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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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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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