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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at San Jose Sharks

Flyers wrap up California road trip looking for a rare win in San Jose

Monday, 02.3.2014 / 7:00 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at San Jose Sharks
Philadelphia Flyers (27-23-6--60pts)
at
  San Jose Sharks (35-15-6--76pts)
TIME: 10:30 p.m. ET  I  TV: TCN 
RADIO: 93.3 WMMR

OFFICIAL NHL GAME NOTES  I PHI at SJS: A Deeper Look
1. COMING INTO TONIGHT
The Flyers come in winners of two of their last three with both victories coming in the form of a shutout by goaltender Steve Mason… The Flyers own a 6-4-0 record against the Pacific Division, while the Sharks own a 3-2-1 mark against the Metropolitan Division… The Sharks come into tonight's game having dropped three of their last four, but snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 shootout win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks… San Jose also had a six-game win streak prior to their recent stretch of losing three of their last four, and have gone 13-4-0 in their last 17 games.

2. TURNED AWAY IN SAN JOSE
This is the first of two meetings between the teams… The Flyers visit San Jose for the first time since Feb. 28, 2012, a 1-0 loss … The Flyers have have not won in San Jose in 13 seasons, going 0-5-1 with the last victory coming on Nov. 5, 1999, a 3-1 win… The Flyers have also not beaten the Sharks overall in their last 13 tries - home or away - they have gone 0-8-2-3 with their last victory coming on Dec. 12, 2000… Prior to this current winless skid, the Flyers owned a 13-3-2-0 record against the Sharks from the team's expansion in 1991-92 thru 2000-01.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
The Flyers rank fourth in the NHL in scoring third-period goals (60), while the Sharks are tied for second in first-period goals scored (56) and have allowed the least amount of first-period goals scored (30)… The Flyers have scored on the power-play in six straight games, going 6-for-18 (33.3%) - its the second time they have done that this season, posting an eight-game streak from Nov. 12-27… The Sharks have the third-best penalty kill on home ice this season, allowing just nine goals on 79 attempts (88.6%) and are tied for fourth among the NHL's least penalized team, averaging 9.1 minutes per-game, while the Flyers are the NHL's most penalized teams at 15.5 minutes per-game… The Sharks have had six of their last eight games decided by one goal, winning five of those six games… San Jose is 24-2-5 when they score the first goal… Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi is a perfect 1-0-0 against the Flyers with his only regular season game against the club being a shut out… Sharks center Joe Thornton and defenseman Dan Boyle each scored their first NHL goal against the Flyers.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Claude Giroux (C: 28)
The Flyers captain has been leading by example - he is coming off a goal and an assist in the club's 2-0 win at LA, and over the last four games, has posted six points (3g-3a)… Giroux also has 10 points (4g-6a) in his last eight games and since scoring his first goal of the season on Nov. 9, Giroux is tied for fourth overall in the NHL in scoring with 45 points (17g-28a) in that stretch… Giroux leads the team in points (52) and ranks second in goals (17)… Against the Sharks, Giroux averages a point-per-game with three goals and five points in five career games.

5. Player to watch SHARKS: Joe Pavelski (C: 8)
Pavelski leads the Sharks and is tied for third among all NHL players with 29 goals on the season, which is two shy of his career-high, and 10 of his 29 goals have come on the power-play… He ranks second on the team in scoring with 54 points in 56 games… Lately Pavelski has struggled - after posting seven goals and 10 points in a five-game span from Jan. 16-25, he has recorded just one goal in his last four games… Pavelski is also a point-per-game player against the Flyers - he has six points (3g-3a) in six career games.

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- Craig Berube

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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