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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Minnesota Wild

Flyers make rare visit to Minnesota as lengthy road trip continues

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 9:19 AM / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Minnesota Wild
Flyers make rare visit to Minnesota as lengthy road trip continues
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

HOME
AWAY
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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