Flyers News and Notes
Monday, 04.10.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
- The Flyers have a 42-24-11 record for 95 points through 77 games. They are second in the Atlantic Division, fifth in the Eastern Conference and ninth overall in the NHL. The Flyers have clinched a playoff spot for the 11th consecutive season.
- The Flyers have won at least 40 games for the sixth consecutive season and for the ninth time in 10 seasons. The Flyers are on pace to record 100 points for the third consecutive season and for the fifth time in six seasons. The Flyers have finished in first or second place in the Atlantic Division for the last 10 seasons (winning the Division Championship five times).
- The Flyers have five games left in the regular season, including two at home and three on the road. All five games left are against Atlantic Division opponents.
- The Flyers have a 20-13-6 record for 46 points through 39 home games and a 22-11-5 record for 49 points through 38 road games. Their 49 points earned in road games is tied for fourth most in the NHL. The Flyers have a chance to break the team record for most wins in road games in a season (24 in 2002-03) and to tie the team record for most points in standings earned in road games (55 in 2002-03).
- The Flyers have a 37-21-9 record against Eastern Conference opponents and 16-7-4 record against Atlantic Division opponents this season.
- Left wing Simon Gagne is tied for 27th in the NHL in scoring with 76 points, is tied for sixth in the NHL in goals with 44 and is tied for seventh in the NHL in plus/minus with a +30 rating, despite missing 10 games due to injury this season. His 44 goals this season and his 76 points this season are new career highs. He is third in the NHL in goals per game, averaging 0.66 goals per game this season.
- Center Peter Forsberg is tied for ninth in the NHL in assists with 55, despite missing 19 games due to injury. Forsberg is third in the NHL in assists per game (Forsberg = 0.95 assists per game; behind San Jose's Joe Thornton at 1.12 assists per game and Ottawa's Jason Spezza at 1.06 assists per game).
- Defenseman Joni Pitkanen is tied for 20th among defensemen in scoring with 43 points (12G,31A). He has set new career highs for goals (8, 2003-04), assists (19, 2003-04) and points (27, 2003-04) in a season, despite missing 24 games due to injury. Pitkanen ranks fifth among defensemen in points per game at 0.81 points per game.
- Gagne leads the team in goals (44), points (76), plus/minus (+30), game-winning goals (7) and shots (310). He is tied for first on the team in power play goals with 12.
- Forsberg leads the team in assists with 55.
- Right wing Mike Knuble is the only Flyer to appear in all 77 of the team's games this season. Knuble has set new career highs for goals in a season (33), assists in a season (31) and points in a season (64).
- The Flyers are only one of two teams in the NHL (Anaheim) with three players ranked among the top 21 rookies in points (Jeff Carter - 11th with 38 points, R.J. Umberger - tied for 17th with 34 points and Mike Richards - 21st with 33 points).
- 13 rookies have played for the Flyers this season (Jeff Carter, Ben Eager, Matt Ellison, Josh Gratton, Randy Jones, Freddy Meyer, Antero Niittymaki, Alexandre Picard, Ryan Potulny, Mike Richards, Stefan Ruzicka, Wade Skolney, R.J. Umberger). The 13 rookies have combined to record 59 goals and 145 points. Their 59 goals are the most by the team's rookies since the 1993-94 team's rookies scored 52 goals. The team record for most goals by rookies in one season is the 96 goals scored by the rookies on the 1983-84 Flyers. Their 145 points are the most by the team's rookies since the 1992-93 team's rookies recorded 149 points. The team record for most points by rookies in one season is the 258 points recorded by the 1983-84 Flyers.
- Goaltender Antero Niittymaki is tied for third among rookie goalies is wins with 22. Niittymaki's 22 wins are the most by a Flyers rookie goaltender since Brian Boucher won 20 games during the 1999-2000 season.
- The Flyers lead the NHL in man-game lost due to injury at 368.
Games This Week:
- Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, April 11: This is the eighth and final game between these two teams this season. The Flyers have won five of the first seven games of the series (5-1-1 record). The Flyers' Simon Gagne (6G,6A) and Peter Forsberg (2G,10A) and the Penguins' Sidney Crosby (6G,6A) each have registered 12 points in the season series. The game is on OLN and WIP 610-AM, starting at 7:00 p.m.
- Flyers at New Jersey Devils on Thursday, April 13: This is the seventh of eight games between these two teams this season. The Flyers and Devils have split the first six games, with the Flyers losing both games played in New Jersey. Thursday's game is on Comcast SportsNet and WIP 610-AM, starting at 7:30 p.m.
- Flyers vs. New York Rangers on Saturday, April 15: This is the eighth and final game between these two teams this season. The Rangers lead the season series, winning four of the first seven games, including all three games played in Philadelphia. Four of the seven games played this season have been decided in overtime (with each team winning two games). The Rangers' Jaromir Jagr leads all players in series scoring with 15 points (9G,6A) in seven games. The game is on NBC and WIP 610-AM, starting at 2:00 p.m.
- Flyers at New Jersey Devils on Sunday, April 16: This is the eighth and final game between these two teams this season. The Flyers and Devils have split the first six games, with the Flyers losing both games played in New Jersey, prior to the April 13 game. Sunday's game is on Comcast SportsNet and WIP 610-AM, starting at 1:00 p.m.