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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Flames

The Flyers and the Flames face off tonight 9:30PM, at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

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

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 1-0-0

All-Time Record: 116 gp (59-41-12-4)

Leading Scorers

PHI: 47pts, Voracek (14g-33a)

CGY: 38pts, Backlund (15g-23a)

Power Play: (PHI: 40-for-192, 20.8%, 10th) (CGY: 39-for-188, 20.7%, 11th)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 137-of-170, 80.6%, 18th) (CGY: 164-for-204, 80.4%, 19th)

 

1. OH CANADA

The Flyers head out on their three-game trip through Western Canada after wrapping up a five-game homestand… The Flyers have not had much success on this trip the last two seasons, going 0-2-1 each year for a combined 0-4-2 mark, but went a perfect 3-0-0 in 2013-14… After dropping the first four games, the Flyers have won seven straight games against teams from Canada, posting a record of 7-3-1 against Canadian teams.

 

2. FEELING SWEEPY

This the second and final meeting of the year against the Flames with the Flyers looking to sweep Calgary for the first time since 2013-14… The Flyers won the first game, 5-3, on Nov. 27 in Philly with a total of 75 shots recorded (PHI: 43 | CGY: 32)… The Flyers received all five goals from different players as four players recorded two points (1g-1a - Simmonds, Voracek, Lyubimov & VandeVelde)… The Flames defense had five points as TJ Brodie recorded (1g-1a), Dougie Hamilton (2a) and captain Mark Giordano had one helper.

 

3. WILD FINISH

Both teams enter tonight in a fight for their conference's wild card… The Flyers earned a 2-1 OT win over the Sharks in their last game and are now two points back of the final wild card position… The Flyers are coming off a five-game homestand and now play eight of their next 11 games on road… The Flames recently came off their bye week and dropped their first game, 5-0, to Arizona but still have won four of their last six games to come within one point of the final wild card in the West.

 

4. A LOT ALIKE

The Flyers are ranked 10th in the NHL on the power play at 20.8 percent, while the Flames are right next to them at 11th at 20.7 percent… The Flyers have scored 40 goals on the power-play, which is third in the NHL, while Calgary has 39 goals, which is tied for fourth… The two teams are right next to each other on the penalty kill as well… The Flyers are ranked 18th, killing off 80.6 percent, while the Flames have killed off 80.4 percent and are ranked 19th… The Flames lead the NHL in most times shorthanded, giving up 204 power-play chances to their opponent and rank 30th in average penalty minutes per-game at 11.5 PIMS.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (RW: #17 - Wayne Simmonds)

Simmonds comes into this game on a two-game goal-scoring streak and leads the team with 23 goals, seven more than the next closest Flyer (Schenn, 16)… His 40 points rank third on the team and he is six goals shy of 200 in his NHL career… Against the Flames, he posted the game-winning goal and added an assist in their first meeting of the year and has 12 points (4g-8a) in 19 career meetings.

FLAMES (LW: #13 - Johnny Gaudreau)

The south-jersey native is in his third full season with the Flames and has been on the NHL's mid-season All-Star team in all three years… At 5-9, 157 pounds, Gaudreau ranks second on the team in scoring with 35 points (11g-24a) in 47 games… He also loves playing against the Flyers, averaging over a point per-game with six points (1g-5a) in four career meetings with a +3 rating. 

 

TODAY AT 50

On February 15, 2007… Flyers traded veteran superstar center Peter Forsberg, who was an impending unrestricted free agent, to the Nashville Predators. In return, the Flyers received speedy and aggressive young winger Scottie Upshall, defense prospect Ryan Parent (both first-round picks) plus the Predators' 2007 first-round pick. After the season, the Flyers would soon flip the Predators' first-round pick back to Nashville in exchange for the rights to impending free agent defenseman Kimmo Timonen and left winger Scott Hartnell. 

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