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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Washington Capitals

Downie debuts and Ovechkin out as Flyers host Capitals

Friday, 11.1.2013 / 7:00 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Washington Capitals
FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Washington Capitals: Downie debuts and Ovechkin out as Flyers host Capitals
Philadelphia Flyers (3-8-0--6pts)
vs
  Washington Capitals (5-7-0--10pts)
TV: CSN RADIO: 93.3 WMMR

  GAME NOTES  I NHL.com Preview


1. THE RIVALRY
This is the first of five meetings of the season against the Caps and first of three on home ice and the 100th meeting on home-ice for the Flyers against the Capitals (61-30-6-2)… The Caps will be without their leading scorer, Alex Ovechkin, who is sidelined with an upper-body injury… Last season, the Flyers went 2-1-0 against the Caps, winning the last two meetings, both of which were at home… The Flyers own a 6-3-1 record on home ice against the Caps since the 2008-09 season… Following tonight's game, the Flyers will play five of their next seven games on the road.

2. BATTLE OF THE PK'S
The Flyers and Caps come into tonight's game as two of the best penalty-killing teams in the NHL… The Flyers are ranked 6th in the NHL on the penalty kill at 84.4 percent (38-for-45) and the Caps own the NHL's 2nd best penalty kill at 90.7 percent (39-for-43)… The Flyers have not allowed a goal on the PK in their last 12 times shorthanded over the last five games, while the Caps are perfect on the penalty kill over their last seven games, going 24-for-24 during that stretch.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
Steve Downie will make his debut tonight since being acquired from the Avalanche yesterday - As a rookie, Downie posted 12 points (6g-6a) in 32 games with the Flyers in 2007-08… This is the fifth and final game of the Caps road trip in which they are 2-2-0, however they have had the last three days off from game action… Claude Giroux has posted an assist in five of his last six games, including his last two - he has six assists in that span… Matt Read has a three-game goal-scoring streak - he has had only one four-game span in which he has scored a goal, which was a 5-game goal-scoring streak in 2011-12 (Nov. 13-21)… The Flyers have scored 50% of their goals (10 of 20) in the first period.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Vincent Lecavalier - (C) #40
For the second straight game Lecavalier is your player to look out for… He has scored in two straight games, posting four goals in that span… He has five goals in his first eight games this season, marking the first time he has done that since the 2008-09 season… Lecavalier leads the team in points (7) and goals (5) and second in shots on goal (26) having played just eight games so far… Against the Caps, he has 34 goals and 70 points in 77 career games.

5. Player to watch CAPITALS: Nicklas Backstrom - (C) #19
Backstrom ranks second on the team in scoring with 12 points and is tied for the team lead in assists (10)… He has seven of his 12 points on the power-play (1ppg-1ppa)… Against the Flyers he's had plenty of success… In his career, Backstrom averages over an assist per game and 1.52 points-per-game with nine goals and 23 assists in just 21 games against the Flyers.

QUOTABLE
"Its the fans. It's very exciting, even as a road team, to play. It's very intimidating. It's an exciting place to play."
- Steve Downie on playing in Philadelphia

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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