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5 THINGS: Panthers vs. Flyers

The Flyers and the Panthers face off tonight 7:00PM, at the Wells Fargo Center

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

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 2-0-0

All-Time Record: 91 gp (50-29-7-5)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 51pts, Voracek (17g-34a)

FLA: 43pts, Trocheck (22g-21a)

Power Play: (PHI: 46-for-211, 21.8%, 8th) (FLA: 34-for-206, 16.5%, 25th)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 153-of-188, 81.4%, 14th) (FLA: 160-for-187, 85.6%, 3rd)

 

1. THE AFTERMATH

Some slight changes to both teams who play their first game after yesterday's trade deadline… The Flyers will play tonight's game without alternate captain, Mark Streit, who was dealt to the Lightning and then the Penguins, while welcoming center Valtteri Filppula, who has seven goals and 27 assists for 34 points in 59 games, while averaging 17:30 of ice time… The Panthers acquired sniper Thomas Vanek early in trade deadline day and brings 15 goals and 38 points in 49 games to Florida's lineup.

 

2. GET TO THE POINT

Tonight's game has important points on the line in a close playoff push for both teams… The Panthers sit one point out of the final wild card position with 20 games remaining and are just four points out of the third position in the Atlantic Division race… The Flyers trail the final wild card by four points, also with 20 games remaining… A quick look at the Wild Card Race is as follows:

  1. NYR: 82 pts, 19 games remaining

  2. TOR: 69 pts, 20 games remaining

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  3. NYI: 68 pts, 21 games remaining

  4. FLA: 68 pts, 20 games remaining 

  5. TBL: 66 pts, 20 games remaining

  6. PHI: 65 pts, 20 games remaining

3. FEELING SWEEPY

This is the third and final meeting of the year against Florida and with the Flyers earning the first two wins they are looking for the second all-time sweep of the Panthers in a season series and first sweep since the 2005-06 season when they went 4-0-0… Wayne Simmonds has killed the Panthers this year, recording three goals and four points in two games, while Steve Mason has a 1.44 GAA and .964 save percentage in the series… Despite losing the first two games, the Panthers have outshot the Flyers by an 83-53 margin.

 

4. POWER PLAYING

Both teams come into tonight's game hot on the man advantage… The Flyers have recorded a goal on the power play in four of their last five games (6-for-15, 40.0%), while also posting nearly 50 percent of their goals on power-play in that stretch… The Flyers are ranked second in the NHL with the most power-play goals (46) and have the top two players in the NHL in power-play goals scored (#1. Schenn-14, #2. Simmonds-13)… The Panthers have recorded a goal on the power play in each of their last four games

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (RW: #10 - Brayden Schenn)

Schenn is currently riding a five-game point streak in which he has recorded three goals and three assists for six points… A point in tonight's game would give him a new career-high scoring streak… Schenn is fourth on the Flyers with 41 points and ranks second with 19 goals… Of his 41 points, 25 have come on the power play - Schenn is tied for third in the entire NHL with 25 power play points.

PANTHERS (C: #11 - Jonathan Huberdeau)

In just 11 games since returning from injury that caused him to miss 51 games, including both meetings against the Flyers this season, Huberdeau is averaging a point per-game with 11 points (4g-7a), including two game-winning goals… The 3rd overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, and Calder Trophy winner for the 2011-12 season, comes into tonight with points in three straight games… Against the Flyers, he has seven points (4g-3a) in 10 career meetings.

 

TODAY AT 50

On March 2, 1990… Flyers Hall of Fame left winger Brian Propp was one of the franchise's iconic players of the 1980s was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a 1990 second-round pick. A member of three teams that reached the Stanley Cup Final, Propp amassed 40 or more goals four times and had four seasons of 90 to 97 points… He finished his Flyers career with 849 points, which ranks third all time in franchise history and second all-time in both goals (369) and assists (480).

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