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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Chicago Blackhawks

Flyers play road trip finale against defending Stanley Cup champs

Wednesday, 12.11.2013 / 7:00 AM / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Chicago Blackhawks
Flyers play road trip finale against defending Stanley Cup champs
Philadelphia Flyers (13-14-3--29pts)
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  Chicago Blackhawks (22-6-5--49pts)
TV: NBC-SN RADIO: 93.3 WMMR

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1. END OF THE ROAD... FOR NOW
The Flyers play their sixth and final game of their 13-day road trip tonight - they have changed time zones five times over the course of the trip and will have flown 5,629 miles once they return home to Philadelphia tonight… The Blackhawks come into tonight having won two straight games by a combined score of 12-4, and have also won eight of their last 11 games… The Blackhawks are unbeaten in regulation against the Eastern Conference this year, going 8-0-2, including a perfect 3-0-0 against the Metropolitan Division… The Blackhawks play the second half of games on back-to-back nights after a 6-2 win at Dallas - they are 5-0-2 in the second game, while the Flyers play the first game of back-to-backs, taking on the Montreal Canadiens at home on Thursday - The Flyers are 2-3-0 in the first game of back-to-backs and have won the last two games in that scenario.

2. FLYERS-HAWKS
The Flyers own a record of 18-4-3 in their last 25 games against the Blackhawks dating back to the 1992-93 season… This is the first meeting in Chicago since the 2010-11 season and just the fourth meeting in the last 10 seasons at Chicago… The Flyers have won three of the last four meetings on the road against the Blackhawks, dating back to the 2002-03 season and five of the last seven in Chicago since the 1997-98 season… The Flyers don't have a good overall record against the Blackhawks in Chicago, posting a 17-27-19-0 record in 63 regular season games, but have a 55-43-30-0 mark against the Blackhawks in 128 overall contests.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
Claude Giroux has seven points, all assists, in four career games against the Blackhawks… Ray Emery is unbeaten in regulation against his former team, going 2-0-1 with a 1.99 GAA and .929 save percentage… Both Blackhawks goaltenders are currently out of the line-up due to injury (Corey Crawford & Nikolai Khabibulin) - Rookie Antti Raanta is 4-0-1 in six NHL appearances, while back-up Kent Simpson has yet to play in the NHL… Chicago is 17-0-3 when they score the first goal and a perfect 12-0-0 when leading after the first period… The Flyers are the NHL's most penalized team, ranking 30th with 17.6 minutes per-game, while the Blackhawks are the 2nd least penalized team with an average of 8.5 minutes per game… There are only four players remaining on the Flyers active roster that played in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final against the Blackhawks (Hartnell, Giroux, Coburn & Timonen), while the Blackhawks have nine players.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Sean Couturier - (C) #14
Couturier leads the Flyers on this road trip with six points (3g-3a) in the five games, while also recording at least a point in seven of his last 11 games, posting 11 points (5g-6a) dating back to Nov. 19… This will be Couturier's second career game against the Blackhawks - he posted an assist in his only meeting.
 
5. Player to watch BLACKHAWKS: Patrick Kane - (C) #88
Patrick Kane ranks second overall in the NHL in points (40), is tied for fourth in the NHL in goals (17) and tied for second in game-winning goals (5)… He was named the NHL's First Star of the Month for November after posting a career-high 12 game point streak with 17 points (8g-9a) from Nov. 3-27… He currently has at least a point in six straight games, averaging two points-per-game in that span with 12 points (2g-10a) and has points in 18 of his last 19 games, posting 29 points (10g-19a) during that stretch.

QUOTABLE
"Tomorrow's just another game. I think you can't get too caught up in past experiences. You just have to live in the moment and realize you're playing against the a good team."
- Ray Emery

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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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