T he Flyers get back on the road after completing a four-game homestand, going 3-1-0, and will play three of their next four games away from the Wells Fargo Center… The Flyers have earned wins in three of their last four contests and points in the standings in 13 of their last 19 games, going 9–6-4 since Dec. 3… This is the second of four meetings with the Caps and first in DC - The Flyers took the first game on Jan. 8, 3-2 in overtime… The Flyers went 1-0-1 in Washington last season, both games went past regulation and the last four trips to DC have been decided by one goal… The Flyers have gone 4-1-2 in the last four seasons in the Nation’s Capital .
The Capitals enter tonight’s game having won two straight with their last loss coming against the Flyers six days ago… The Caps also have a six-game home winning streak with four of the six games being decided by one goal… Washington has climbed the standings to draw within five points of the Metropolitan and Eastern Conference lead… The Caps have earned at least a point in the standings in 17 of their last 18 games, dating back to Dec. 4, and have outscored opponents 57-36 in that stretch… Nicklas Backstrom leads the Capitals with 29 assists and 42 points in 42 games… Eric Fehr has points in six of his last eight games, recording six goals and nine points in that eight-game span… Braden Holtby has made 25 consecutive appearances and a career-high 19 straight starts for Washington, posting a 13-2-4 record with a 2.08 GAA and .932 save percentage.
T he Flyers open up the first of games on back-to-back days, returning home on Thursday to face Vancouver… This is the ninth of 13 sets of back-to-backs and the Flyers own a 1—7-0 record in the first game and 2—5-1 mark in the second… Tonight’s game features two of the Top 5 power-play units in the NHL - The Flyers are fifth overall at 23.3 percent and have recorded a goal on the man advantage in each of their last five games, going 7-for-20 (35%), while the Capitals are fourth in the NHL at 24 percent and have scored a power-play goal in five of their last six games… Capitals defensemen have earned a point in 11 of their last 12 games and rank fifth in the NHL in points by defensemen (92) this season… The Flyers are undefeated in regulation, going 11-0-1, when leading after the second period .
Streit comes into tonight’s game riding a four-game point streak with five points in that span, including a goal and two assists in the 7-3 win over Tampa Bay on Monday… He has recorded at least a point in 15 of his last 19 games, posting one goal and 17 assists since Dec. 3… Streit has recorded at least one assist on the team’s power-play unit in each of his last four games, including the overtime game-winner against the Caps last Thursday… He is currently tied for fourth among all NHL defensemen in the scoring with 31 points and tied for second in assists (26) among all d-men… Against Washington, he has 22 points (7g-15a) in 31 games.
The Capitals captain has recorded a goal in six of his last seven games and added three assists for nine points in that span… He has 22 goals on the season to lead the team and moved up to a tie for fifth in the NHL’s Maurice Richard Trophy as leading goal scorer - an award he has won the last two seasons and four of the last eight years… He ranks second on the team in points (37) and third in plus-minus (+10) through 42 games… Ovechkin recorded one of the two Caps goals in the last meeting with the Flyers, and overall, has 28 goals and 45 points in 34 games against the Flyers in his career.