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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Ottawa Senators

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers kick off an eight-day, four-game road trip throughout Canada tonight where they will play four of their final six regular season road games… The Flyers hold a 6—3-3 record against Canadian teams so far this season, including a 2-2-1 mark on the road… Seven of the 12 games have been decided by one goal, including five past regulation play… The Flyers will also be looking to avoid their sixth straight road loss tonight, going 0-3-2 in the previous five games with their last win coming one month ago (2-1, Feb. 15 at Buffalo)… The Flyers have 16 of the 22 players on their non-injured roster with Canadian citizenship.

Ottawa comes into tonight as one of the hottest teams in the NHL, going 12-2-2 in their last 16 games and climbing to within seven points of Washington and Boston for the final wild card position with games in hand on both teams… During that span, the Sens have out-scored their opponent, 52-33, scoring only nine of their 52 goals on the power play and allowing eight of the 33 goals on the penalty kill… Ottawa has the highest scoring rookie pair in the NHL this year in Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman… Stone ranks fourth overall among rookies with 45 points (17g-28a), while Hoffman leads all rookies in goals (24) and is fourth with 42 points… The Senators rank seventh in the NHL in third-period goals (72).

The Flyers recalled center Nick Cousins from their AHL affiliate last night - should he play, it will be his NHL debut and he will be the fifth Flyer to play in his first NHL game this season (Bellemare, Gostisbehere, Straka & Zepp)… The Flyers (14-10-14) and Senators (15-12-11) are tied for fourth in the NHL in one-goal games, having played 38… This is the 13th time the Flyers play the second of games on back-to-back days - they own a 4-7-1 record in the first 12 games… This is also the eighth time the second game is being played on the road (2-4-1)… The Senators have the worst record against the Metropolitan Division than any other Division, going 4-8-5… The Flyers are 9-8-5 against the Atlantic Division… Ray Emery was drafted and played with Ottawa from 2002-08, and is unbeaten playing against his former team, going 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .959 save percentage.
Couturier has played more games in the NHL than any other member of his 2011 Draft Class (275) and ranks fifth in points (111)… Couturier is tied for fourth on the team in scoring on the road with 17 points (7g-10a)… He has also posted three goals and five points in 12 games against Canadian teams this year… Couturier leads all Flyers forwards in shorthanded time-on-ice per-game (2:21) and is sixth overall in the NHL in total TOI in shorthanded situations having played 165:30… In 11 career games against the Senators, Couturier has four goals and seven points, while also scoring his first NHL goal against the Sens in Ottawa on Oct. 18, 2011. The Senators captain is one of three defensemen to lead his team in scoring (ARI: Ekman-Larsson & CAR: Faulk)… Karlsson leads the team with 54 points as well as 36 assists and is one of two Senators to appear in all 67 games so far this season (Turris the other)… Lately, Karlsson has posted four points (2g-2a) in his last two games and nine points in his last eight games (4g-5a)… In his sixth NHL season, Karlsson is nine points shy of 300 points, recording 81 goals and 210 assists for 291 points in just 382 games… He won the  James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Best Defenseman in 2012… Against the Flyers, Karlsson was held off the scoresheet in their first and only meeting this season, but has nine assists and 11 points in 15 career games.
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