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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Ottawa Senators

Flyers kick off week-long road trip in Ottawa to battle the red-hot Senators

Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 7:00 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Ottawa Senators
Flyers kick off week-long road trip in Ottawa to battle the red-hot Senators
Philadelphia Flyers (5-10-1--11pts)
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  Ottawa Senators (7-6-4--18pts)
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1. THE OPPONENT
Tonight is the first of three meetings between the Flyers and Sens… It's also the first of two meetings within a week and all three meetings take place within a month as they wrap up the season series on Dec. 9… The Flyers have won two of the last three meetings at Ottawa and went 2-1-0 against the Sens last season, winning both games by a 2-1 score… They have won the season series against the Sens the last two years… Jakub Voracek led the Flyers last season with two goals in the three games, while Colin Greening led the Sens with three points (1g-2a)… Overall, the Flyers own a 37-29-8-4 record against Ottawa since their expansion in 1992-93.

2. GETTING THE POINT
The Flyers have earned points in the standings in five of their last eight games, going 4-3-1 in that span and have points in each of their last three road games, going 2-0-1… The Sens come into tonight's game having earned points in each of their last five games, going unbeaten in regulation in the month of November so far at 3-0-2, including winning their last three contests and outscoring their opponent, 11 to 4 in those three games.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
The Flyers open up a five-day, three-game road trip tonight against Ottawa, while the Senators are in the midst of a five-game homestand… Tonight is also the first of games on back-to-back nights, both of which are on the road - the Flyers are 0-3-0 in the first game of back-to-backs… The Senators are 5-0-1 when they score the first goal… Both teams are winless when trailing after the first period (OTT: 0-4-2 & PHI: 0-6-0)… The Flyers have scored 50 percent (13 of 26) of their goals in the first period… Ray Emery was drafted by the Senators in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and played in the organization from 2002-08 posting an NHL record of 71-40-14 … Andrej Meszaros was also drafted by Ottawa (2004, 1st round, 23rd overall) and played for the Sens from 2005-08, posting 110 points (26g-84a)… Both Emery and Mezsaros helped lead Ottawa to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Claude Giroux - (C) #28
Giroux posted his first goal of the season in Saturday's win vs. Edmonton… He is now tied for the team lead in scoring with eight points (1g-7a) and has recorded at least a point in seven of his last 11 games… Against the Sens, Giroux has 12 points (3g-9a) in 18 career games… Ottawa is also where Giroux made his NHL debut at age 20 on Feb. 19, 2008.

5. Player to watch SENATORS: Erik Karlsson - (D) #65
The 2012 Norris Trophy winning defenseman is tied for second on the team in scoring with 18 points (6g-12a)… His 18 points on the blueline lead all NHL defensemen… He also has six multi-point games so far this season… Karlsson has recorded at least a point in six of his last seven games with four goals and 10 points in that span… Against the Flyers, Karlsson has seven assists and nine points in 11 career games.

QUOTABLE
"I really think when you go on the road with a team for a week you get closer with the guys; go to dinner and just spend time. When you do that it makes you care a little more for each other."
- Claude Giroux

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 75 21 53 7 74
C. Giroux 74 22 46 1 68
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 75 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 75 13 17 1 30
M. Read 73 7 22 -7 29
M. Del Zotto 57 9 19 -5 28
M. Raffl 60 19 6 6 25
V. Lecavalier 51 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 10 .926 2.25
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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