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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
Philadelphia Flyers (3-8-0--6pts)
vs
  Washington Capitals (5-7-0--10pts)
TV: CSN RADIO: 93.3 WMMR

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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 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 49 16 27 -3 43
J. Voracek 49 8 33 3 41
W. Simmonds 49 18 16 -4 34
B. Schenn 47 14 15 -1 29
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
S. Gostisbehere 31 8 16 4 24
M. Read 48 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 49 4 10 -6 14
M. Raffl 49 6 6 4 12
M. Del Zotto 47 3 9 -8 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 12 6 .916 2.71
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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