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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Edmonton Oilers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Tonight is the seventh straight Eastern Conference opponent for the Oilers, who are 1-3-2 in their previous six… Edmonton has 14 of their 19 victories against the Eastern Conference with a 14-14-3 overall record, including a 6-7-2 mark against Metropolitan Division opponents… The Flyers play their third of five straight games against the Western Conference, going 0-2-0 in the previous two games and own an overall mark of 11-9-5 record against the West, which includes 4-5-3 mark against the Pacific Division… The Flyers are looking to avoid their ninth straight loss on the road, going 0-4-4 since their last win at Buffalo on Feb. 15 and have scored two goals or less in their last nine road games… The Oilers come into tonight having dropped eight of their last nine games, going 1-5-3 in that span.

This is the second and final meeting of the year against the Oilers with the Flyers winning the first, 4-1 on Nov. 4… The Flyers are riding a three-game winning streak against the Oilers with their last loss coming on Feb. 23, 2011 (2-0 at EDM)… This is the first time the Flyers have visited Edmonton in consecutive seasons since 1997-98 and 1998-99… Overall, the Flyers only have nine wins in 32 appearances in Edmonton since the Oilers joined the NHL in 1979 with a 9-17-6-0 record… The Flyers have played the Oilers in the playoffs twice in franchise history, both in the Stanley Cup Final (1985 & 1987) losing on both occasions.

Jakub Voracek ranks fifth in the NHL’s scoring race with 70 points, and is three points shy of the leader, Alex Ovechkin (73)… Voracek has not gone more than two games without recording at least a point this entire season… Jordan Eberle has a six-game point streak, averaging two points per-game with 12 points (4g-8a) in that span - Eberle leads the Oilers in assists (37) and points (56)… The Oilers have scored 13 power-play goals in their last six games, including five in their last two… Since the All-Star break, the Oilers have the number one ranked power play in the NHL at 30.4%, scoring 21 goals on 69 attempts… Oilers captain Andrew Ference will play in his 900th NHL game tonight… The top two forwards in the NHL in average time-on-ice face off against each other with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at 20:53 and Claude Giroux ranked second with 20:40.
The Flyers captain has points in two straight games and three of his last four contests (1g-3a)… He ranks second on the Flyers with 46 assists and 65 points… Over half of Giroux’s points this season have come on the power-play, posting 11 power-play goals and 22 power-play assists for 33 of his 65 points on the man-advantage… His 33 power-play points also leads all players in the NHL… Giroux was taken 22nd overall in the 2006 NHL Draft, but ranks fourth among all players in that draft class in points (442)…  Against the Oilers, Giroux averages a point-per-game with five assists and six points in six contests, including an assist in the only meeting this season. The Oilers top-line center has been a steady point producer for the club… He has points in four straight games totaling seven points (1g-6a) as well as 10 assists and 14 points in his last 10 games… He leads the Oilers in goals (20) and is second in points (50) through 69 games this season… The 2011 No. 1 overall pick leads all players in his draft class with 121 assists and ranks second in that same category with 182 points (COL: Landeskog, 183 pts) through 251 games played… He scored the lone goal for Edmonton in the first meeting of the year against the Flyers and has two goals in three career games overall against Philadelphia.
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