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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Washington Capitals

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers (3-3-1)

Washington Capitals (3-3-0)
TIME: 7 p.m.  |  TV: CSN  |  RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic


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This is the fourth straight preseason that the Flyers have ended the preseason on the road… They have played their preseason finale on the road in six of their last eight seasons… The Flyers also ended their preseason last year playing the Capitals on the road, dropping a 6-3 contest… The Flyers are winless in their last seven preseason finales, going 0–6-1 in that span with their last victory coming in the 2005 preseason, also against the Capitals.

Tonight is the second of two meetings between the Flyers and Capitals in the preseason… The teams will face each other four times in the regular season, but not again until Jan. 8, when they will play each other all four times in a span of 46 days (Jan. 8-Feb. 22)… In the first meeting, the Caps stormed out to an early 2-0 lead before the Flyers scored five unanswered goals from the last minute of the 1st period to the first minute of the 3rd period… The two teams also combined for 70 penalty minutes in the first meeting (Flyers: 31, Capitals: 39).

Tonight is the eighth and final preseason game for the Flyers, while the Capitals play their seventh of eight preseason games before starting the regular season… Jason Akeson, Michael Raffl and Zac Rinaldo are in the line-up tonight and are the Flyers who will have played the most games this preseason (6 of 7 possible games)… The Flyers have had 14 different players register 19 of the team’s goals in the preseason… The Flyers have a total of 27 active players remaining on the training camp roster, not including injured players Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen, Ryan White and Matt Konan.

4. PLAYER TO WATCH - FLYERS: (D: #32 - Mark Streit)
Mark Streit
leads all NHL players in the preseason in assists (6) and is tied for the NHL lead (with Stars’ Tyler Seguin) in overall scoring with seven points (1g-6a) having played just three games thus far… Streit has averaged over 20 minutes of ice-time per game, including 24:09 in the Flyers’ 5-4 win over Washington on Sept. 22 when he posted four points (1g-3a).

5. PLAYER TO WATCH - CAPITALS: (LW: #8 - Alex Ovechkin)
Alex Ovechkin has appeared in three preseason games thus far, recording two power-play goals… Last season, Ovechkin was the only player in the NHL to record 50 goals, posting 51 and adding 28 assists for 79 points to lead the Caps and finish tied for eighth in the NHL… He also led the NHL in power-play goals (24) and ranked second in points on the power-play (39).

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10 Brayden Schenn

12 Michael Raffl

14 Sean Couturier

18 RJ Umberger

24 Matt Read

28 Claude Giroux

36 Zac Rinaldo

40 Vincent Lecavalier

41 Blair Jones

42 Jason Akeson

78 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

93 Jakub Voracek

5 Braydon Coburn

8 Nicklas Grossmann

15 Michael Del Zotto

22 Luke Schenn

32 Mark Streit

47 Andrew MacDonald

35 Steve Mason

29 Ray Emery

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