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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Los Angeles Kings

Flyers look to rebound against strugging Kings in a Saturday matinee

Saturday, 02.01.2014 / 7:00 AM / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Los Angeles Kings
Flyers look to rebound against strugging Kings in a Saturday matinee
Philadelphia Flyers (26-23-6--58pts)
at
  Los Angeles Kings (30-20-6--66pts)
TIME: 4 p.m. ET  I  TV: CSN 
RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

OFFICIAL NHL GAME NOTES  I PHI at LAK: A Deeper Look
1. STORYLINES...
This is the eighth day/morning start time for the Flyers who own a 2-3-2 record in that scenario… The Flyers have dropped their last three games on the road and five of their last six games, going 1-4-1… The Flyers have scored a goal on the power-play in five consecutive games, going 5-for-16 (31.2%) and also posted a goal on the man-advantage in 11 of their last 14 contests, going 12-for-52 (23.1%)… Today is the first game that Jeff Carter will be playing against the Flyers since being traded nearly three years ago, while it is also the first game that Brayden Schenn will be playing against the Kings… Former Flyer Justin Williams has the most points of any player on the Kings roster against the Flyers in his career, posting 14 points (7g-7a) in 19 games… Ray Emery owns a 2-0-1 record with a 1.35 GAA and .955 save percentage against the Kings in his career.

2. AN LA STORY
The Kings come into tonight's game having dropped seven of their last eight games, including their last two… During that eight-game span, LA has scored just 10 goals, averaging 1.25 goals-per-game, and have scored just three goals in their last five games…  Since Dec. 23, the Kings have posted a 5-12-2 record… Goaltender Jonathan Quick has appeared in 13 of the Kings last 14 games… The Kings are undefeated, in any fashion, when leading after the second period, going 16-0-0, this season… LA has allowed two goals or fewer in 30 of the last 41 games.

3. THE SERIES…
This is the first of two meetings against the Kings this season (Mar. 24 at PHI)… This is also the first meeting at Los Angeles in three years with the last game coming on Dec. 30, 2010 when current LA center Mike Richards led the Flyers with four points (2g-2a) in a 7-4 victory over the Kings… The Flyers are 3-0-1 over the last nine years at LA, with the last Kings victory in regulation coming on Oct. 21, 2003 (4-0)… All-time, the Flyers own a 40-21-8-1 record in Los Angeles and an 82-37-15-3 mark since the two teams joined the NHL together in 1967.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Jakub Voracek (RW: 93)
Voracek has posted two points, both assists, in his last three games, but went scoreless at Anaheim on Thursday - he has not gone two straight games without a points since the beginning of the month (Dec. 31-Jan. 2)… Voracek has 11 points (5g-6a) in 15 games on the month… He ranks second on the team in assists (24) and tied for second in overall points (38 - with Simmonds)… Against the Kings, Voracek has three goals and seven points in 13 career games.

5. Player to watch KINGS: Anze Kopitar (C: 11)
The Kings have posted just three goals in their last five games - and all three goals have come from Kopitar… He has points in eight of the last 12 games, recording eight points (3g-5a)… Kopitar leads the Kings in scoring with 43 points, ranking second in goals (16) and assists (27)… He is tied for the team lead in game-winning-goals (5) and is third on the squad in time-on-ice per-game (21:11), which leads all forwards and ranks seventh in the NHL among all forwards… Against the Flyers, Kopitar has a goal and four assists in eight career games.

QUOTABLE
"I was cast in a different role [with the Kings] and the Flyers gave me an opportunity to be an offensive player and I've just tried to run with it."
- Wayne Simmonds

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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