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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Boston Bruins

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

T he Flyers take on the team they are chasing for the final Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference - the Boston Bruins have 72 points in 63 games, while the Flyers (68 pts) are four points behind with 65 games played… In between them, the Florida Panthers (70 pts) are two points behind in 65 games, while the Ottawa Senators (69 pts) are three points back in 63 games played… The Flyers have earned points in their last three games (2-0-1) and fifteen of their last 18 games, going 10-3-5 since Jan. 20… The Flyers are unbeaten in regulation to a team with a better record since a 7-4 loss to the Islanders on Jan. 19 when they were 11 points out of the Wild Card spot… The Bruins have earned points in four of their last five games, going 3-1-1, but have been on a slide since the beginning of February, posting a 4—6-3 in their last 13 games .

T he Flyers and Bruins meet for the third and final time this season with the Bruins taking the first two games and holding the Flyers to just one goal in each contest… The Flyers are looking to avoid a sweep of the Bruins for the second consecutive year after going 0-2-1 last season… Their last win against the B’s came on Apr. 23, 2013 while their last win at Boston came on opening night in 2011, a 2-1 win on Oct. 6, 2011… The Bruins will be going for their 100th win over the Flyers in franchise history today… Mark Streit has 26 points, 25 of them are assists, in 39 career games against the Bruins… Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask owns a lifetime record of 8-1-0-1 with 19 goals allowed in 11 career appearances for a .937 save percentage and 1.81 goals-against average against the Flyers .

he Flyers have scored their last five goals all in the third period as well as nine of their last 11 goals in the third - they have recorded at least two goals in the third period in each of their last four games… The Flyers have allowed a goal in the first period in five straight games and eight of their last nine contests, while the Bruins have scored first in six straight games… The Flyers play their 12th set of games on back-to-back days this season, they own a 2-9-0 record in the first game and 4-6-1 mark in the second, while the Bruins enter their 12th set of back to backs, owning a 7-2-2 record in the first game… Today is also the 10th day-time start for the Flyers, who own a 5-4-0 record in that scenario, while the Bruins own a 3—1-3 record in day-time starts… The Flyers defense has recorded 15 goals and 42 points in their last 20 games and are led by Michael Del Zotto who has seven goals and 16 points in that 20-game span .

Simmonds leads the Flyers in goals (26), which is three goals shy of tying his career high of 29 goals set just last season… Half of his goals this season have come on the power play - his 13 goals on the man-advantage rank third overall in the NHL and are two shy of tying his career high (15) also set last season… Simmonds has 10 goals and 16 points in his last 17 games to move into third on the team in scoring with 44 points through 65 games… He is one of seven Flyers to appear in all 65 games and has a current iron-man streak of 184 consecutive games played… Against the Bruins, Simmons has one goal and seven points in 17 career games.

T he 18-year-old rookie from the Czech Republic is currently on a three-game point streak where he has posted a goal and three assists, while also recording three goals and six assists for nine points in his last 13 games… He is the youngest player to appear in both an NHL and AHL game this season, and the youngest Bruin to record a goal since 2003 (Patrice Bergeron)… Pastrnak scored his first two NHL goals against the Flyers in his first and only meeting against Philadelphia this year, leading Boston to a 3-1 win on Jan. 10.

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