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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at St. Louis Blues

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

T he Flyers kick off a stretch in which they play five of their next six games on the road, spending 10 of the next 12 days away from home… They are looking for their first road win since a 2-1 win at Buffalo on Feb. 15, dropping four consecutive games and going 1-3-3 in their last six games away from the Wells Fargo Center… They are also looking to avoid going winless in four straight games for the first time since a five-game winless skid from Dec. 27-Jan. 3… The Blues come in winners of back-to-back games in which they have scored a combined 11 goals… They have also earned 22 points in 29 games since the start of the New Year, going 20—7-2, and come in as one of the highest scoring teams in the League at 3.04 goals-per-game (4th in NHL) .

T his is the second and final meeting of the year with the Flyers earning a 3-1 victory a week ago on home ice… In that win, the Flyers received four points (1g-3a) from their defense led by Luke Schenn, who had two assists and has four points (1g-3a) in his last four games… The Flyers have not won in St. Louis since a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2005 when Mike Knuble and rookie R.J. Umberger each scored twice and Antero Niittymaki stopped 29 of 31 shots… However, the Flyers have only played in St. Louis just three times in that eight-year span, going 0-1-2… The last meeting in St. Louis resulted in a 0-0 tie through regulation and overtime and TJ Oshie scored the game winner for St. Louis on Ray Emery, who stopped all 28 shots through regulation and overtime… This is the 145th overall meeting against the Blues - the Flyers own an all-time record of 85-40-17-2, including a 36-27-7-2 mark in St. Louis .

S t. Louis is the only team in the NHL in which Claude Giroux has not scored a goal against and the Blues are the team in which he has the fewest amount of points, 3 in seven games, in his career… Blues head coach, and former Flyers head coach, Ken Hitchcock is one win away from his 700th victory… The Blues have the NHL’s 3rd best power play at 22.7%, while the Flyers have scored more goals (48) but have the NHL’s 4th best man advantage at 22.4%… The Blues are 30-4-1 this season when scoring three or more goals and 19-4-3 when scoring on the power play… The Flyers have 14 consecutive games in which defensemen have recorded a point and have 16 goals and 46 points in their last 23 games from their defense… Sean Couturier has 17 of his 29 points while playing on the road, while linemate Matt Read has four of his six goals on the road .

Voracek continues to lead the Flyers in scoring with 67 points and is one of six Flyers to have played in all 68 games so far this season… His 67 points are tied for fourth in the NHL’s scoring race, while his 47 assists are second in the NHL… He ranks 59th among all forwards in average ice-time (18:25)… Voracek has not gone more than two games this entire season without finding the scoresheet - he has recorded at least a point in 45 of 68 games this year, including 18 multi-point games… He is tied for the most shootout goals for the Flyers this year and is 50% on attempts, going 4-for-8… Against the Blues, Voracek has six goals and 14 points in 22 career games to go along with a +5 rating.

T arasenko is riding a four-game point streak in which he has back-to-back multi-point games with two goals and two assists and a four-game assist streak for six points in that four-game stretch… He ranks seventh overall in the NHL in scoring with 33 goals and 33 assists for 66 points in 66 games… His 33 goals are tied for fourth in the NHL, while his +29 rating also ranks fourth among all NHL players - through the first 168 games in his NHL career, Tarasenko has 128 points and a plus-minus rating of +50… He has played the Flyers just once in his career (last Thursday) recording an assist on the only Blues goal scored.

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