Tonight’s game is a matchup of the top two teams in the league that have had games decided past regulation play - the Senators lead the NHL with nine games decided in overtime/shootout with a 4-5 record, while the Flyers have had eight games go past regulation with a 3-5 record… The Flyers have had six of their eight games decided in overtime, while the Sens are the opposite and have had six of their nine games decided in a shootout, rather than the 3 on 3 overtime… The Flyers have played three straight games past regulation, two in overtime and one in a shootout, and have had four of their last seven games decided in extra time… The Sens have had two of their last three, and five of their last eight games go past regulation… Last season, two of the three meetings between the two teams were decided in a shootout.
The Flyers come into tonight having picked up points in the standings in five of their last seven games with a 2-2-3 record and are four points behind the final wild card position in the East… Ottawa has risen to second in the Atlantic Division by picking up points in seven of their last eight games, posting a record of 4-1-3… The Senators have scored the second-most goals among all NHL teams in the second period (25)… Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan is currently riding a seven-game point streak - he has three goals and five assists for eight points in that stretch… Jakub Voracek has four points (1g-3a) in his last three games… Radko Gudas has recorded five or more hits in 12 of his 16 games, including his last six contests, and is tied for second in the NHL with 92 hits.
The Senators have recorded at least one goal on the man advantage in their last six games to go 8-for-19 at 41.2 percent… The Flyers have gone 4-for-18 (22.2 percent) on the power play in their last six games… Steve Mason has started four straight games and has given up two goals or less in three straight games - he has a career record of 6-3-1 with a 1.96 GAA and .937 save percentage against the Senators… Andrew Hammond is a perfect 2-0-0 with a 0.96 GAA and .968 save percentage against the Flyers, but has missed the last two games due to injury and has appeared in just two of Ottawa’s last nine games, with Craig Anderson making four of the last five starts… Both teams have also had players miss significant time due to injury - the Flyers have had 34 man-games lost due to injury, while the Senators have had 52 man-games lost to injury so far this year.
Couturier has some of his best career numbers against the Senators, posting four goals and eight points in 13 games - all eight of his points have come at even strength… After posting a goal and two assists for three points in his first five games, Couturier has gone pointless in his last eight games, but has posted seven shots on goal in his last two games, which is 39 percent of his shot total all season (18) - He recorded a season high five shots on goal in his last game… Couturier scored his first NHL goal against the Sens on October 18, 2011 against Craig Anderson.
Karlsson comes into tonight as one of the hottest players in the NHL by riding a five-game point streak in which he is averaging nearly two points per game with five goals and four assists for nine points… Karlsson leads the Senators in scoring with 21 points, which is tied for seventh overall in the NHL and second among all NHL defensemen… He also leads the team in assists (16) which is tied for fourth among all NHL players… Karlsson is one of two defenseman in the NHL to lead his team outright in scoring (CAR: Faulk) and one of three d-men to lead or be tied for their team lead in points (CAR: Faulk, TOR: Rielly)… Against the Flyers, he has 11 points (2g-9a) in 17 career games, but only has two points (2a) in his last seven games against the Flyers.