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5 THINGS: Blue Jackets vs. Flyers

The Flyers and the Blue Jackets face off this afternoon 12:30 PM, at the Wells Fargo Center.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 0-2-1

All-Time Record: 27 gp (9-10-4-4)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 60pts, Voracek (19g-41a)

CBJ: 61pts, Atkinson (34g-27a)

Power Play: 

(PHI: 53-for-273, 19.4%, T-13th) 

(CBJ: 41-for-207, 19.8%, 12th)

Penalty Kill: 

(PHI: 194-of-242, 80.2%, T-19th) 

(CBJ: 178-for-216, 82.4%, 10th)

 

1. TWO AT HOME; TWO ON ROAD

The Flyers wrap up their 2016-17 season with their 18th set of back-to-back games this weekend both on home ice… It's the first set of back-to-backs the Flyers are playing both games at home since Feb. 21-22, 2015… The Flyers 18 back-to-backs are tied for the third most in the NHL this season and they play one of the two teams that have more back-to-backs, as the Blue Jackets play their 19th set this weekend, both of which on the road… The Flyers own an 10-7-0 record in the first game, while the Blue Jackets are 12-4-2.

 

2. THE HOME FLIGHT

The Flyers have won five straight games on home ice bringing their home record to 24-11-4… One more victory would give them the most wins at home in 14 seasons, since 2000-01 when they had 26 wins… During the five-game streak, the Flyers have outscored the opposition, 19-8… Of their 19 goals, 14 have been scored at even strength (including one empty-netter), while five have come on the power-play… The line of Sean Couturier, Dale Weise and Brayden Schenn have combined for eight of the 19 goals and 20 points during the five-game homestand, with Couturier leading at eight points (2g-6a).

 

3. DOWN JACKETS

Columbus enters today's game on a five-game winless skid, going 0-4-1, and losing their last four contests… Columbus has scored just nine goals, averaging 1.80 goals in that span, while at the same time averaging 34.4 shots per-game… The Blue Jackets have also gone 12 straight games without scoring on the power-play with their last PPG coming against the Flyers on Mar. 13.

 

4. LOOKING FOR ONE

In the fourth and final meeting of the season against the Columbus, the Flyers are looking to avoid a series sweep for the first time since the Blue Jackets entered the Metropolitan Division and the teams played each other more than one time per season… Seven different Blue Jackets account for the eight goals scored in the series with Cam Atkinson scoring twice, while Seth Jones leads the team with three points (all assists)… Travis Konecny and Brayden Schenn have scored the only goals in the season series with two goals apiece… Sergei Bobrovsky is 3-0-0 with a .955 save percentage and 1.31 GAA against the Flyers this season.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (LW: #10 - Brayden Schenn)

Schenn comes into today's game riding a nine-game home point streak with his last scoreless game at home coming on Feb. 11 vs. Sharks… In that nine-game span, he has recorded five goals and six assists for 11 points… Since Jan. 1, Schenn leads the team in scoring with 31 points (15g-16a) in 42 games.

BLUE JACKETS (C: #89 - Sam Gagner)

Gagner leads the Blue Jackets during their five-game winless skid with four assists… He has had a resurgence this year, his first with the Blue Jackets, recording 18 goals and 49 points, both of which tie his career high, and are 33 points more than what he had with the Flyers last season… His 49 points are the most since he had the same amount in his rookie season (2007-08).

 

TODAY AT 50

On April 8, 2000… The next-to-last day of the regular season - Boucher turned in a stellar performance in a 3-0 victory over the Boston Bruins at the First Union Center (now Wells Fargo Center). The game was a scoreless deadlock for two periods before the Flyers broke loose for three goals -- Mark Eaton (1st), Mark Recchi (27th) and John LeClair (empty netter for his 40th of the season) -- in the final stanza. Boucher turned back all 24 shots he faces to earn the fourth shutout of his rookie season.

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