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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Boston Bruins

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers posted a 3-3-2 mark in the preseason while the Bruins had a 3-2-2 record… The Flyers and Bruins were the top two teams in the preseason on the power play (BOS: 28.6%, 6-for-21; PHI: 27.3%, 9-for-33), while the Flyers tied for the most power-play goals in the NHL during the preseason (with Carolina)… Mark Streit led all defensemen in the preseason in scoring, and tied for second in the NHL, with eight points (2g-6a) in four games… Patrice Bergeron tied for second in NHL preseason scoring with four goals in four games.

The Flyers open up their 47th season of play in the NHL tonight and own a 21-18-7 all-time record in season opening games… They also open up on the road for the 18th time in their history, going 6-7-4 in their previous 17 road openers… They have won their last four season opening games when they play on the road dating back to 2007-08… In fact, the Flyers have just one loss in the last 21 years (2006-07: 4-0 at Pittsburgh) when they open their season on the road, going 6—1-2 since the 1992-93 season… Prior to that season, the Flyers went winless in their first eight season opening games on the road in franchise history, going 0-6-2… This is the second time in four years that the Flyers open up the season against the Boston Bruins, and second time at Boston… The Flyers have opened up their season against Bruins a total of three times with all three games being played at Boston, going 1-2-0.

The Flyers went winless against the Bruins last season, going 0-2-1, including one loss at Boston… The Flyers are winless at Boston in their last three trips with their last victory at TD Garden coming over three years ago (opening night of the 2011-12 season on Oct. 6, 2011)… The Flyers own an all-time record of 65-88-21-9 against the Bruins, and are looking to avoid their 50th loss all-time at Boston with a road record of 28-49-11-5… Boston is one of only two teams (Montreal) which the Flyers have an all-time record under .500… David Krejci, the Bruins leader in points (69) and assists (50) last year was placed on injured reserve yesterday after leaving the team’s final preseason game on Saturday… Krejci posted six points (1g-5a) in three games against the Flyers last year… Jakub Voracek led the Flyers in scoring with three points, all assists, against the Bruins last season — he has eight points (3g-5a) in 13 career games against the Bruins.


Giroux appeared in the final two preseason games for the Flyers, going scoreless, after returning from a lower-body injury he suffered on the first day of Training Camp… Giroux enters his seventh full season in the NHL and has averaged at least a point per-game pace in each of his last three seasons… Last season Giroux led the team in points (86), assists (58), power-play points (37) and game-winning-goals (7)… He finished third in the NHL points race and since Jan. 1 he led all players in the NHL in scoring… Against the Bruins, Giroux had a goal and an assist in three games last year and all-time has 12 points (3g-9a) in 21 career games against Boston.
Bergeron tied for the Bruins lead last season with 30 goals and finished second on the club with 62 points, while finishing second overall in the NHL in plus-minus (+38)… He also was awarded the Frank J. Selke Award as the NHL’s best defensive forward… Against the Flyers, he has 24 points (10g-14a) in 33 games, including two goals and an assist in three games last season… Bergeron enters the season five points shot of 500 career points.

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