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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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 64 19 46 6 65
C. Giroux 63 18 42 2 60
W. Simmonds 64 25 18 -2 43
M. Streit 64 9 32 -5 41
B. Schenn 64 12 23 -6 35
S. Couturier 64 13 16 2 29
M. Del Zotto 52 8 17 -6 25
M. Read 64 6 18 -9 24
M. Raffl 49 14 5 6 19
V. Lecavalier 46 7 10 -9 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 8 .924 2.27
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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