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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





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 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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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