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FIVE THINGS: Bruins vs. Flyers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers are riding a three-game overall winning streak and a five-game winning streak on home ice… They are looking to win their fourth straight overall for just the second time all season (Nov. 27-Dec. 4) and their sixth straight win on home ice for the first time since 2013-14 when they had an eight-game streak from Nov. 9-Dec. 19, 2013… The Bruins enter tonight’s game on a skid - having dropped seven of their last nine games, posting a record of 2-6-1… At 47 points, the Bruins are in the final wild card position in the East and four points ahead of the Flyers having played one more game… The Flyers are one of five teams within four points of the final wild card that the Bruins currently hold.

The Bruins own the NHL’s best power play at over 28 percent (28.1), going 32-for-114, and have recorded a goal on the power play in 22 of their 41 games… Their 114 power-play opportunities are the second fewest in the entire league and they have had the least amount of power-play time of any NHL team thus far (173:58)… The Flyers have recorded a goal on the power play in four of their last seven games, but have gone two straight without a goal on the man advantage… The Flyers have killed off 10 straight penalties dating back to the last two penalties vs. Kings on Jan. 2.

The Flyers have a 2-2-0 record on Wednesday night hockey, winning the first two games but dropping the last two meetings… This is the second of three meetings against the Bruins and first of two on home ice… The Flyers have dropped three straight at the Wells Fargo Center against the Bruins with their last win coming on Apr. 23, 2013… The Flyers earned a come from behind, 5-4 overtime win, in the last meeting at Boston on Oct. 21… Claude Giroux had the game-tying and game-winning goal for the Flyers in that victory… He has a three-game scoring streak against the Bruins, recording four points (3g-1a) in that span… Tuukka Rask has just one regulation loss to the Flyers in his career, going 9-1-2 with a 2.07 GAA and .929… David Krejci is currently on the Bruins injured reserve - he averages over a point per-game against the Flyers with 28 points (5g-23a) in 27 games.

Sean Couturier has a three-game goal-scoring streak, scoring a goal in all three games and has five points in that stretch… He has recorded a goal in four of his last five games and six of his last 10 games… Since Dec. 15, Couturier leads the Flyers in goals (6), points (12) and plus-minus (+12) in 10 games… Couturier left the last meeting with the Bruins after the first period after taking a hit from Zac Rinaldo that caused him to miss the next six games… In his career, Couturier has just three points (1g-2a) in 14 games against Boston.

Spooner comes into tonight recording at least a point in five of his last six games, posting a goal and six assists for seven points… The 23-year-old is in his third full season with the Bruins after being drafted in the second round (45th) in the 2010 NHL Draft and has recorded new career highs in every offensive category: goals (9), assists (20) and points (29) not to mention games played (41)… Five of his nine goals have come on the power play and three have been game-winning goals… He has one assist in three career outings vs. Flyers.


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