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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Detroit Red Wings

Flyers hit the midway point of road trip as they visit Motor City

Wednesday, 12.4.2013 / 7:00 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Detroit Red Wings
Philadelphia Flyers (12-13-2--26pts)
at
  Detroit Red Wings (14-7-7--35pts)
TV: NBC-SN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

GAME NOTES  I NHL.com Preview
1. MATCH UP
This is the second of three games on the season against the Red Wings and last game at Detroit, who posted a 5-2 win on Oct. 12 in the first meeting… The Flyers got shut out for the third time this season in their last game (0-2 at MIN) - In the two previous games in which they have been shut out, then bounced back to win the very next game… The Red Wings come into tonight's game on a four-game winning streak in which they have out-scored the opposition, 18-4, having scored 15 of the 18 goals while at even strength… The Flyers have dropped three of their last four games on the road, but still have an 9-4-2 mark in their last 15 games… The Red Wings are unbeaten in regulation against the Metropolitan Division, going 5-0-3 so far this season and the Flyers own a 4-5-0 mark against all Atlantic Division opponents this season.

2. THE HOME/ROAD COMPARISON
The last time these two teams met at Detroit more than once in the same season was 23 years ago during the 1989-90 season… The Flyers haven't had nearly the amount of success at home than it has at Detroit - The Flyers have won seven straight games when playing the Red Wings in Philly, but have lost nine of their last 10 games when playing in Joe Louis Arena… Overall, they are 37-13-11-0 at home & 19-35-10-0 at Detroit in their history… The Flyers have won only one time (Jan. 2, 2011) at Detroit in the last 24 years (since Nov. 4, 1988)… The Flyers own an all-time winning record against the Red Wings, going 56-48-21-0 in 125 meetings.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
The Red Wings will likely be without their top 2 scorers - Henrik Zetterberg is out of the lineup (Herniated Disc in Back) and Pavel Datsyuk (Head)… The Flyers could be without their leading goal scorer, Vinny Lecavalier (Back Spasms - day-to-day)… The Flyers penalty kill has been perfect over the last three games, going 13-for-13 in that stretch, while the Red Wings PK has been perfect over their last four games, going 10-for-10…  The Red Wings have not lost in regulation in any one-goal game this season, going 7-0-7… Detroit has taken the fourth fewest penalty minutes in the NHL (8.9 per game).

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Steve Mason - (G) #35
Should Mason get the start, he will be looking for his 10th win of the year… He has a 9-8-2 record to go along with a 2.09 goals-against average and .934 save percentage… He has won his last two starts, stopping 59 of 62 shots he has faced, including all three players he has faced in a shootout… Since Nov. 9, Mason has appeared in eight games, going 6-1-1 and posting a 1.72 goals-against average and .945 save percentage… Against the Red Wings, Mason owns an 8-10-2 record with three shutouts and a 2.84 GAA in 20 appearances.
 
5. Player to watch RED WINGS: Nicklas Kronwall - (D) #55
Kronwall ranks second on the team in assists (18) and is tied for fourth in overall points (21) - his 18 assist also tie for fourth among all NHL defensemen… He is riding a six-game point streak in which he has nine points (2g-7a) in that span, including three-straight multi-point games… In six of those nine games, Kronwall has over 24 minutes of ice-time, including two 26-minutes contests… Kronwall factored into three of the Red Wings goals against the Flyers, posting a goal and two assists in their 5-2 win on Oct. 12… In seven career games against the Flyers, Kronwall has five points (2g-3a).

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"We have to start bearing down and start hitting the net, take [the goaltender's eyes away] and start converting on those second and third opportunities."
- Wayne Simmonds

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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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