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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs San Jose Sharks

19 days later, Flyers look for fifth straight victory as NHL games resume

Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 7:00 AM / News
Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers (30-23-6--66pts)
vs
  San Jose Sharks (37-16-6--80pts)
TIME: 7 p.m.  I  TV: CSN 
RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

OFFICIAL NHL GAME NOTES  I PHI vs SJS: A Deeper Look
1. HEY… IT'S BEEN AWHILE
The Flyers return to action for the first time after 18 days off due to the Olympic Games… They are 3-0-1 in the game following the Olympic break in the four previous seasons… Before entering the break, the Flyers won four consecutive games, out-scoring their opponent 12-4 in the process - they have also won five of their last six games… They will be looking to go undefeated in the month of February - the only other time the Flyers have gone unbeaten in the month of February was in 1976, when they went 10-0-4… The Flyers have 23 games remaining on the season, 14 of them on home-ice - they have won three straight games at home, and dating back to Nov. 9, the Flyers have gone 14-3-1 at the Wells Fargo Center.

2. HEY… IT'S BEEN EVEN LONGER
The Flyers host the San Jose Sharks for the first time in over three years, having last faced the San Jose at the Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 8, 2010, dropping a 5-4 contest in a shootout… The Flyers have also not defeated the Sharks on home ice in 13 years with their last victory coming on Dec. 21, 2000 - a 4-3 win in which Rick Tocchet had two goals and Daymond Langkow had a goal and two assists… The Flyers won the first meeting of the year against the Sharks, taking a 5-2 win at San Jose on Feb. 3, which was the first victory of any kind over San Jose since Dec. 12, 2000… The Flyers own an overall record of 14-11-4-3 against San Jose.

3. COMEBACK KIDS
The Flyers come out of the Olympic break tied for second in the NHL for the most third-period goals, scoring 67 times in the final period… The Flyers have posted a third-period goal in seven-consecutive games, recording 13 goals, which is 61.9 percent of their goals in the seven game span (13 of 21)… The Flyers have also set a new franchise record for most third period comebacks, winning 10 times so far this year when trailing at some point in the third period.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Claude Giroux (C: 28)
Working off the comeback theme, Giroux leads the Flyers in third-period goals, scoring 11 of his 19 goals (57.8%) in the final frame - his 11 third-period goals rank second in the entire NHL behind only Sidney Crosby (12)… Giroux however does lead the NHL in scoring since Dec. 11, a span of 78 days with 37 points (14g-23a) in 29 games… Giroux has a four-game point streak with three goals and seven points during that stretch… Overall this season, he leads the Flyers in points (57) which is 11th overall in the NHL, and his 38 assists are tied for 8th in the league… He also leads the Flyers with 19 goals… Against the Sharks, Giroux had a goal and two assists in the only meeting this year and has four goals and eight points in six career games over San Jose.

5. Player to watch SHARKS: Logan Couture (C: 39)
Couture is expected to return to the line-up after missing the last 16 games before the break after undergoing surgery on his right hand on Jan. 8… Before coming out of the line-up, Couture had a five-game point streak in which he posted four goals and five points in that stretch… At the time of his injury, Couture was fourth on the team in points (35) and assists (14) in 43 games, while also ranking third among all NHL players in blocked shots (49)… Couture's first game in the NHL came in Philadelphia on Oct. 25, 2009 - he has just one goal in three career games against the Flyers.

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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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