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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Blues

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers come into tonight with a three-game road winning steak and are looking for their fourth straight win on the road - it would be the first four-game road winning streak in nearly four years with the last stretch coming in the form of a five-game road winning streak from Dec. 2-15, 2011… In their last game, the Flyers suffered a shootout loss to the NY Islanders on Tuesday, which gave them at least a point in 11 of the last 16 contests, going 7-5-4… St. Louis comes in looking for two straight wins after snapping a three-game losing streak … The Blues have not won two games in-a-row since Nov. 7-10, a span of 13 games… This is the second of a five-game homestand for the Blues… St. Louis has identical records at home and on the road (8-4-2)… The Blues have gone perfect on the penalty kill in five straight games, killing off 12 consecutive shorthanded situations, but have gone four straight games in which they have not scored on the power play.
The Flyers and Blues have played to a scoreless 0-0 tie in the last two meetings in St. Louis, with the Blues winning both games, 1-0 in a shootout… The Flyers have not scored a regulation or overtime goal playing in St. Louis since Oct. 9, 2010, when Danny Briere scored on Jaroslav Halak, in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Blues… The scoreless streak at St. Louis currently stands at 147:45… The last three meetings in St. Louis have gone past regulation play and overall, 50 percent (6-of-12) of the two team meetings have gone to extra time since 2003 (6-of-12)… Despite owning an all-time winning record against the Blues on the road (36-27-7-3), the Flyers have not won in St. Louis in nearly 10 years - their last victory came on Dec. 17, 2005 when Mike Knuble and RJ Umberger scored twice in a 5-2 victory.
Wayne Simmonds has a three-game road goal-scoring streak with four goals in his last three road games… Simmonds has all seven of his goals playing on the road this year - the Flyers have all six of their road victories and are a perfect 6-0-0 when he records a goal… The Flyers lead the NHL with the most games going past regulation with 12, going 6-6, which is 42.8 percent of their games - the Flyers have had 50 percent of their games (14 of 28) decided by one goal, going 7-1-6… The Blues are unbeaten in regulation when leading after the first period (5-0-1) and second period (8-0-1)… Jake Allen has 12 of the Blues 16 victories, posting a 2.24 GAA and .924 save percentage in 21 appearances - he is tied with Michal Neuvirth for the second most shutouts in the NHL (3)… Allen has never faced the Flyers in his career… Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has logged over 24 minutes of ice time per game in 12 of his last 13 games and and in 24 of his 27 games this season - he averages nearly 27 minutes of TOI per-game (26:53) which ranks fourth in the NHL.
The Flyers captain leads the team in both goals (10) and overall points (24) while also being tied for the lead in assists (14)… Half of his points on the season have come on the power play, recording 12 points (4ppg-8ppa) on the man advantage… Giroux recorded a goal and an assist in the Flyers shootout loss to the Islanders, and has now recorded 11 points (4g-7a) in the last eight games, including four multi-point games… He continues to be among the NHL’s top face-off men at 59.6 percent, which is second in the NHL - he is also second in the league in faceoffs won (398) and fourth in faceoffs taken (668). The 23-year-old sniper leads the Blues with 16 goals, which also ranks third among all NHL players, and leads in overall scoring with 27 points in 27 games… He has scored a goal in each of his last two games and eight of his last 13 contests… He has recorded at least one shot on goal in every game this year, including eight games with five or more shots, and has recorded at least one shot on goal in 76 consecutive regular season games - his last game with no shots came on Dec. 11, 2014 vs. Islanders… In only two games against the Flyers, Tarasenko has one assist and seven shots on goal.

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