After last night’s action, the Flyers are three points back of Pittsburgh for the final wild card, but have one game in hand, while sitting four points back of Detroit with two games in hand… Chasing the Flyers are the Hurricanes, who drew even at 73 points with their win last night, but have played 68 games, compared to the Flyers’ 65 games played, which along with the NY Islanders, are the fewest number of games played in the NHL… The Flyers now play seven of their next nine games on the road and finish out the regular season with 10 of 17 away from the Wells Fargo Center… They went 5-1-0 on their six-game homestand where they recorded 22 goals for an average of 3.66 goals-per-game and out-scored the opposition 22 to 13 despite being shut out in one of the contests (4-0 vs. EDM)… Scott Laughton has a three-game point streak on the road (1g-3a), while rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has recorded a point in eight of the last nine road games (2g-8a).
The Flyers ended the Lightning’s nine-game winning streak on Monday with their 4-2 win… Tonight, they will try and end the eight-game winning streak the Lightning have against them in Tampa… They Flyers dropped the opening night game in Tampa in overtime and have gone 0-7-1 since their last win on Feb. 15, 2011 - Claude Giroux is the only current Flyer remaining from that game, while Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman are the only current Lightning players remaining from that game… Overall, the Flyers own a mark of 22-21-1-2 in 46 meetings against the Lightning in Tampa.
Tampa Bay comes into tonight having dropped two consecutive games - they have not lost three straight games in any fashion since they dropped four straight from Oct. 24-31… Despite the losses, Tampa is tied with Anaheim for the best record in the NHL over their last 10 games (8-1-1) and are 21-7-1 since Jan. 1… Steven Stamkos has scored a goal in seven of his last 11 games and has 10 points over that stretch - he has 27 points (18g-9a) in 25 games against the Flyers, but has not recorded a point in two meetings this season… Goaltender Ben Bishop has allowed two goals or less six of his last seven starts and has allowed 10 goals total in that span… He leads the NHL in goals-against average (2.04) and is fourth in save percentage (.927)… The Lightning are fourth among all NHL teams in fewest goals allowed per-game at 2.34.
Schenn comes into tonight’s game having recorded nine points (4g-5a) during the Flyers six—game homestand, and at least a point in five of the six contests… Since Jan. 1, Schenn is tied for sixth among all players in the NHL in points (30), while leading the Flyers with 15 goals and 30 points to go along with a +9 rating in 29 games… He recorded a goal and an assist in the last game vs. Tampa for his 11th multi-point game of the year… In his fifth full year in the NHL, Schenn has recorded new career-highs in points every season… He now has a new career high in goals (22) and is two points shy of tying his career high in points set last year (47).
Tonight will be the 22-year-old’s 200th game in the NHL… He, along with the rest of the Lightning roster, did not record a point in the last game, but posted points in four straight prior to that, producing four assists and five points… He leads the Lightning with 54 points, including 22 points on the power play, in 65 games, while ranking second with 25 goals… So far this season, he had two separate eight-game point streaks (Dec. 15-Jan. 2 and Jan. 8-23)… Against the Flyers, Kucherov hasn’t had much luck, recording just two assists in his last five games.