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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Boston Bruins

Flyers look to snap three-game skid as they host the Bruins in a matinee

Saturday, 01.25.2014 / 7:00 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Boston Bruins
Philadelphia Flyers (25-21-6--56pts)
vs
  Boston Bruins (31-15-3--65pts)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

OFFICIAL NHL GAME NOTES  I PHI vs BOS: A Deeper Look
1. COMING INTO TODAY
Today is the seventh day/morning start-time for the Flyers, who own a 2-2-2 record in that category, while the Bruins play their ninth day game, owning a 6-1-1 mark… The Flyers come into tonight having dropped three straight games and have gone 2-4-2 in their last eight overall, however in that stretch, the Flyers have recorded a power-play goal in six of those eight games, going 23.3 % (7-for-30)… The Flyers have given up 30 or more shots in each of their last three games and five of their last seven contests… The Bruins come into tonight's game after a four-day break in game action, having last played on Monday, a 3-2 win vs. LA… Boston has dropped four of it's last seven games, going 3-3-1 in that span.

2. THE RIVALRY
This is the first of three meetings against the Bruins and first of two meetings at home against Boston… Last season, the Flyers went 2-1-0, winning both games on home ice and outscoring the Bruins 8 to 3 at home last season… The Bruins are tied for third in the NHL in third-period goals (57), while the Flyers are tied for fifth (54)…  All-time, Boston is one of only two teams (Montreal) in which the Flyers have an all-time record under .500, and the only team the Flyers have a losing record on their home ice, just two games shy of the .500 mark at 37-39-10-3.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
The Bruins lead the Eastern Conference and are tied for the NHL lead for fewest goals against, having given up 106 goals for an average of 2.2 per-game… Tuukka Rask leads all NHL goaltenders in shutouts with five and ranks third overall in save percentage (.929)… Steve Mason is 17-5-5 in his last 28 appearances and has just five regulation losses since November 2… Mason also has a 3-0-1 mark with a 1.48 GAA and .957 save percentage, having given up only six goals in four career appearances against the Bruins… Claude Giroux has posted nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points in the last 20 games… Three players from each team today will be teammates at the 2014 Winter Olympics (Kimmo Timonen & Tuukka Rask - Finland; Andrej Meszaros & Zdeno Chara - Slovakia; David Krejci & Jakub Voracek - Czech Republic).

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Mark Streit (D: 32)
Streit has recorded at least a point in four of his last seven games, posting a goal and four assists for five points… He leads all Flyers defensemen in goals (6), assists (18) and points (24) and ranks fourth overall on the team in average time-on-ice per-game (20:14)… Streit has had a good amount of success against the Bruins in his career, posting  24 points (1g-23a) in 34 career games.

5. Player to watch BRUINS: Brad Marchand (LW: 63)
Marchand is the hottest player in the NHL over the last four games - he has six goals and seven points in that span… He leads the Bruins with 16 goals, including five game-winning-goals and leads all NHL players with four shorthanded goals this year… Marchand ranks third on the team in plus-minus at plus-16, while averaging under 16 minutes of time-on-ice per-game (15:57)… Against the Flyers, Marchand has seven points (3g-4a) in 13 games.

QUOTABLE
"[They are] really good teams that we're playing and we have to take that as a challenge. We can't be scared, we can't be 'oh no, look who we're playing', we have to have a good attitude and it's a chance for us to work on our game."
- Claude Giroux

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 53 16 29 -8 45
J. Voracek 53 8 35 -3 43
W. Simmonds 53 20 16 -7 36
B. Schenn 51 15 15 1 30
S. Gostisbehere 35 9 20 4 29
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 51 9 9 -5 18
M. Raffl 53 7 7 5 14
S. Laughton 52 4 10 -7 14
M. Del Zotto 51 4 9 -8 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 13 14 7 .917 2.65
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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