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FIVE THINGS: Ducks vs. Flyers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

On February 9, 1966, exactly 50 years to this day, the National Hockey League officially awarded Ed Snider and the City of Philadelphia an expansion franchise that would later become known as the Philadelphia Flyers… Since then, the Flyers have played in 3,769 regular season games and have 1,877 victories for an overall record of 1,877-1,304-457-131… They have scored 12,458 goals and allowed 10,951 goals against… Bob Clarke is the club’s all-time leader in  points (1,210), assists (852) and games played (1,144), while Bill Barber leads in goals (420), Tim Kerr leads in power-play goals (145), and Rick Tocchett leads in penalty minutes (1,817)… Ron Hextall leads the club all-time in wins by a goaltender (240) and games played (489), while Bernie Parent leads in all-time shutouts (50).

The Flyers open up a three-game homestand tonight, after which they will go on a five-game road trip… The Flyers own a 12—7-6 record at home but have won only once in their last five games, going 1-2-2… The Flyers have earned a point in the standings in four of their last five games (3-1-1) and in 10 of their last 14 games (8-4-2), and are five points out of the final wildcard in the Eastern Conference… The Flyers have outscored their opponent 15-8 in the third period in their last 12 games, and have scored at least one third period goal in 11 of their last 12 games… This is the first time the Flyers have hosted a Western Conference teams since Dec. 21 (4-3 W vs. STL)… They have won three straight home games against the West and have earned at least a point in five straight (3-0-2).
The Ducks come into tonight’s game playing the second of a seven-game, 12-day road trip, playing the first last night and taking a 6-2 loss at Pittsburgh… Anaheim began the 2015-16 season dropping nine of their first 10 games, going 1-7-2 in October, but have rebounded since… They have won six of their last seven games (6-1-0), eight of their last 10 (8-2-0) and gone 13-4-1 in the last 18 games since the Christmas holiday break to move into playoff position in third place in the Pacific Division… The Ducks have the NHL’s #1 penalty kill across the board: home (88.7%), road (89.6%) and overall (89.1%)… Corey Perry leads the Ducks in goals (21) and has five goals and nine points in his last nine games… Andrew Cogliano is the NHL's reigning “ironman” with 673 consecutive games played, having never missed a game in his NHL career dating to Oct. 4, 2007.
Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has an eight game point streak, which is the most by a rookie since Mikael Renberg had a 10-game streak in 1993-94 - Gostisbehere has two goals and nine assists for 11 points… It’s the longest point streak from a rookie this season, surpassing Connor McDavid’s seven-game streak from Oct. 17-29, and he has tied the overall NHL lead with assists in seven straight games… Gostisbehere now ranks fourth on the team in goals (9) and third overall in assists (18)… He went scoreless in his only meeting against the Ducks. The Ducks captain leads the team in assists (31) and is tied for the overall team lead in scoring with 36 points in 47 games… He posted a goal and an assist in last night’s loss at Pittsburgh, and now has points in 10 of his last 12 games, recording 13 points (2g-11a) in that stretch… Against the Flyers, Getzlaf averages over a point per-game pace with five goals, eight assists for 13 points in 11 games, including a goal and an assist in the first meeting of the year.

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