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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Hurricanes

The Flyers and the Hurricanes face off tonight 7PM, at the PNC Arena.

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

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 2-0-0

All-Time Record: 133 gp (79-32-14-7)

Leading Scorers

PHI: 44pts, Voracek (14g-30a)

CAR: 35pts, Skinner (17g-18a)

Power Play: (PHI: 37-for-172, 21.5%, T-9th) (CAR: 23-for-141, 16.3%, 23rd)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 124-of-153, 80.9%, 17th) (CAR: 104-for-118, 88.1%, 1st)

 

1. SEPARATE WAYS

The Flyers come out of the All-Star break riding a three-game winning streak, allowing just three goals in the three games and outscoring their opponents, 7-3, with six of their seven goals coming at even strength… The Flyers have also gone perfect on the penalty kill in their streak, going 8-for-8… The Hurricanes on the other hand are in the midst of a five-game losing skid where they have scored just five goals in total, being outscored, 23-5, with just two of the five goals coming at even strength.

 

2. RALEIGH TIME

The Flyers face the Hurricanes for the third time this season and second and final time in Raleigh after winning the first two meetings… Of the 16 total goals scored in the season series, 12 have been scored in the second period: Carolina has scored all six of their goals in the second, while the Flyers have scored six of their 10 total goals in the second frame… The Flyers have also won five of their last six meetings against Carolina, but have dropped six of their last eight meetings playing in Raleigh, going 2-3-3.

 

3. PENALTY PHASE

The Hurricanes own the NHL's best penalty-killing unit, allowing just 14 goals on 118 attempts all season, operating at 88.1%… The Canes also rank first in the NHL in fewest penalty minutes taken, averaging just six minutes per-game and 289 total PIMs, compared to the Flyers 10.3 minutes and 516 PIMs, ranking 21st in the NHL… The Flyers are 17th in the NHL on the PK at 81.0%, but rank ninth in the NHL since Nov. 12 at 82.8 percent on the PK.

 

4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER

THIS: Shayne Gostisbehere has four goals and seven points in six career games against the Canes, three of the four goals have been game-winning goals and two have come in overtime.

THAT: Carolina is ranked first in the league in takeaways (480)… Among league defenseman, Hurricanes blueliner Jaccob Slavin is ranked first with 43 takeaways.

THE OTHER: Both teams have done very well when allowing the first goal this season, the Flyers are tied for the NHL lead with 14 wins, while the Hurricanes are tied for 3rd with 12 wins.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (RW: #17 - Wayne Simmonds)

Fresh off his NHL All-Star weekend where he was named MVP, the first Flyers All-Star MVP since Reggie Leach in 1980, he scored three goals in the 3 on 3 tournament which included the game-winner in the championship game… Simmonds has a three-game goal-scoring streak and has posted four goals in his last six games… He leads the Flyers with 21 goals, with the next closest player being Brayden Schenn with 15 goals… Simmonds has also killed the Hurricanes this season, recording four points (1g-3a) in the previous two meetings.

HURRICANES (LW: #20 - Sebastian Aho)

The 19-year-old rookie ranks third on the team in overall scoring with 26 points (12g-14a), 15 of which have come since Dec. 7, including nine of his 12 goals which lead the team since that date… He recorded two assists against the Flyers in the first meeting of the season, but went scoreless in the second.

 

TODAY AT 50

In a deal that was locally unpopular at the time it is made but would ultimately pay enormous dividends for the Flyers, Philadelphia made a three-way trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins on January 31, 1971. The Flyers sent goaltender Bernie Parent and a 1971 second-round draft pick (Rick Kehoe) to Toronto in exchange for goaltender Bruce Gamble, forward Mike Walton and a 1971 first-round draft pick (Pierre Plante). The Flyers then immediately flipped Walton to the Bruins for young forwards Rick MacLeish and Danny Schock. 

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