with a goal and an assist in his last outing, helping the Flyers to a 6-2 win over the Penguins on Sunday… Since scoring his first NHL goal and point, Weal has all five of his NHL goals and seven points in his last 13 games… His four goals in the month of March are tied for the Flyers lead (with Konecny).
SENATORS (C: #68 - Mike Hoffman)
Hoffman leads the Sens in the month of March with 14 points (3g-11a) in 13 games and comes into tonight riding a six-game point streak a goal and six assists for seven points in that stretch… Hoffman has over half of his goals on the power play this season (13 of 22), leading the team on the man advantage in scoring and tied in overall points (25)… He also leads the team with a plus-minus rating of +15.
TODAY AT 50
On March 28, 1974… The Flyers skate to a 3-3 tie with the Atlanta Flames courtesy of a stellar performance by Bobby Clarke. The team captain notches a hat trick on two shorthanded goals and one power play goal -- the latter two goals coming in the third period -- as Philly fights back from a pair of one-goal deficits. The first period features a bout between Dave "the Hammer" Schultz and Bryan Hextall Jr. (the father of Flyers Hall of Famer and current GM Ron Hextall).
Season Series: 1-0-1
All-Time Record: 89 gp (43-31-8-7)
PHI: 57pts, Voracek (19g-38a)
OTT: 67pts, Karlsson (14g-53a)
(PHI: 49-for-255, 19.3%, 15th)
(OTT: 41-for-231, 17.7%, 23rd)
(PHI: 178-of-224, 79.5%, 22nd)
(OTT: 187-for-232, 80.6%, 17th)