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Flyers look to extend point streak at Ottawa

Philadelphia Flyers at Ottawa Senators

  1. In the two seasons prior to this one, the six Flyers-Senators meetings produced a total of 46 goals (Philadelphia 25, Ottawa 21). Each team won three times, with one of the Senators' victories coming in a shootout. The Flyers are 3-1-0 in the last four games between the teams.
  2. Since the calendar turned to November, Philadelphia has seen six of its seven games extend beyond regulation; the Flyers are 5-0-2 this month for an .857 points percentage, fifth highest in the league. This is the fourth consecutive season in which Philly has had at least one points streak of seven-plus games.
  3. Since October 21, the Senators have not lost consecutive games, and have won back-to-back contests only once. Ottawa has not won a game in 2019-20 when allowing more than two goals; the Sens are 7-2-1 when allowing two goals or fewer and 0-8-0 when yielding three or more.
  4. Claude Giroux has nine points and is a plus-7 in nine home games this season, but only four points and a minus-1 in as many road contests; he has gone without a point in four straight road games. Since 2016-17, Giroux has four goals and six points in four games in Ottawa.
  5. Jean-Gabriel Pageau played only 39 games in an injury-shortened 2018-19 season, managing four goals; Pageau already has 11 goals and 15 points in 18 games this season, and leads the NHL at plus-19. No Senator has ever led the NHL outright in plus/minus in a season (Wade Redden tied for first in 2005-06).
  6. The Flyers have played seven games this season that have been tied at the end of regulation, tied for fourth most in the league. The Senators have gone into overtime only twice, tied for second fewest in the NHL.

The Philadelphia Flyers hope to extend their points streak to eight games when they travel north to face the host Ottawa Senators on Friday.

The Flyers had their four-game winning streak snapped Wednesday but still managed one point in a tough 2-1 shootout loss at home to the Washington Capitals. Philadelphia has been extended to a shootout five times in the last seven games, with another of those seven ending in overtime.

"I don't think I've been on (a team) that went through this many in a row," Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen said. "Pretty tight hockey games. I don't know what's the cause of it, but I know we've played four pretty dang good teams in a row here, and we've been real competitive in all of them.

"We had stretches where we've done really well, and we've had stretches where we've hung on. So maybe that's part of it, that we've played four really good teams in a row, and we've done really well."

Carter Hart's stellar play has kept the Flyers close to forcing extra sessions in four of his last five starts. The 21-year-old Hart had won four in a row and then made 35 saves in the slim loss to the Capitals.

"I think it's that we've played a lot of top teams the last few games, and obviously every game is really hard," said forward Jakub Voracek, who had an assist against Washington. "But we've been pretty good in shootouts and overtimes so far this year. Obviously it's better to win it in regulation, but if that's what it's going to take, we have to take it."

The struggling Senators picked up a rare road victory at New Jersey on Thursday due in large part to c Pageau's hat trick in a 4-2 win.

Pageau, who turned 27 on Monday, recorded the first regular-season hat trick in his career, though he has done so twice in the postseason. Pageau has scored 11 goals in his last 15 games and eight goals in his last six. His career-best for a season is 19, which was registered in 2015-16.

"I think my linemates have been awesome," said Pageau, in his eighth season with the Senators. "They work so hard every day, make it easy for me. I think we have a good chemistry on the ice because we spent a lot of time off the ice together. We do a lot of video, and that's how we find each other on the ice.

"All of us are hard-working players that keep (the) play simple, and that's what's working so well right now."

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson made 21 saves, though the Ottawa power play continued to struggle, as the team is 4-for-62 on the season. But Pageau stayed red hot, which is a big reason to remain optimistic as the Flyers visit next.

"He does it right, day in and day out," Anderson said of Pageau. "He's the hardest-working guy in practice, and he's a waterbug out there, and he makes sure he plays the right way, and he gets rewarded for it. His underrated skill -- you guys don't know how much skill he has -- but he's got a great shot and some great hands, and he's always in the right spot at the right time."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 14, 2019

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