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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
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.

QUOTABLE
"We've had a tough time going into that building. It's a tough building to play in. We have to be ready to go. Ready to be competitive. Ready to do things right. That's the only way you have a chance to win."
- Craig Berube

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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