The Flyers (92 pts), Bruins (93 pts) and Red Wings (93 pts) are all in action this afternoon… The Bruins (vs. Ottawa) and Red Wings (at NY Rangers) face off at 12:30, while the Flyers will get a clearer picture of the situation playing at 3:30… Below are this weekend’s clinching scenarios:
* The Flyers control their own destiny - with wins today and tomorrow, they clinch a playoff spot.
* If either Bruins or Red Wings lose in regulation, the Flyers can clinch if they earn two points of any kind in their last two games.
* If either Boston or Detroit earn one point today and if the other team wins and earns two points, the Flyers need at least three points in their final two games beginning today
* If Boston and Detroit both win today and the Flyers lose in any fashion, the Flyers are eliminated regardless of their final game on Sunday.
The Flyers close out their 2015-16 regular season home schedule today… They own a 22-10-8 record on home ice, which marks their ninth straight winning season at the Wells Fargo Center and 21st winning season at home in the last 22 years… The Flyers have earned points in their last four games on home ice, going 3-0-1, all of which have been one-goal games with three being decided past regulation play… They have also earned at least a point in seven of their last eight games (6-1-1) at home… The Flyers own an all-time mark of 26-15-5-1 in their home finale.
Today is the first in another set of back to backs for the Flyers, who will also be playing their fifth game in the last eight days… This is also the fourth and final game of the season series between the two clubs with the Penguins winning the first three games… The Flyers will look to avoid a season sweep by the Penguins, who have not done so since going 0-6-2 in 2006-07… The Flyers have only been swept by the Penguins twice in franchise history (1991-92)… The Penguins have scored 12 of their 14 goals in the second and third period in the season series… The Penguins come in riding a season-high, eight-game winning streak in which they have outscored opponents, 39-18, and have gone 14-1-0 since Mar. 11… They have also won eight straight games on the road, which is a new franchise record… The Flyers have dropped three straight games and will look to avoid a fourth straight loss of any kind since Oct. 27-Nov. 5 when they dropped six straight.
Simmonds comes in as one of the hottest Flyers, recording at least a point in four straight home games with four goals and six points in that stretch… He leads the Flyers with 30 goals on the season, which is a new career high, and ranks second on the team with 58 points, which is two shy of his career high… He is the Flyers first 30-goal scorer since Scott Hartnell in 2011-12… Simmonds also has 19 of his 30 goals on home ice… Against the Pens, Simmonds has a goal and an assist in three games this year, as well as a career-total of nine goals and 18 points in 23 games.
Crosby has been the NHL’s leading goal scorer and point producer since Jan. 1, recording 27 goals and 58 points in 44 games, while also tying for the NHL lead (with teammate Kris Letang) in plus-minus at +22… He has a three-game goal scoring streak with four goals and an eight-game scoring streak with nine points (5g-4a) in that span… He currently ranks third among all players in scoring with 85 points… The Penguins own a 9-15-2 record when Crosby fails to record a point this season… Crosby has the most goals against the Flyers (33) than any other team in his career, while also recording 81 points in 55 games, including five points (3g-2a) in three games of the season series.