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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Washington Capitals

Flyers travel to DC to face Capitals in second of back-to-backs

Sunday, 03.2.2014 / 7:31 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Washington Capitals
Philadelphia Flyers (31-24-6--68pts)
AT
  Washington Capitals (29-23-9--67pts)
TIME: 12:30 p.m.  I  TV: NBC 
RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

OFFICIAL NHL GAME NOTES  I PHI @ WSH: A Deeper Look
1. COMING INTO TODAY
The Flyers come into today's game playing the second of games on back-to-back days - they own a 6-4-0 record in the second half of back-to-backs, but have dropped the last two times in that scenario… The Flyers are 6-2-0 in their last eight games and have recorded three goals or more in six of those eight games… The Capitals come into today on a season-high, four-game winning streak where they have out-scored their opponent, 16-8… Washington is 7-2-1 in its last 10 games and has averaged 3.70 goals per game during that span… The Caps have scored three or more goals in over half of their games (34 times), going 26-4-4 when doing so… After Saturday's win over the Rangers, the Flyers improved their record to 5-3-2 in starts of 3 pm or earlier.

2. FACING THE CAPS
Today is the fourth of five meetings against the Caps and final meeting in Washington… It is also the second home-and-home series the two teams will have played against each other as the Flyers will host the Caps at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday… The Flyers own a 1-1-1 record this season against the Caps after splitting wins in mid-December and earning the win in the last meeting (5-2 on Dec. 17)… The Capitals have earned a point in 15 of their last 19 games against the Flyers, going 10-4-5 in that time, and seven of the last 14 games between the teams have gone past regulation play… Jakub Voracek leads the Flyers with three goals in the season series, while Nicklas Backstrom has six points (2g-4a) in three games against the Flyers this season… Caps goaltender Braden Holtby has won six of his last seven games.

3. A TALE OF TWO PERIODS
The Flyers have given up seven goals in the second period over the last two games, while the Capitals have scored four goals in the second period in their last two games… The Caps have scored 72 goals in the second period this season, which is tied for third in the NHL… The Flyers have scored a goal in the third period now in nine consecutive games, recording 15 goals, which is 53.6 percent of their goals in the eight-game span (15 of 28) and are third in the NHL for most goals scored in the third period (69).

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Wayne Simmonds (RW: 17)
Simmonds currently has a four-game point and assist streak going with five points in the four-game span… He is tied for the Flyers lead in goals (19 - with Giroux) and ranks second on the Flyers in points (45), which is four shy of his career-high in points over his six-year career… Simmonds' 26 assists ranks second on the team as well and is a new career high… Four of his last six goals have come on the power-play… Against the Capitals, Simmonds has seven points (3g-4a) in 14 games. 

5. Player to watch CAPITALS: Alex Ovechkin (C: 8)
Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 43, which is 10 more than the next closest player (Kessel - 33)… He also leads the NHL with 17 goals on the power play… Ovechkin is fifth in the NHL in points (65) and has recorded a point in four straight games, posting four goals and seven points in that span… Since the start of the New Year, Ovechkin has gone just four games without recording a point, finding the scoresheet in 15 of 19 games… Against the Flyers, Ovechkin has 26 goals and 42 points in 31 career games, including two goals in two games in the season series this year against the Flyers.

SCHEDULE

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 51 16 28 -6 44
J. Voracek 51 8 34 -1 42
W. Simmonds 51 18 16 -6 34
B. Schenn 49 14 15 -1 29
S. Gostisbehere 33 9 18 4 27
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 50 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 51 4 10 -6 14
M. Del Zotto 49 4 9 -9 13
M. Raffl 51 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .916 2.69
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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