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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Calgary Flames

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers look to avoid dropping their eighth straight road game tonight, going 0-4-3 since their last win away from Philadelphia on Feb. 15 (2-1 at Buffalo)… The Flyers also play a Western Conference team for the sixth time in their last 10 days - they own a winning mark of 11-8-5 against the Western Conference this season… Calgary comes into tonight in a fight for the final playoff spot for the wild card in which they are one point behind Minnesota, and third place finish in the Pacific Division behind the Kings… The Flames own a 13-14-3 record against the Eastern Conference, but are 6-2-1 in the last nine meetings against the East.

The Flyers have won five consecutive games at the Saddledome going back to the 2002-03 season out-scoring Flames, 19-11, and are 9-2-0 in 11 games played in Calgary in the last 20 years… However, the Flyers have an overall losing record on the road against the Flames franchise, which includes eight years when they were the Atlanta Flames, going 22-25-9… This is the second and final meeting of the year against the Flames, and second meeting in the span of 17 days… In the first meeting, the Flyers fell behind, 2-0, but mounted a third-period comeback scoring twice to force overtime before losing 3-2 on a goal from Jiri Hudler… Flyers assistant coach Joe Mullen won a Stanley Cup with the Flames in 1989 and two Lady Byng Trophies in 1987 and 1989.

Wayne Simmonds is one goal away from his 100th career goal as a Flyer - he leads the team in goals (27) over half of which have come on the power play (14)… The Flyers own the NHL’s third-best power-play at 22.5 percent, while Calgary ranks 23rd on the penalty kill at 80.1 percent, but is the least penalized team in the NHL recording 190 minor penalties so far this season… The Flames have the most overtime wins of any team in the league with nine games won, while the Flyers have appeared in the most games past regulation play of any team (23)… The Flames are one of two NHL teams to have 10 wins when trailing after the second period (Anaheim: 12).
Raffl posted the lone Flyers goal against Vancouver, giving him at least a point in six of his last 10 games… In that 10-game span, Raffl has four goals and three assists… Raffl is also third on the Flyers with nine goals in 31 games on the road, one behind Giroux & Voracek (10) who have played 36 and 37 games respectively on the road… In his second-year with the Flyers and in the NHL, he has posted a career-high in goals (17) and points (23)… He leads the Flyers in even-strength goals (16) and is tied for second in plus-minus at +6 through 57 games… Against the Flames, Raffl has one assist in three games. In his second NHL season, the 20-year-old Monihan ranks third on the team with 51 points, but leads the Flames in goals (27), power-play goals (8) and game-winning goals (7)… He went scoreless in his last two games, but prior to that, he posted a six-game point streak in which he had six goals and nine points… In his last 15 games, Monihan has 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points… Monihan scored one of the three goals in the Flames, 3-2 OT win over the Flyers this season and has two goals in three career games against the Flyers.
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