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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 / News
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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
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 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 65 19 46 6 65
C. Giroux 64 18 42 1 60
W. Simmonds 65 26 18 -1 44
M. Streit 65 9 33 -5 42
B. Schenn 65 12 23 -6 35
S. Couturier 65 13 16 4 29
M. Del Zotto 53 9 17 -3 26
M. Read 65 6 20 -7 26
M. Raffl 50 15 5 6 20
V. Lecavalier 46 7 10 -9 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 13 13 8 .926 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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