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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Flyers open their 46th season of play in the NHL

Wednesday, 10.2.2013 / 9:16 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Toronto Maple Leafs
FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Maple Leafs: Flyers open their 46th season of play in the NHL
Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-0)
vs
Toronto Maple Leafs (1-0-0)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

Tonight's Game Notes  I NHL.com Preview

1. LET'S GO
Tonight is the 46th season opening game for the Flyers, who own a 21-17-7 record in season opening games… They have won three of the last four season opening games with their only loss coming last year vs. Penguins… It is also the 29th time they have opened the season on home ice, they are 15-10-3 in that circumstance… The Flyers have lost the last three times they have opened the season at home… Tonight is also the 11th time the Flyers have opened the season against a Canadian team, they own a 6-2-2 record when doing so - the last time coming in 2007-08 with a 3-2 win at Calgary.

2. TONIGHT'S OPPONENT
This is only the second time in the Flyers history that they have opened their season against the Toronto Maple Leafs, winning their only meeting in 1973-74 by a 2-0 score… This is the first of three meetings on the year against the Leafs and first of two home games… The Flyers don't play the Maple Leafs again until Mar. 8 at Toronto… All-time, the Flyers own an 89-52-22-2 in 165 regular season games against Toronto and 51-23-8-0 in 82 games on home ice… Last season the Flyers went 1-2-0 against Toronto, and split decisions in this year's preseason, going 1-1-0.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
Steve Mason will get the start in net tonight for the Flyers… The Flyers will play eight of their first 12 games at home to begin the season… The Flyers posted a 1-5-1 record in the preseason, while the Maple Leafs had a 5-2-1 mark… Toronto will be playing the second half of games on back-to-back nights, earning a 4-3 win at Montreal last night… Sean Couturier led the Flyers in preseason scoring with four points (1g-3a), while Mason Raymond led the Leafs in preseason scoring with five points (2g-3a)… Only three Flyers could make their debut in Orange & Black in tonight's game (Vincent Lecavalier, Mark Streit & Hal Gill)… The Flyers had 13 different players score all 13 of their goals in the preseason.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Claude Giroux - (C) #28
Tonight is the fourth season-opening game for Giroux, who has recorded a goal in each of the last three season opening games… He posted two points (1g-1a) in two preseason games this year… Giroux has led the Flyers in regular season scoring in each of the last three seasons, averaging at least a point per-game in each of those seasons… Against the Leafs, Giroux has 16 points (5g-11a) in 17 career games, including three points (all assists) in three games last season.

5. Player to watch MAPLE LEAFS: James van Riemsdyk  - (LW) #21
The former Flyer posted the Leafs first goal of the season in last night's 4-3 win at Montreal… He appeared in five preseason games, where he recorded four points (2g-2a) with six penalty minutes and 11 shots on goal… In his three games since being traded to Toronto, van Riemsdyk has two goals against the Flyers.

QUOTABLE
"My adrenaline is probably the highest it will ever be for the opening of the season. It won't go any higher than this point."
- Zac Rinaldo

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 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
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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