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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Washington Capitals

Flyers look to avenge shootout loss in second game of home-and-home stand

Monday, 12.16.2013 / 7:00 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Washington Capitals
Philadelphia Flyers (14-15-4--32pts)
vs
  Washington Capitals (18-12-3--39pts)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

GAME NOTES  I NHL.com Preview
1. YOU AGAIN?
The Flyers play the back end of their home-and-home series against the Capitals tonight… The Flyers have won the second game in four of their last five home-and-home series dating back to 2010, with three of the victories decided by a 2-1 score… This is the third of five games against the Caps this season - they are one of only two teams (Pittsburgh) that the Flyers will play five times this season… Joel Ward (3g-2a) and Nicklas Backstrom (2g-3a) each have five points in two games of the season series against the Flyers… Tonight is a meeting among the top penalized teams in the NHL as Washington ranks 27th with 13.8 PIMs per-game and the Flyers are 30th with 18 PIMs per game.

2. HOME-SWEET-HOME… FOR NOW
After playing nine of their last 11 games away from the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers will play three of their next four games on home ice… They are riding a six-game winning streak at home, out-scoring their opponent, 22-9, including winning back-to-back one-goal games… Claude Giroux has posted a point in five of his last six home games, recording four goals and seven points in that span… Steve Mason has gone 5-0-0 with a 2.33 GAA and .924 save percentage in that span… The Flyers have not allowed a goal on the power play in their last three games on home ice, going 10-for-10 in that stretch, with the last PPG allowed coming on Nov. 21 against the Buffalo Sabres in the first period.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
The Capitals have had their last three games decided by a shootout and lead the NHL with most shootouts on the year (11) and shootout victories (8)… Washington has gone 5-for-13 (38.4%) on the power-play in their last three games, and have recorded a PPG in five of their last six… After going past regulation play just once in their first 18 games on the season, the Flyers have played over 60 minutes four times in the last 15 games, including twice in the last four games… The Flyers are 8-9-1 in games following a loss of any kind, and 1-2-0 in games after an overtime or shootout loss.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Michael Raffl - (RW) #12
Raffl is coming off a three point game against the Caps, recording three assists on the four Flyers goals… He has points in three of his last four games, recording six points (2g-4a) in that span… Raffl has been playing on the top line with Giroux and Voracek in the last two games… It is his first season in the NHL… He averages just under 13 minutes per game (12:58).
 
5. Player to watch CAPITALS: Alex Ovechkin - (C) #8
For the second straight game, Ovechkin is the Caps player to watch being the NHL's leading goal scorer with 27 goals in 31 games, including the game-tying-goal in the final minute of play against the Flyers on Sunday… He also leads the NHL in power-play goals (11) and shots on goal (164)… He is fifth among NHL forwards in time-on-ice (21:28) per game and recorded over 25 minutes (25:08) on Sunday against the Flyers… Lifetime, Ovechkin has 26 goals and 41 points in 30 games against the Flyers.

QUOTABLE
"We have to forget about it and focus in on tomorrow because we have another game - a huge one."
- Jakub Voracek

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 51 16 28 -6 44
J. Voracek 51 8 34 -1 42
W. Simmonds 51 18 16 -6 34
B. Schenn 49 14 15 -1 29
S. Gostisbehere 33 9 18 4 27
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 50 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 51 4 10 -6 14
M. Del Zotto 49 4 9 -9 13
M. Raffl 51 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .916 2.69
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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