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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Flyers open their 46th season of play in the NHL

Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 9:16 AM / 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

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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