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5 THINGS: Wild vs. Flyers

Flyers come back home to Philly tonight to face the Minnesota Wild.

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

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series (2015-16): 2-0-0

All-Time Record: 19 gp (12-5-1-1)

Leading Scorers: PHI: 16pts, Giroux (4g-12a) | MIN: 11pts, Staal (5g-6a) & Suter (3g-8a)

Power Play: (PHI: 16-for-55, 29.1%, 2nd) (MIN: 6-for-37, 16.2%, 19th)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 37-of-48, 77.1%, 26th) (MIN: 31-for-35, 88.6%, T-5th)

 

1. SECOND END SUCCESS

The Flyers play the second of games on back-to-back nights, to which they are unbeaten in regulation this season, going 3-0-1 in that scenario… This is also the fifth set of back-to-backs for the Flyers and in each second game, their opponent has not played the night before… Mark Streit leads the Flyers with five points playing in the second game of back-to-backs with a goal and four assists.

 

2. GOING WILD

The Flyers are 8-2-0 against the Wild on home ice, outscoring Minnesota by a 34-17 margin… they went 2-0 against Minnesota last year with both games decided by one goal… With the Wild being tonight's opponent, the Flyers will have played six games against Western Conference opponents in their first 16 games (1-3-1), while the Wild will have played eight Eastern Conference opponents (4-2-1) in their first 13 games.

 

3. A TALE OF TWO D

The Wild have given up the fewest amount of goals in the NHL so far this season (24) and an average of 2.00 GA/GP, while the Flyers have allowed the most goals allowed (56) and average 3.73 GA/GP… The Flyers defense posted three points in last night's game at Toronto - they continue to have the most points of any defense in the League, recording 46 points with 10 goals and 36 assists.

 

4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER

THIS: Flyers have recorded a power-play goal in four straight games (5-for-14) and eight of their last nine games (12-for-33).

THAT: Goaltender Devan Dubnyk has played 10 of the 12 games so far for Minnesota, posting a 6-3-1 record, but an impressive 1.51 GAA and .951 save percentage.

THE OTHER: Minnesota has four of its seven victories when they allow the first goal of the game, while the Flyers have three of their six wins when their opponent scores first.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (LW: #10 - Brayden Schenn)

Schenn has all nine of his points this season in his last nine games, recording two goals and seven assists… All nine of his points have also come playing at home… He averages a point per-game against the Wild, the only NHL team in which he does so, but he also has no goals against, posting seven assists in seven games.

WILD (D: #20 - Ryan Suter)

The Wild defenseman not only is tied for the team lead in scoring with 11 points (3g-8a), but he ranks second among all players in the league in average time-on-ice, logging over 27 minutes per-game (27:18)… Suter logged over 31 minutes of TOI in the Wild's 4-2 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday (31:17) and has recording over 28 minutes of TOI in a game five times this season.

 

TODAY AT 50

On Nov. 12, 1998, The Flyers swap fan favorite players, trading two-way left winger Shjon Podein to the Colorado Avalanche for agitating power forward Keith Jones.

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