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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Phoenix Coyotes

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers (20-17-4--44pts)

  Phoenix Coyotes (20-11-9--52pts)

The Flyers play the fifth of six straight games on the road, going 3-1-0, with three of the four games decided by one goal, including a 2-1 loss at Colorado on Thursday… The Flyers have not dropped two straight games in regulation since Nov. 25-27 (Florida-Tampa Bay)… This is the second and final meeting of the season between the two teams with the Flyers dropping a 2-1 decision on Oct. 11… The Flyers won the last meeting at Phoenix (4-2 on Dec. 3, 2011), but haven't had much success since, going 2-5-0 in seven meetings since the 2000-01 season… Overall, the Flyers are 6-6-0 on the road and 13-10-0 against the Coyotes since they moved to Phoenix.

The Coyotes come into tonight having dropped seven of their last nine games, going 2-3-4 in that span… They have had six of their last seven games decided in either overtime or a shootout, including six straight from Dec. 19-31… The Coyotes have not lost a game in regulation that has been decided by one goal, going 9-0-9 this season… Phoenix is one of three teams in the NHL (Blackhawks, Senators) with six players to have scored 10 or more goals this season… They own nearly half of their victories on the season against the Eastern Conference, going 9-4-3… Phoenix has scored more than double the amount of goals in the second period (49), compared to the first period (23) this season.

Vincent Lecavalier averages over a point-per-game against the Coyotes with 21 points (9g-12a) in 18 career meetings, while Matt Read has four points (2g-2a) in three career games against the Coyotes… The Coyotes have the NHL's 6th best power-play at home at 23.4% (15-for-64), while the Flyers own the 5th best power-play on the road, also at 23.4% (18-for-77)… Coyotes back-up goaltender, Thomas Greiss, has faced the Flyers twice in his career, giving up one goal in each game, going 2-0-0… Coyotes' Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) ranks second among all NHL players in number of followers on twitter at 484,178, while Claude Giroux (@28CGiroux) ranks 9th among all NHL players with 265,390 - Alex Ovechkin (@Ovi8) leads all players with 647,481 followers.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Wayne Simmonds (LW: 17)
Simmonds has points in two straight games (1g-2a) and has recorded at least a point in seven of his last eight games, which includes eight goals and 12 points in that span… Simmonds leads the Flyers in goals (13) and power-play goals (6) and is tied for second on the team in scoring with 27 points in 41 games… Against the Coyotes, Simmonds has nine points (4g-5a) in 21 career games.

5. Player to watch COYOTES: Keith Yandle (D: 3)
The 27-year-old defenseman has points in three of his last four games, recording two goals and three assists for five points… He leads the Coyotes in assists (21) and is tied for third on the team in points (27)… Of his 27 points, 18 have come at home, posting four goals and 14 assists… He leads Phoenix in time-on-ice, recording over 24 minutes per-game (24:04)… Yandle has appeared in 343 consecutive games, which is 2nd-overall among NHL defensemen (Jay Bouwmeester - 676)… Against the Flyers, Yandle has four points (2g-2a) in seven career games.

"The effort was there. The guys worked really hard. Mason did what he had to do to keep us in the game… I think we need to keep our head up and be ready for [Phoenix]."
- Claude Giroux
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