Tonight’s game could leave the Flyers one point or five points back of a wild card spot to the Red Wings… Despite a loss on Saturday, the Flyers have earned points in their last four games (3-0-1), and 10 of their last 12 games (8-2-2)… The Flyers have recorded 17 goals in their last four games, while the defense has produced 21 points (5g-16a) in the last seven games… The Flyers have recorded a power-play goal in six of the eight contests, including their last three games… The Red Wings come into tonight having dropped four of their last six games, going 2-4-0… They also open up a four-game road swing tonight and haven’t had much success on the road lately, dropping eight of their last 10 road games to go 2-6-2 since the start of February… The Red Wings have had 58 percent of their games (40-of-69) decided by one goal, which is the most in the NHL and posting a 23-6-11 mark.
This is the second of three meetings and first and only meeting at home against the Red Wings this season… The Flyers earned a 2-1 shootout win in Detroit on Jan. 19… The Flyers own a 10-game home winning streak over the Red Wings with their last loss coming on Jan. 25, 1997 - In that game, Rod Brind’Amour scored the only Flyers goal and current GM Ron Hextall was in net… The Flyers have outscored the Wings, 16-4 in their last three meetings in Philadelphia, and overall have outscored Detroit, 44-17 during the 10-game streak… Of those 10 games, the Flyers have scored four goals or more seven times.
Sean Couturier has a four game point streak in which he has all assists… Shayne Gostisbehere leads all Flyers defensemen and all rookie defensemen in goals (15), assists (23) and points (38)… He has 10 of his 15 goals and 21 of his 38 points on home ice… Detroit rookie, Dylan Larkin, leads the team and is third among all NHL rookies with 20 goals, second with five game-winning goals, and third among all rookies with 40 points… Detroit recalled forward Anthony Mantha, the club’s 20th overall pick in 2013, who could make his NHL debut tonight… Henrik Zetterberg has 10 goals and 18 points in 14 career games against the Flyers, while Pavel Datsyuk has nine goals and 17 points in 13 career games against the Flyers.
Gagner has been on a tear lately, recording two assists in his last game, while logging the most ice-time of the entire season (19:55) in the Flyers’ shootout loss to Florida on Saturday… He also has points in three of his last four outings with four points (2g-2a)… Gagner has five of his seven goals, as well as seven of his 14 points, of the entire season in his last 10 games… Against the Red Wings, he has six goals and 11 points in his last 12 games, but did not appear in the first meeting against Detroit this season.
Tatar is one of the hottest Red Wings coming into tonight after recording points in five of his last eight games, posting six points (2g-4a) in that stretch… He ranks second on the Red Wings in goals (18) and third in overall points (39) through 68 games… Against the Flyers, Tatar has just two goals in seven career games, and the Flyers have held him scoreless in his last five meetings, but he averages nearly three shots per-game against Philadelphia (20 shots in seven games).