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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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