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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Washington Capitals

Flyers host Caps in home-and-home finale as trade deadline looms

Wednesday, 03.5.2014 / 8:06 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Washington Capitals
Philadelphia Flyers (32-24-6--70pts)
VS
  Washington Capitals (29-23-10--68pts)
TIME: 8 p.m.  I  TV: NBC-SN 
RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

OFFICIAL NHL GAME NOTES  I PHI vs WSH: A Deeper Look
1. YOU AGAIN?!
The Flyers will face the Capitals in the second of their home-and-home series, which began with a 5-4 comeback win in OT on Sunday… Both teams own a 2-1-1 record in the season series with tonight being the fifth and final meeting of the season between the two clubs… The Flyers have won the last two meetings against the Caps… The two teams have combined for seven or more goals in each of the four meetings so far… The Capitals have scored 13 of their 17 goals, and the Flyers have scored 11 of their 14 goals in the second and third periods… Jakub Voracek (4g-2a) & Claude Giroux (3g-3a) each have six points in the season series, while Joel Ward (3g-3a) and Nicklas Backstrom (2g-4a) each have six points for the Caps in the series… Tonight is also the 199th all-time meeting against the Capitals (104-68-19-7) and 102nd meeting on home ice (62-31-6-2).

2. FRESH FACES IN NEW PLACES
(* As of 9 a.m. on Mar. 5)
The Flyers will have a new look on the blue line with newly acquired defenseman Andrew MacDonald coming over in a trade with the NY Islanders yesterday… MacDonald currently leads all NHL players this season in blocked shots (198)… He led the Islanders defense in scoring with 24 points (4g-20a), which is three shy of his career-high of 27 points in 2010-11, and led all Islanders in time-on-ice, averaging 25:25 per-game… The Capitals come into today's game with a new look as well after acquiring 6-4, 247-lb forward Dustin Penner who posted 32 points (13g-19a) in 49 games for Anaheim… The Caps also acquired forward Chris Brown, defenseman Rostislav Klesla from Phoenix, with forwards Martin Erat & John Mitchell going over to the Coyotes.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
The Flyers are winners of two straight games and six of their last seven contests and have scored three goals or more in five of those games… The Flyers have now scored at least a goal in the third period in 10 straight games, posting 17 goals, which is 51.5 percent of their goals in the 10-game span (17 of 33) and are tied for second in the NHL for most goals scored in the third period (71)… Despite the loss on Sunday, the Capitals did earn a point in the standings and remain two points behind the Flyers in the playoff chase - the Caps have earned at least a point in the standings in nine of their last 11 games, going 7-2-2… The Caps have scored four or more goals in four of their last five games.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Vincent Lecavalier (C: 40)
Lecavalier's game-winner over the Caps in OT on Sunday was his second goal in as many games… He also has a three-game point streak with three points (2g-1a) and has found the scoresheet in six of his last eight games, recording three goals and three assists for six points in that stretch… He is tied for second on the Flyers in power-play goals scored this season (7)… Lecavalier has had a lot of success against the Caps after all those years playing in the old Southeast Division - he has 35 goals and 36 assists for 71 career points in 79 games against Washington.

5. Player to watch CAPITALS: Troy Brouwer (RW: 20)
Brouwer posted an assist in the Caps last game, giving him points in four of his last five games recording five goals and six points in that span… Brouwer ranks third on the Caps with 16 goals on the season with half of his goals coming on the power-play, which is second on the team… Against the Flyers, Brouwer has nine points (2g-7a) in 14 career games… He also was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks team that won the Stanley Cup over Philadelphia in 2010.

SCHEDULE

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 53 16 29 -8 45
J. Voracek 53 8 35 -3 43
W. Simmonds 53 20 16 -7 36
B. Schenn 51 15 15 1 30
S. Gostisbehere 35 9 20 4 29
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 51 9 9 -5 18
M. Raffl 53 7 7 5 14
S. Laughton 52 4 10 -7 14
M. Del Zotto 51 4 9 -8 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 13 14 7 .917 2.65
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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