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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Flyers open up crucial home-and-home series against rival Penguins

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 7:00 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Flyers open up crucial home-and-home series against rival Penguins





The Flyers open up a home-and-home series against Penguins on back-to-back days this weekend… Today is the third of five meetings on the year against the Penguins and second and final time on home ice for the Flyers… The Flyers are 1-1-0 against Pittsburgh, dropping the first meeting at home, 4-1 on Oct. 17, and earning a 2-1 win at Pittsburgh on Nov. 13… The Flyers have dropped their last three meetings at home and have been out-scored by the Penguins, 12-6… At Pittsburgh however, the Flyers own a 7-2-0 mark over the last four seasons since the opening of the Pens new building, the CONSOL Energy Center… Today is the 267th all-time meeting against the Penguins with the Flyers owning a 143-85-30-8 record against Pittsburgh, including an overall mark of 92-29-8-4 mark in 133 games in Philadelphia.




Both teams come into today's game with a full three-day break in game action, having last played on Tuesday… For the Flyers it was their last break of 2 or more days in between games with 17 games in 30 days, and 14 of their remaining 17 against teams that currently hold a playoff spot… The Penguins have only one instance in which they have two days in between games from now until the end of the season (Apr. 10-11) but also have 17 games in 30 days… The Flyers have dropped two straight games, but have won eight of their last 12 games, going 8-3-1… They have also won five of their last seven games at home, going 5-2-0… The Penguins come into today riding a three-game winning streak, but have not scored more than three goals in their last six games.




The Flyers own a 6-3-2 record in starts of 3 pm or earlier, while the Penguins have a 4-1-0 in five day games thus far… The Penguins come into today's game as the No. 1 ranked power-play AND No. 1 ranked penalty kill in the NHL… On the man-advantage, the Penguins have gone 5-for-17 (29.4%) in their last five games and operate at 25.3%, scoring 55 goals on 217 opportunities, while killing off 87.1% of times shorthanded, allowing 26 goals on 201 attempts and killing off 19 of their last 20… The Flyers enter their 12th set of games on back-to-back days - they own an overall record of 12-10-0, including a 5-6-0 record in the first game and 7-4-0 mark in the second game… The Pens have an overall record of 17-6-1 in back-to-backs - posting an 8-3-1 mark in the first meeting and 9-3-0 record in the second game.
 




The Flyers captain has points in four of his last five games, recording eight points (4g-4a) in that stretch, and has also recorded at least a point in eight of his last 10 games with seven goals and eight points in that span… Giroux is tied for the NHL lead among all players (with Sidney Crosby) since Dec. 11 in scoring with 45 points (18g-27a) in 35 games, which has included 14 multi-point games… He continues to lead the Flyers in total points (65), goals (23) and assists (42), while leading the forwards in time-on-ice per game (20:37)… Against the Penguins, Giroux has nine goals and 21 points in 25 career games. Crosby comes in as the NHL's leader in points (88), 15 more than the next closest player (Kessel & Getzlaf - 73) and assists (57) to go along with 26 multi-point games out of 65 games this season … Crosby has points in each of his last three games with two goals and five points in that span… He is second among all forwards in the NHL in time-on-ice, averaging over 22 minutes per-game (22:02)… Crosby also has recorded at least a point in 23 of 25 Metropolitan division games, including a 15-game point streak in which he has 27 points (11g-16a) for an average of 1.8 points per game… Against the Flyers, Crosby has 30 goals and 74 points in 45 career games.


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 75 21 53 7 74
C. Giroux 74 22 46 1 68
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 75 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 75 13 17 1 30
M. Read 73 7 22 -7 29
M. Del Zotto 57 9 19 -5 28
M. Raffl 60 19 6 6 25
V. Lecavalier 51 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 10 .926 2.25
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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