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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 ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs San Jose Sharks
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 - 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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Gostisbehere 6 1 1 0 2
B. Schenn 6 0 2 2 2
W. Simmonds 6 0 2 -1 2
S. Gagner 6 0 2 1 2
J. Voracek 6 1 0 -1 1
M. Raffl 6 1 0 0 1
R. White 6 1 0 0 1
C. VandeVelde 6 1 0 -1 1
A. MacDonald 6 1 0 0 1
B. Manning 6 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 2 1 0 .981 0.67
S. Mason 0 3 0 .852 4.09
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