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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Tampa Bay Lightning

Flyers look for 11th consecutive victory on home ice

Saturday, 01.11.2014 / 7:00 AM / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Flyers look for 11th consecutive victory on home ice
Philadelphia Flyers (23-17-4--50pts)
vs
  Tampa Bay Lightning (26-14-4--56pts)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

OFFICIAL NHL GAME NOTES  I PHI v TBL: A Deeper Look
1. GOING STREAKING
The Flyers have posted three consecutive victories, outscoring opponents, 11-6 in that span… They have also won seven of their last eight games and have gone 10-2-1 in their last 13 games dating back to Dec. 12… On home ice, the Flyers will be looking for their 11th consecutive victory, having not lost at the Wells Fargo Center since Nov. 7… During the 10-0-0 streak at home, the Flyers have out-scored the opposition 39-17 with only three of the 10 games being decided by one goal… All 10 wins have been in regulation which is the first time they have accomplished that since a 14-game regulation home winning streak from Feb. 10-Apr. 4, 1985… Should the Flyers win tonight it would be the first time they have won 11 straight at home in over 10 years (Oct. 27-Dec. 5, 2003)… The Flyers have also killed off 19 consecutive penalties over the last six games.

2. AGAINST THE BOLTS
The Flyers meet the Lightning for the second of three times this season and first and only time on home ice… They dropped a 4-2 game on Nov. 27 where defensemen led the way for both teams - Tampa's Victor Hedman posted two goals and an assist, while Mark Streit had a goal and an assist for the Flyers… The Lightning will be without star, Steven Stamkos, who has missed the last 27 games with a broken right tibia… Overall, the Flyers own a 42-39-8-3 mark against the Lighting, including a 20-11-7-2 record at home… This is just the third time in 21 seasons, but second straight year, that the Flyers will have only played the Lightning once on home ice - the Flyers have won at least one game on home-ice against Tampa Bay in 15 out of the 20 years of play.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
Today's game is the fifth day/morning start-time for the Flyers, who own a 2-1-1 record during the day… It is also the first of games on back-to-back days - The Flyers own a 4-4-0 record in the first game… Tampa has picked up points in nine of their past 12 games, going 8-3-1 during that stretch… Braydon Coburn is the only Flyer to have played over 1,000 minutes on the ice so far this season (Giroux is 2nd at 933) - Coburn averages 22:57 of TOI per-game… The Lightning have 12 players on their current roster that have played less than 100 career NHL games, including five that have played in 50 games or less… Former Flyers d-man Matt Carle has a five-game point streak with six assists.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Brayden Schenn (C: 10)
The younger Schenn has been on a hot-streak lately, recording at least a point in five of his last six games including four goals, two of which were game-winners… Schenn ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 28 points and third in assists (17), while being tied for the team lead (with Hartnell) in plus-minus rating (+5)… Schenn ranks second on the team with 21 of his 28 points coming at even strength… Against the Lightning, Schenn has three points, all assists, in six games against the Lightning.

5. Player to watch LIGHTNING: Ondrej Palat (LW: 18)
The 22-year-old rookie comes in with one of the highest current scoring streaks in the NHL, recording points in eight straight games with four goals and six assists for 10 points in that span… Palat has 22 points (9g-13a) appearing in all 44 games so far for the Lightning and is tied for the team lead in plus-minus (+13)… Palat has two goals in his only two games against the Flyers… He will team up with Flyers forward Jakub Voracek in the 2014 Winter Olympics after being named to the Czech Republic Team just last week.

QUOTABLE
"You got to be ready to go all the time. It's game-by-game and you can't take time off. It's too tight, so we have to be ready go on Saturday."
- Craig Berube

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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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