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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Senators enter Game 82 with a playoff berth on the line - they currently sit in the first position in the Eastern Conference wild card race and one point today will clinch… The Sens come in as one of the hottest teams in the NHL, winners of two straight and unbeaten in regulation in six straight games, going 5-0-1… The Sens surge began following their Feb. 16 loss to Carolina, where they have currently posted a record of 20-3-3 in their last 26 games… The Flyers are guaranteed to finish in the seventh slot for their first round draft pick, which will be determined by the NHL draft lottery later this month… The seventh spot has a 6.5% chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick in the lottery, and the Flyers will pick either No. 1, No. 7 or No. 8 based on the lottery outcome.

Today is the final game of the season for the Flyers, who have won six of their last nine season ending games… It will be the 26th time in the team's 47 seasons of play that they end the regular season on home-ice… The Flyers own a 12-9-4 record in the final game of the season when they are at home, compared to a 9-8-4 mark when the season ends on the road… The Flyers have won six of their last eight season ending games when they are at home… Overall the Flyers have a 21-17-8 record in their regular season finale… The Flyers have three players who will have played in all 82 games this season (Couturier, B. Schenn & Jakub Voracek), compared to last year’s seven players who played in all 82 games.

This is the third meeting of the year against Ottawa with each team splitting the first two games and both games being decided in a shootout, by a 2-1 score and with each team winning the shootout on their home ice… The Flyers also own a 6-1-1 record on home ice against the Senators in the last five seasons… The Flyers have not lost back-to-back games in regulation on home ice since Nov. 14 & Nov. 20 this season… Sean Couturier is currently riding a five-game point streak with six points (2g-4a), while defenseman Mark Streit has a three-game streak, averaging two assists per-game (6a)… Sens rookie Mark Stone has points in eight straight games, posting six goals and 11 points (3g-5a), while Clarke MacArthur has a six-game streak with eight points (3g-5a) and Kyle Turris is riding a five-game streak with six assists and eight points.

The Flyers captain has been on fire lately… He has points in three straight games, recording four points in that stretch, and points in eight of his last 10 games with seven goals and 10 points… Giroux is also currently riding a six-game home point streak, posting eight points (4g-4a) in that span… He continues to lead all NHL players on the power-play with 37 points, which is over half of his total point output this year… He has 73 points on the season with 25 goals and 48 assists and, not including the lockout shortened season in 2012-13, this is Giroux’s fourth consecutive 70-point season… Against the Sens, Giroux has one assist in two games this year and 16 points (4g-12a) in 23 career games. The rookie goaltender is a big reason for the Senators surge to the playoffs, posting an impressive 19-1-2 record to begin his NHL career, including a 9-0-2 record on the road, becoming the second goaltender in NHL history who was not charged with a loss in his first 11 road decisions (STL: Brent Johnson, 11-0-0)… Since making his season debut on Feb. 16, Hammond has recorded three shutouts and a 1.82 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in 23 appearances… In his only meeting against the Flyers, Hammond stopped 27 of 28 shots and all three players in a shootout to post a 2-1 win on Mar. 15.
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