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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Avalanche

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers enter tonight in the final wild card position at 83 points, but are tied with the Red Wings, who have played one more game than the Flyers, own one more regulation/overtime win (the first tie breaker) and play tonight at home against Montreal… At 80 points, the Avalanche are in a playoff battle of their own, sitting one point out of the final spot behind Minnesota, but have one game in hand on the Wild and two more regulation/overtime wins… The Flyers come in after dropping a 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus on Tuesday - they have not dropped back to back games in any fashion in over a month, since Feb. 13-14… Colorado also comes in hot, winning three straight games and five of their last six contests.
The Flyers enter tonight having killed off 16 straight penalties in their last six games, going perfect in five straight games (15-for-15), while also allowing just one goal on the PK in the entire month of March, killing 23–of-24 advantages at 95.8 percent… Likewise, Colorado has also been stingy on their penalty kill, going a perfect 7-for-7 over their last three games and have allowed just one goal on the PK in their last 11 games, going 32-for-33 at 96.9 percent since Feb. 24.
Colorado will be without Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon, who are their top two goal scorers and point producers, due to knee injuries… The Avalanche lead all NHL teams in blocked shots (1,251) and defenseman Francois Beauchemin leads all players in that category (236)… Defenseman Erik Johnson has points in four of his last five games, recording two goals and four points… Claude Giroux has goals in two straight games, but has not had goals in three straight yet this season… Steve Mason has started three straight games and eight of his last nine games, going 5-1-2 in that eight-game span with a 1.97 GAA and .931 save percentage… Sam Gagner has more points against the Avalanche than any other team in his career, recording 39 points (15g-24a) in 41 career games.
Schenn recorded a pair of assists in the last Flyers game, and has nine points (3g-6a) in his last nine games… Schenn has now moved into second on the Flyers in scoring with 51 points (24g-27a) in 71 games… His 24 goals and 51 points are both new career highs… Schenn also leads the team in scoring since Jan. 1 with 36 points (17g-19a) which is also tied for fifth among all NHL players… Schenn is tied for the Flyers lead (with Simmonds) for the most game-winning goals since the start of the 2012-13 season (17)… Against Colorado, he has three points (1g-2a) in six games. Boedker has a three game point streak going with two goals and four points… Since being acquired at the trade deadline from the Arizona Coyotes, he has seven points (3g-4a) in nine games… Combined, he has 46 points (16g-30a) in 71 games, while also recording five game-winning goals which is a new career high… Against the Flyers, Boedker averages over a point per-game with three goals and six assists for nine points in eight contests.

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