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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Ducks

The Flyers and Ducks face off tonight 8:00PM, at the Honda Center.

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

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 0-1-0

All-Time Record: 31gp (10-12-5-4)

Leading Scorers: PHI: 35pts, Voracek (11g-24a) | ANH: 31pts, Kesler (12g-19a)

Power Play: (PHI: 29-for-133, 21.8%, 6th) (ANH: 30-for-123, 24.4%, 2nd)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 91-of-113, 80.5%, 20th) (ANH: 111-for-136, 81.6%, 15th)

 

1. END OF A LONG ROAD

The Flyers wrap up their post-holiday road trip and fourth straight road game tonight… They are winless in their last three, going 0-3-0… The Flyers have not dropped four straight games yet this season, with their last losing skid of four or more coming at the beginning of last season when they went 0-4-2 from Oct. 27-Nov. 5… Other than the Winter Classic in 2010, this is the first Flyers game played on New Year's Day since 1983 and the eighth in franchise history - the Flyers are 4-1-2 in their previous seven.

 

2. WELCOME HOME

The Ducks return home for a five-game homestand after a stretch where they played eight of their last nine on the road, including their last two contests… Anaheim has dropped four of it's last five games, going 1-1-3, with three losses in overtime, including their last game, which they surrendered a 2-0 lead only to lose in OT to Vancouver… However, the Ducks have won four of their last five home games, earning points in all five by going 4-0-1 and own an overall 10-4-2 mark at the Honda Center.

 

3. COAST TO COAST

The Flyers play their 18th game against a Western Conference opponent and will have played nearly 50 percent of their games against the West this year (46.1%)… Tonight's game also marks the 11th of their last 17 games the Flyers have faced off against the West, but after tonight's game, the Flyers will play 12 of their next 13 games against the Eastern Conference, including seven in their own division… The Flyers have a 9-6-2 record against the West, but own a 3-4-1 mark on the road… The Ducks own an 8-6-4 record against the East and are 4-2-1 at home against teams from the East.

 

4. ORANGE & BLACK vs. ORANGE & BLACK

This is the second and final meeting against the Ducks this year with the Flyers looking to avenge a 3-2 loss in their home opener on Oct. 20… The Flyers have not fared well against the Ducks as of late, going winless in their last seven meetings (0-5-2)… The Flyers have 12 of their 20 wins in one-goal games, which ranks third in the NHL, while the Ducks have eight losses in overtime, which is tied for the NHL lead.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (C: #28 - Claude Giroux)

Claude Giroux leads the Flyers with nearly a point per-game against the Ducks with 11 points (2g-9a) in 12 games… Eight of those 11 points have come on the power play… Giroux is tied for second on the Flyers in scoring with 31 points (10g-21a) with nearly half of his points coming on the power play (15), which is tied for fourth overall in the NHL in scoring on the man advantage… Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Giroux has missed just five games, appearing in 327 of 332 games.

DUCKS (RW: #10 - Corey Perry)

Perry ranks second on the team with 29 points (7g-22a) having played in all 38 games… He has points in two straight games and three of his last four contests… Perry averages over a point per-game against the Flyers with 16 points in 14 games, and has scored four of his five goals against the Flyers in his last seven games, also recording nine points in that stretch (4g-5a).

 

TODAY AT 50

On January 1, 2010… The Flyers played in the third ever NHL Winter Classic game when they took on the Bruins at Fenway Park in Boston… The Flyers did not trail the Bruins at any point in regulation but dropped a 2-1 overtime decision 

After a scoreless first period, Flyers defenseman Danny Syvret opened the scoring at 4:42 of the second period with his first NHL goal… The Flyers carried the 1-0 lead until time ticked down to 1:18 left in the third period. Former Flyers right winger Mark Recchi broke up Michael Leighton's shutout bid and tied the game.

Boston eventually won the game in overtime off a goal from Marco Sturm and the Flyers settled for one point from the regular season game.

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