After taking five out of a possible six points from three teams with a combined record of 34-12-12, Alain Vigneault's team has a matchup it can't overlook.
The Flyers (10-5-3) visit the Senators (7-10-1) Friday night to open their fifth back-to-back set of 17 this season.
Let's get into the essentials:
• The Flyers are playing good hockey, riding a seven-game point streak (5-0-2) and an 8-2-2 stretch since Oct. 21. The Islanders will await them in Philadelphia for a big game Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. New York is on a 13-game point streak (12-0-1) and allowing the NHL's fewest goals per game at 2.29.
The showdown Saturday makes Friday a possible trap game for the Flyers against an Ottawa team that is tied for the second-fewest points in the NHL at 15.
With good leadership, I don't think that's going to be an issue. I look at all of our games lately, I look at the league, I look at the parity in the league, I look at the different teams that we've played and some that we haven't played - this is a tough league, every game is a tough battle. Six of our last seven have gone to overtime, quite a few have gone to shootouts.
Ottawa had just won a big game [Wednesday] against the Devils, they've been playing a lot better lately, so we're going to have to be ready, we're going to have to execute, we're going to have to defend. It's going to be another challenging game for us, there's no doubt in my mind.
I'm confident that our leaders are going to make sure that everybody is focused, everybody is ready come puck drop.
- Vigneault on Thursday
• The Senators are 4 for 62 (6.5 percent) on the power play. Eight NHL players have more man advantage goals on the season.
The Flyers' penalty kill is 29 for its last 31 (93.5 percent) and fifth in the league at 86.3 percent.
• In November, Carter Hart is 4-0-1 with a 1.72 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.
• James van Riemsdyk has 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 35 lifetime matchups with Ottawa, matching his most points against any NHL opponent.
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