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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers wrap up their 41-game road schedule today in Carolina… They own a 10-20-10 record on the road and have dropped nine of their last 10 road games, snapping a nine-game losing skid to the Penguins in their last road game, but have recorded points in four of their last six on the road going 1-2-3… Four Flyers have appeared in every road game so far this season (Voracek, B. Schenn, Couturier & Streit)… Vincent Lecavalier has seven of his eight goals on the road this year… Michael Raffl leads the Flyers in plus-minus on the road at +7… The Flyers have won the last road game for two straight seasons, and overall in franchise history, the Flyers own a 16-18-10-2 record in their final road game of the year.

The Flyers and Hurricanes meet for the fourth of five times this season - the two teams will wrap up their season series six days from now in Philadelphia… The Hurricanes lead the series with a 2-1-0 record with both wins coming on home ice and have outscored the Flyers 6-2 at home this season… Despite the two losses this season, the Flyers are 12-4-2 playing in Raleigh since the start of the 2005-06 season… Overall, the Flyers have a 75-30-14-6 record for a win percentage of .680 playing against the Hurricanes franchise, which includes the Hartford Whalers (1979-1997)… Cam Ward is a perfect 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .958 save percentage this season against the Flyers, but owns an overall losing mark against the Flyers in his career, going 7-10-3 with a 2.94 GAA and .897 sv. pct… Matt Read has 12 points (5g-7a) in 14 career games against Carolina, while Claude Giroux has 21 points (6g-15a) in 22 career games against the Hurricanes.

Today is the first of games on back-to-back days for the Flyers, which is also their 14th and final set of back-to-backs… The Flyers own a 3-9-1 record in the first game and 4-7-2 mark in the second… Today is also the 12th day-time start for the Flyers, who own a 6-4-1 record in that scenario, and will play three of their final five games in the afternoon… The Flyers have the NHL’s third-best power-play at 22.6% (55-for-243), while the Hurricanes are tied for second overall in the NHL on the penalty kill at 85.3%… The Flyers have scored a goal on the power play in each of their last four games, while the Canes have allowed just one power-play goal in its last eight games (10-of-11)… The Hurricanes also rank third in the NHL in takeaways (718)… Carolina is the only NHL team this season with four of their five leading scorers 23-years old or younger (Faulk-48, Lindholm-38, Skinner-31, Rask-31)… Carolina forward Chris Terry is riding a four-game point streak with two goals and two assists.

Voracek is three points behind Sidney Crosby (80 pts) in the NHL’s scoring race at 77 points and is currently riding a five-game point streak in which he has recorded all assists (8)… Voracek is tied for the NHL lead in assists (56 - Backstrom)… Voracek is the current iron-man leader of the Flyers with 221 consecutive games played, and has appeared in 526 out of a possible 535 games played since his first NHL game on Oct. 10, 2008… He has the second-most points scored (368) among all players in his draft class in 2007… Voracek leads the Flyers in the season series against Carolina with three points (1g-2a) in three games, while posting 11 points (3g-8a) in 17 career games against the Canes. The eldest Staal brother leads the Hurricanes with 22 goals and 50 points through 72 games… He has points in four of his last six games, recording three goals and four assists for seven points in that stretch… Taken 2nd overall in the 2003 NHL Draft, Staal has the most games played (846), goals (311) and points (738) of his draft class… This is also his ninth 20+ goal season - He has been held to fewer than 20 goals just twice in his career (rookie year, 03-04 (11) & 12-13 (18) lockout-shortened season)… Against the Flyers, Staal has two goals and three points in the first three games of the season series and a total of 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points in 42 career games against the Flyers.
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