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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Ottawa Senators

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers (7-10-2--16 pts)

Ottawa Senators (8-8-4--20 pts)

Despite the Flyers loss at Winnipeg, they earned a point in the standings for the fourth straight game, going 3-0-1, and six of their last seven games, posting a 4-1-2 record, including two shut out victories… In that seven-game span, Brayden Schenn leads the team in goals (4) and points (6), and the line of Hartnell-Giroux-Voracek each have five points to combine for six goals and nine assists… Ray Emery has a 1.02 GAA and .957 save percentage in three games (177 minutes), while Steve Mason has a 1.45 GAA and .952 save percentage in four games (248 minutes).

This is the second of three meetings on the year against the Sens and first and only meeting at Philadelphia… The Flyers shut out the Sens in Ottawa exactly a week ago, posting a 5-0 victory in which Jakub Voracek had two goals and Steve Mason earned his first shutout as a Flyer, making 24 saves… The Flyers have dominated on home ice against the Senators, posting a 23-12-2-2 mark for a .641 win percentage… The Flyers have won at least one of the two games at home against the Senators in each of the last six years, going 8-3-1… This is just the second time, and first time since 1994-95, that the Flyers will only play one home game against the Senators.

The Flyers return home where they own a 3-7-0 mark - five Flyers are tied for the team lead in scoring at home, all with four points (Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier & Nicklas Grossmann)… Jason Spezza (6g-4a) and Kyle Turris (2g-8a) lead the Senators on the road with 10 points each… The Senators are unbeaten in regulation this season when scoring the first goal, going 5-0-1, while the Flyers have not won a game when they have allowed the first goal, 0-7-1… Bobby Ryan leads the Senators in goals (10) and is tied for the team lead in points (20)… Scott Hartnell has points in three of his last four games, posting two goals and two assists in that span.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Wayne Simmonds - (RW) #17
Simmonds is tied for second on the Flyers in assists (6) and along in second on the Flyers in penalty minutes (31)… He has posted points in three straight games for the Flyers (1g-2a)… Against the Sens, Simmonds has four goals and seven points in 11 career games, including an assist in the Flyers' 5-0 win at Ottawa last Tuesday.

5. Player to watch SENATORS: Erik Karlsson - (D) #65
Karlsson is tied for the team lead with 20 points (7g-13a) - his seven goals and 20 points lead all NHL defensemen… Karlsson is also one of four defensemen in the NHL that either leads or is tied for his team lead in scoring (CBJ: Wisniewski, FLA: Campbell, MTL: Subban)… Karlsson has recorded a point in eight of his last 10 games, recording 12 points (5g-7a) in that span… He has also recorded over 30 minutes of time-on-ice in each of his last two games, including a season high 33:34 in his last game, a 4-1 loss vs. CBJ.

"[Ottawa] thrives off of turnovers. They're a transition team, they have fast guys on their team, they want to work in the neutral zone and off the rush and if we can just simplify our game and do it the way we did on the road in Ottawa, we'll be fine."
- Wayne Simmonds
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