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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Vancouver Canucks

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers travel out to Western Canada for the first time this season, having swept all three teams last year… The Flyers are looking to snap a six-game road skid coming into tonight, going 0-3-3 with three of their last four road losses coming past regulation including their last two road losses coming in a shootout… Seven of their last nine road games have been decided by one goal… The Canucks come into tonight’s game having won three of their last four games and have gone 10-5-1 in their last 16 contests… It is the fourth of a five-game homestand for the Canucks, who own a better record on the road (20-12-3) than they do on home ice (19-13-1).

The Flyers come into tonight’s game with an impressive record in Vancouver, going 32-11-12 all-time in 55 games… They won last year’s meeting with Brayden Schenn scoring in the final minute to tie it and eventually winning in a shootout, 4-3… The Flyers have earned wins in 10 of their last 12 meetings at Vancouver, going 10-1-1 since the start of the 1992-93 season… The Flyers were shut out by the Canucks in the first meeting of the season in Philly, 4-0, with the Henrik Sedin (1g-1a) and Daniel Sedin (2a) combining for four points… The Sedin brothers have combined for 35 points (Henrik: 3g-17a & Daniel: 4g-11a) in 14 career games against the Flyers… Claude Giroux averages over a point-per-game against the Canucks with eight points (2g-6a) in seven career games… Nick Schultz has played more games (72) and has more points (17) against Vancouver than any other team in his NHL career.

Goaltender Eddie Lack has started eight of the last nine games, but has appeared in all nine games for Vancouver with starting goaltender Ryan Miller out 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury he suffered on Feb. 22… In that span, Lack has a .925 save percentage and 2.33 GAA… The Canucks own the NHL’s second best win percentage in one-goal games (.731) going 19-3-4… The Canucks are tied for the NHL’s second-best penalty kill at 86 percent, allowing the fourth fewest goals on the power-play (32)… The Flyers own the NHL’s third-best power play at 22.7 percent and scoring the third-most power-play goals this year (51)… The Flyers lead the NHL in games going past regulation play (23)… The Flyers have 20 of their 29 wins this season when scoring the first goal… Claude Giroux leads all NHL players in power-play points (33).
The Flyers leading scorer has points in two straight games and is looking for his first three-game point streak since Jan. 17-29, which  was a five-game streak… Voracek leads the team in assists (48 - T-2nd in NHL) and points (69 - 5th in NHL) and is second on the Flyers in goals (21 - T-45th in NHL)… The Flyers own a 9-4-6 record when Voracek scores a goal, but are unbeaten in regulation in the last 11 games when he scores, going 6-0-5… Against the Canucks, Voracek has eight assists and nine points in 16 career games against Vancouver. The 19-year-old is having a good rookie campaign after being drafted by the Canucks 9th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in a deal that sent goaltender Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils… He has points in three of his last four games with two goals and an assist… He has eight of his 11 goals and 13 of his 21 points in the last 22 games, which included a five-game point streak (3g-2a) from Feb. 11-19… Overall, he has 21 points (11g-10a) in 53 games this season… Horvat is the first teenager to record three points in one game for the Canucks since Trevor Linden on Feb. 28, 1990 against the Flyers… He is also the first Canuck rookie to have at least 10 goals in his 1st NHL season since Daniel Sedin (20) in 2000-01.
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