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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

T he Flyers return home for the first time in 19 days (since Dec. 18 vs. FLA) after playing the previous eight games on the road… They enter tonight’s game having played the fewest home games in the NHL so far this season (16)… They open up a four-game homestand tonight, playing all four games in a span of seven days… The Flyers will play 10 of their next 13 games at the Wells Fargo Center from now until Feb. 5… Overall, they are 8-5-3 on home ice and have earned points in three of their last four at home, going 2-1-1… The Flyers have the NHL’s best power play on home ice, operating at 29.1 percent (16-for-55) and have scored at least one PPG in seven of their last nine home games… Wayne Simmonds has 10 of his 15 goals and 16 of his 25 points at the Wells Fargo Center this season.

T his is the first time this season the Flyers have faced the Senators, marking one of three teams in the Eastern Conference the Flyers have not faced yet this season (Washington & Buffalo)… This is also the first game between the two clubs in almost 13 months (Dec. 9, 2013)… Last season, the Flyers went unbeaten in regulation, going 2-0-1, and outscoring the Sens, 14-6, in the series and winning the only game on home ice… Steve Mason started all three games against Ottawa, posting a 1.95 goals-against average and .935 save percentage… Clarke MacArthur (3g) and Kyle Turris (2g) accounted for five of the six Ottawa goals in the series… MacArthur has more points against the Flyers than any other Sens player on the roster with 18 points (6g-12a) in 22 games… The Flyers are 5-1-1 against the Sens in their last seven games at home, while also going 6-2-2 in the last 10 overall games against Ottawa .

T he Flyers open up a stretch in which they play nine games in a 15-day span heading into the NHL All-Star break on Jan. 21… Flyers captain Claude Giroux is day-to-day with a lower-body injury… Erik Karlsson is in his first season as captain of the Senators - he is tied for first on the Sens in scoring with 27 points and leads in assists (20)… The Flyers have 10 of their 14 victories when scoring the first goal… The Flyers are averaging 9.4 PIM per game, which is tied for 10th-fewest in the league, while the Senators are the fourth-most penalized team in the NHL at 12.5 PIM per-game… Senators have a new head coach, naming Dave Cameron on Dec. 8, taking over for Paul MacLean… Vincent Lecavalier has points in his last three games and has recorded at least a point in five of his last seven games with five goals and six points in that stretch .

Voracek returns home still the NHL’s leading scorer with 48 points in 38 games and also leads all players with 33 assists… He has scored in three of his last four home games, posting three goals and four points, while also recording a point in all but two games on home ice this entire season (14 of 16), recording 22 points (8g-14a) in those 16 contests… Against the Sens, Voracek recorded three goals and four points in four games of the season series last year, while recording nearly a point-per-game in his career against Ottawa with 12 points (7g-5a) in 13 games.

Ryan has points in three of his last four games, posting four goals and an assist for five points, including a hat trick… Two of the four goals were also the game-winning goals for Ottawa… Ryan is third on the team in scoring, one point behind Erik Karlsson and Kyle Turris, with 26 points, while being tied for second with 11 goals… The Cherry Hill, NJ native has only scored once in eight games against the Flyers, recording three assists for four points.

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