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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers have picked up points in the standings in 12 of their last 13 games, earning 20 of 26 points with an 8-1-4 record… The Flyers last three games have been decided by one goal and during this stretch, 10 of 13 games have also been one-goal games with the Flyers going 6-0-4… Overall, the Flyers are 14-8-11 in one-goal games this season and their 33 one-goal games are tied for the fourth most in the NHL… Carolina has played nearly as many one-goal games this season (32), going 11-14-7… Carolina comes in a much different team  when they last played the Flyers… Since their last meeting, Carolina has gone 11-7-3 in 21 games since the start of the New Year, and of those 21 games, 12 have been one-goal games with the Canes winning seven one-goal games in that stretch.

The Flyers and Hurricanes face each other for the third of five times this season with the teams splitting the first two meetings and each team winning on home ice… In the last meeting, the Hurricanes won a 2-1 battle on Jan. 2 playing without Jeff Skinner and Alexander Semin… The Flyers have lost three straight games playing at Carolina, all by a 2-1 decision…  Despite the recent struggles, the Flyers are 12-3-2 in Raleigh since the start of the 2005-06 season - of those five losses, four have been by only one goal… The Flyers have has earned at least one point in 27 of the last 32 meetings (22-5-5) between the clubs.

Wayne Simmonds has an eight-game point streak, posting goals in back-to-back games and six goals and 10 points in that eight-game span - The Flyers improved to 12-4-4 when Simmonds scores… Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk leads the team in scoring with 26 assists and 36 points in 58 games - he is one of three defensemen in the NHL to lead his team in scoring (OTT: Karlsson & ARI: Yandle)… The Flyers have the NHL’s third-best power play, operating at 23.6% (45-for-191), while the Hurricanes own the NHL’s No. 1 penalty kill, operating at 87.8% and allowing just 18 power-play goals on 148 times shorthanded, and have killed 58 of their last 61 penalties during a 26-game span (95.1%)… The Flyers defense has turned to offense recently, factoring into all three goals vs. Washington on Sunday and recording at least a point in six straight games (2g-10a), and 14 of their last 15 contests with a total of 33 points in that span (11g-22a).

Zepp will get the call today vs. Carolina and rookie netminder Anthony Stolarz will serve as back-up… This is Zepp’s first game against the Hurricanes, the team that originally drafted him in 2001 (4th round, 110th overall)… Zepp earned back-to-back wins over the weekend for the Flyers by stopping 41 of 45 shots and both players he faced in a shootout win over Nashville on Saturday, posting a 1.92 GAA and .911 save percentage… Zepp owns an overall 5-1-0 record with a 2.63 GAA and .894 save percentage in his first season with the Flyers and in the NHL… Zepp has yet to face more than 28 shots in a game this season and in six appearances in which he has played close to or more than 60 minutes, has averaged 25 shots against.

Skinner has recorded four goals in his last six games, posting 26 shots on goal in that six-game span… Skinner has 12 of his 14 goals this season at even strength, which is tied for the team lead… The 2011 Calder Trophy winner as rookie of the year is three assists shy of 100 in his career, and since his rookie season, ranks second overall (only to captain Eric Staal) on the Hurricanes with 111 goals and 208 points… Skinner has one assist in one game against the Flyers this season, and in his career, has 12 points (6g-6a) in 14 games.

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