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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Calgary Flames

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

T he Flyers come into today six points behind the Bruins, who do not play tonight, for the final wild card spot… This is the second of a three-game homestand for the Flyers, who won the first, 4-2 vs. Rangers on Feb. 28… The Flyers have also won three straight games on home ice and have earned points in the standings in nine of their last 10 home games, going 7-1-2 since Jan. 20… Overall, the Flyers own an 18-8-5 record at home - a win tonight would ensure a winning record on home ice for an eighth straight season at the Wells Fargo Center and 20th winning season at home in the last 21 years… With 19 games remaining, Jakub Voracek is tied for the NHL’s scoring race with three other players (Ovechkin, Tavares & Backstrom) at 65 points .

T he Flames have dropped three of their last four games and are in a tie for the third and final guaranteed playoff spot in the Pacific Division with Los Angeles and San Jose at 70 points, however Calgary has more regulation/overtime wins for the tie breaker - the Western Conference Wild Card spots are both currently held by the Central Division at 73 points… The Flames recently lost captain, defenseman Mark Giordano, for the remainder of the season with a torn bicep tendon he suffered on Feb. 25 at NJ… Prior to his injury, he was tied for the team lead in scoring with 48 points, which is still tied for second among all NHL defensemen… His 37 assists and 48 points were all career highs… With 20 games remaining in their season, the Flames are two wins and seven points shy of equaling their total wins (35) and points (77) mark from last season .

he Flyers kick off their first game in the month of March which sees them play nine of 13 games against Western Conference opponents, while the Flames play their fourth of seven straight games against Eastern Conference opponents on a 14-day road trip… The Flyers own a 10-6-3 record against the West, including a 4-3-2 mark against the Pacific Division, while the Flames are 9-14-2 against the East and 4-9-0 against the Metropolitan Division… The Flyers went a perfect 2-0-0 last year against the Flames, out-scoring them 6-2 in the process, and have gone 4-0-1 against the Flames in the last five meetings with their last regulation loss coming nearly six years ago to the day (Mar. 5, 2009)… This is also just the fifth occasion the Flames have played in Philadelphia in the last ten seasons .

Brayden Schenn loves playing against the Flames… The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native has four points (2g-2a) in four games against Calgary, scoring all four points in last year’s season series… Schenn is fifth on the team in scoring with 35 points and fourth with 23 assists - he is six points shy of surpassing his career-high of 41 points set last season… Schenn is one of seven Flyers who have appeared in all 63 games this year and currently has an ironman streak of 189 consecutive games played with his last missed game coming on Jan. 24, 2013… He has a goal and two assists in his last six games.

S outh Jersey native, Johnny Hockey, is among the rookies in the running for the Calder Trophy this year with 15 goals and 29 assists for 44 points through 61 games… His 44 points and 29 assists (tied) rank second among all NHL rookies… Lately, Gaudreau has 11 points (2g-9a) in his last 17 games, but has not recorded a point in his last three games since the start of the eastern road trip… He spent three years at Boston College where he recorded 197 points in 119 games… He also played for Gloucester Catholic High School in South Jersey where he recorded 21 goals and 48 points in just 14 games in his senior year (2009-10).

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