The Flyers enter tonight’s game winners of two straight and three of their last four contests to get within four points of the final wild card position in the Eastern Conference… They are looking to win three straight games for the first time this season and first since Jan. 20-31 of last season when they won four straight… They have also earned points in eight of their last 12 games, going 5-4-3… Ottawa comes into tonight suffering their first loss in regulation after going seven straight games recording a point in the standings, going 5-0-2, including four straight wins… They sit in second place in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the conference standings… This is the second of three meetings, second on the road and second in a 10-day span against the Senators, who took a 4-0 win over the Flyers on Nov. 21… Three of the four Senators goals came within two minutes of the opening or end of the period… The Flyers have dropped three straight games at Ottawa with their last win coming on Nov. 12, 2013.
The Flyers penalty kill has been perfect in their last 19 times shorthanded over the span of seven games, including six straight perfect games, going 18-for-18… It is the longest streak the PK has had since killing 26 straight in December 2013 through to January 2014… The Senators meanwhile have been nearly perfect on the PK - they have killed off 18 of their 19 times shorthanded with their only blemish coming two games ago when they killed off 5 of 6 penalties in a 5-3 win over Colorado… On the flip side, the Senators power-play has been on fire, recording at least a goal in eight of their last 10 games, going 10-for-29 at 34.5 percent… The Flyers have recorded a goal on the power play in three of their last four games, going 4-for-13.
The Flyers continue to lead the NHL in games past regulation (10) and are second with eight games (DET: 9) decided in overtime (4-4) and two in a shootout (1-1), while the Sens rank second in that category with nine games going to a shootout (6) or overtime (3)… The Senators have 11 of their 12 wins when leading after the second period, going 11-1-1, and are ranked second in the NHL with 32 goals scored in the second period… The Flyers are tied for ninth with the fewest goals against in the third period (20), while the Sens have given up the third-most goals in the third period (27)… The Flyers (49) and Senators (67) combine for over 100 man-games lost due to injury so far this season (116)… Bobby Ryan has points in 10 of his last 11 games with 12 points (4g-8a) in that stretch… Claude Giroux has points in three of his last four games with two goals and four assists for six points.
Simmonds is coming off his first multi-goal AND multi-point game of the year with two goals and an assist in the Flyers win over the Rangers… He ranks third on the team in goals (5) and points (12), while leading the Flyers in penalty minutes (40)… The Flyers own a perfect 4-0-0 record in games when Simmonds scores a goal… Simmonds also has all five of his goals and eight of his 12 points while playing on the road this season… Against the Senators, Simmonds has 11 points (6g-5a) in 16 career games.
Karlsson enters tonight’s game with a nine-game point streak, which is the second-longest active streak in the NHL only to Patrick Kane’s 19-game streak… During the streak he has recorded five goals and nine assists for 14 points - he has also recorded an assist in five straight games and eight of the nine games… Karlsson ranks second in the NHL in scoring among defensemen with 26 points (5g-21a) and is one of three defensemen to lead his team in scoring (CAR: Faulk, MIN: Suter)… Karlsson also ranks fourth in the NHL in average time-on-ice per game at over 27 minutes (27:01) and has logged over 30 minutes of ice time in five games this season.