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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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
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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