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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Minnesota Wild

Flyers make rare visit to Minnesota as lengthy road trip continues

Monday, 12.2.2013 / 9:19 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Minnesota Wild
Philadelphia Flyers (12-12-2--26pts)
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  Minnesota Wild (15-8-5--35pts)
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GAME NOTES  I NHL.com Preview
1. MATCH UP
This is the first of two meetings on the year with Minnesota with both meetings coming in December (Dec. 23 at PHL)… The Flyers play in Minnesota for the first time since Nov. 24, 2010 (a 6-1 win)… In fact, this is just the sixth meeting ever with the Wild in Minnesota since the team began play in 2000-01, with the Flyers owning a 2-2-1 record… Overall against the Wild, the Flyers own an 8-3-1-1 record in 13 meetings… The Flyers have outscored the Wild 38-20 all-time, including an 11-2 advantage in the last two games… Braydon Coburn has five points (2g-3a) in seven career games against Minnesota, while goaltender Ray Emery has never lost in regulation to the Wild, going 4-0-1 in five appearances with a 2.32 GAA… For the Wild, Dany Heatley averages over a point-per-game in his career against the Flyers, posting 18 goals and 31 points in 28 games.

2. LATELY…
The Wild have gone unbeaten in regulation this season against the Metropolitan Division, going 3-0-1 and posting an 8-3-2 record against the Eastern Conference… The Flyers have a 3-3-1 mark against the Western Conference and are unbeaten in regulation against the Central Division, going 2-0-1… The Flyers come in having won eight of their last 11 games, going 8-2-1 with five of the victories coming by two goals or more… The Wild and Flyers had the exact same record in the month of November (9-4-2)… A win tonight by the Flyers, combined with a regulation loss by the NY Rangers and any loss by the NJ Devils and the Flyers will be in a tie for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
The Wild have a 10-3-2 record on home ice this season… They also have an 8-2-0 record when their opponent out-shoots them… Minnesota has dropped four straight games heading into tonight, going 0-3-1, however before that, the Wild went 12-2-2 to earn 26 out of 32 points… Nine out of the last 12 Wild games have been decided by one goal… The Flyers have recorded a power-play goal in six of their last seven road games, having their six-game streak snapped in Nashville - overall, they have posted a power-play goal in eight of their 12 road games, going 9-for-40 (22.5%) and ranking 5th in the NHL.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Sean Couturier - (C) #14
This will be Couturier's first game in the building in which he was drafted by the Flyers in 2011… Couturier has goals in back-to-back games for the Flyers and has recorded over 20 minutes of ice time in the last two contests… He also has at least a point in five of his last seven games, recording three goals and six points in that span… Couturier ranks second on the team (only to Timonen) in shorthanded time-on-ice (86:20) an average of 3:19 per game… In just one game against Minnesota, Couturier has one goal.

5. Player to watch WILD: Zach Parise - (C) #11
Parise leads the Wild in scoring with 23 points (11g-12a) and is tied for 2nd in the NHL in shots (113)… He has posted at least a point in 10 of his last 14 games, posting 14 points (5g-9a) in that stretch… Parise has faced the Flyers more times than any other player on the Wild's current roster, recording 36 points (18g-18a) in 40 regular season games, all with the New Jersey Devils - this is his first game against the Flyers with Minnesota.

QUOTABLE
"It looks like we’re getting back on track here. We’ve had a couple of big wins at home and on the road. Going to Minnesota is not going to be easy. They’ve been playing very well this year. We’ll have to be ready for that.
- Claude Giroux

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 53 16 29 -8 45
J. Voracek 53 8 35 -3 43
W. Simmonds 53 20 16 -7 36
B. Schenn 51 15 15 1 30
S. Gostisbehere 35 9 20 4 29
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 51 9 9 -5 18
M. Raffl 53 7 7 5 14
S. Laughton 52 4 10 -7 14
M. Del Zotto 51 4 9 -8 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 13 14 7 .917 2.65
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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