Can the Flyers avoid their first sweep to the Capitals since the 2006-07 season?
The Philadelphia Flyers (36-31-8, 80 points) will face the Washington Capitals (43-24-8, 94 points) for the fourth and final time this season.
The Flyers enter Sunday seven points out of the wild card chase behind the Montreal Canadiens with seven games remaining in the regular season for both teams.
Other games vital to the Flyers' playoff chances:
• Montreal at Carolina, 7 p.m.
• Columbus at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Let's take a look at today's essentials:
• When: 12:30 p.m. EST
• Where: Capital One Center
• Broadcast: NBC
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
• After Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Islanders, head coach Scott Gordon now has the same number of regulation losses (15) and overtime losses (4) as Dave Hakstol had this season. However, Gordon has amassed twice as many wins (24 to Hakstol's 12).
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Gordon mentioned that an element of fatigue has set in with a bug spreading its way throughout the locker room, coupled with the Flyers' high level of play since mid-January.
"I think that we just need to dig down and we all have more, we all have better, and including myself. I think we just all need to dig down deeper." - Flyers goaltender Carter Hart.
• Over their past five games the Flyers have allowed an average of 42 shots per game. It's their most allowed over a five-game stretch this season.
• Claude Giroux comes into Sunday's game with a five-game point streak after adding an assist in a 4-2 loss to the Islanders Saturday.
With that point, Giroux topped 60 assists for the third time and hit the 80-point mark for the fourth time in his 12-year career.
Since 2011-12, only Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby has more 80-point seasons (6) than Giroux, who's tied with Toronto's John Tavares.
• With his goal on Saturday, defenseman Robert Hägg extended his career-best season with five goals and 19 points, more than double his rookie season total of eight points.
• Over the Flyers last eight games the penalty kill has successfully killed off 22 of 23 power play opportunities. Against the Islanders, it was exceptionally good, successfully killing all five chances including 2:35 of a 5-on-3 advantage.
• For winning the 2018 Stanley Cup Championship, the Washington Capitals will visit the White House Monday. Goaltender Braden Holtby and forward Brett Connolly have declined the invitation and will not join their teammates.
Oskar Lindblom - Sean Couturier - Claude Giroux
James van Riemsdyk - Nolan Patrick - Jake Voracek
Ryan Hartman - Scott Laughton - Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl - Corban Knight - Justin Bailey
Ivan Provorov - Travis Sanheim
Shayne Gostisbehere - Philippe Myers
Robert Hägg- Radko Gudas
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