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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 / 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 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 51 17 41 11 58
C. Giroux 50 16 36 7 52
M. Streit 51 7 28 0 35
W. Simmonds 51 18 14 -3 32
B. Schenn 51 11 20 -2 31
S. Couturier 51 11 12 0 23
M. Read 51 3 15 -8 18
M. Del Zotto 39 5 12 -5 17
M. Raffl 40 12 3 6 15
V. Lecavalier 37 7 7 -9 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 11 12 6 .924 2.32
R. Emery 8 9 1 .887 3.38
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