The Flyers closed out the month of March with a 9-3-2 record and are winners of two straight (both of which have gone past regulation play) and three of their last four games… They now play six games in a span of nine days to end the regular season, with three sets of back-to-back games… The Flyers own a 6-0-2 record in their last eight games against Central Division opponents, dating back to their last loss, 3-2 vs. BOS on Jan. 25… The Senators come into tonight winners of two straight games, both on the road… The Sens have been outshot by their opponent in 57 of their 79 games and have 31 of their 36 victories when they have been outshot by their opponent, going 31-19-7… Ottawa has their worst record (6-12-4) against the Metropolitan than any other division.
This is the third and final meeting of the year, but first meeting in Philadelphia… The teams split the first two meetings, which occurred 11 days apart (Nov. 21 & Dec. 1), with the Flyers earning the most recent victory… Sean Couturier leads the Flyers with three points (1g-2a), while Mike Hoffman (2g-1a) and Bobby Ryan (3a) lead the Sens with three points as well… Steve Mason and Craig Anderson started both games… Andrew Hammond is 2-0-0 in his career against the Flyers, posting a 0.96 GAA and .968 save percentage… All 10 goals of the season series have been scored at even strength with both teams going scoreless on the power play and perfect on the penalty kill.
Sean Couturier has 10 assists and 11 points in his last 13 games, while Brayden Schenn has points in two straight games, as well as points in five of his last six games (1g-5a)… Mike Hoffman leads the Senators with 27 goals in 74 games, while Zack Smith has 13 of his 22 goals this season in his last 26 games… Steve Mason started 12 of the Flyers 14 games in March and went 8-2-2 with a 1.88 goals-against average and .933 save percentage… The Senators lead the NHL for most shorthanded goals this season with 15, led by Jean-Gabriel Pageau who leads all NHL players with six… The Flyers have 153 man-games lost due to injury this season, while the Senators have nearly double with 287 man-games lost.
Simmonds has points in two straight games, recording a goal and an assist, and has not gone two straight games without a point in over a month (Feb. 23-25)… The Flyers have won the last eight games in which Simmonds has recorded a goal and have an overall record of 17-2-1 when he finds the back of the net… He has also recorded points in five of his last six on home ice, while recording 16 of his 26 goals coming at the Wells Fargo Center… Against the Sens, Simmonds has a goal and an assist in the two games of the season series and has seven goals and 13 points in 17 games.
Karlsson is today’s player to watch simply because he’ll be on the ice the most - the 25-year-old defenseman leads all NHL players in average time-on-ice per game with over 29 minutes of TOI (29:03)… He also leads all defensemen in the NHL in scoring with 78 points, which ties his career high set in 2011-12, and ranks fourth among all players… The last defenseman to finish in the Top 5 among all NHL players in scoring was Paul Coffey in 1985-86… His next goal will be his 100th in his NHL career… Against the Flyers, Karlsson has just one assist in two games this season and 12 points (2g-10a) in 19 games.