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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Los Angeles Kings

Flyers put five-game winning streak on the line as Richards, Carter return

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 9:12 AM / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Los Angeles Kings
Flyers put five-game winning streak on the line as Richards, Carter return




The Flyers will be looking for their sixth straight win in a span of 10 days… They have won five straight games, four of which against teams with 90 points or more in the standings… It is the longest win streak of the season for the Flyers and longest streak since they posted seven straight wins from Dec. 2-15 in 2011-12… During this current streak, The Flyers have out-scored their opponent, 19-8, gone 26.3% on the power-play (5-for-17) and killed off 95% (20-of-21) penalties… Claude Giroux leads the team, and tied for the NHL lead, with nine points (1g-8a), while Wayne Simmonds leads the Flyers with five goals, three of which are on the power-play… Steve Mason is 4-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .948 save percentage, stopping 110 of 116 shots.




The Kings come into tonight having won two straight games and 10 of their last 13 games, going 10-3-0 with all three of their losses coming by one goal in that stretch… They have also won five straight games on the road, out-scoring their opponent, 18-9… The Kings have scored a power-play goal in eight of their 10 games in March, going 8-for-32 (25%) and 89% on the penalty kill (25-for-28)…  Jonathan Quick is 8-2-0 in his last 10 games, posting a 1.39 GAA and .942 save percentage with two shutouts… Anze Kopitar has 15 points in the last 14 games, recording six goals and nine assists in that span.




This is the second and final meeting of the season against the Kings and first on home-ice… The Flyers shut out LA on Feb. 1, 2-0, with goals from Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux, while Steve Mason made 35 saves… This is the first meeting between the two teams in Philadelphia since Oct. 15, 2011, a 3-2 OT loss… The Flyers have had a lot of success at home against LA, earning at least a point in the standings in 11 of their last 12 games dating back to 1993-94, going 9-1-2… The Flyers own a 42-16-7-2 record at home against the Kings and will be going for their 84th overall victory against Los Angeles, owning a 83-37-15-3 lifetime record… The Flyers have recalled forward Tye McGinn as Steve Downie is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
 




Simmonds is coming off of back-to-back multi-point games, and three multi-point games in his last four contests, while posting at least a point in four of his last five games for five goals and eight points in that span… He has 11 points (6g-5a) in 10 games during March and since Feb. 1, has averaged over a point per game with 16 points (7g-9a) in 15 games… Simmonds is tied for the team lead in goals (24) and leads the Flyers in power-play goals (13) which is also tied for 2nd among all NHL players… He has set new career highs in points (54) and assists (30) this season… Simmonds scored his 100th NHL goal in the last meeting against the Kings (Feb. 1) and in two games against his former club, has two points (1g-1a). Tonight marks the first time Carter will play against his former team at the Wells Fargo Center since being traded on June 23, 2011 to the Columbus Blue Jackets… Carter leads the Kings in goals (24) and ranks second in scoring with 45 points in 61 games… He has 11 points in his last 14 games, posting four goals and seven assists, and has 33 points (17g-16a) in his last 40 games… Carter also helped Team Canada win a gold medal in his first Olympics this past February… As a Flyer, Carter posted 181 goals and 162 assists for 343 points in 461 games over six seasons with the Flyers (2005-11).

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 62 19 45 4 64
C. Giroux 61 18 41 2 59
W. Simmonds 62 24 18 -2 42
M. Streit 62 8 32 -4 40
B. Schenn 62 12 23 -3 35
S. Couturier 62 12 14 -2 26
M. Del Zotto 50 7 17 -7 24
M. Read 62 5 18 -9 23
M. Raffl 47 13 3 4 16
V. Lecavalier 44 7 9 -9 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 11 13 7 .925 2.26
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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