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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers enter tonight’s game having earned points in seven straight games, going 4-0-3 and with consecutive wins on home ice in their four-game homestand to end the season… The Flyers have not lost in regulation at home in nearly a month, going 4-0-1 since their last loss on Mar. 12 (2-1 vs. DAL), and have a 15-4-4 record on home ice since the start of the New Year… The Flyers own an overall 23-9-7 record at home, giving them 53 of their 84 points earned this season at the Wells Fargo Center… A win tonight would give the Flyers the most points earned on home ice since the 2000-01 season when they had 56 points with a 26-11-4 home record.

This is the fifth and final meeting of the season between the two clubs… Carolina took the last meeting just six days ago in a shootout, 3-2 on Apr. 4, and owns a 3-1-0 record against the Flyers this year, yet each team has scored a total of nine goals in the season series… Dating back to last year, the Flyers have dropped seven of their last eight games to the Hurricanes, going 1-4-3… The Staal brothers (Jordan & Eric) have combined for eight points (4g-4a) each with two goals and two assists in the season series… Sean Couturier and Michael Raffl each have two goals against the Canes in the season series, while Brayden Schenn as three assists… Cam Ward is 3-0-0 with a 1.30 GAA and .944 save percentage against the Flyers this season.

The Flyers power play has recorded a goal in each of their last seven games, operating at 39.1%, going 9-for-23, and have the overall lead among all NHL teams at home at 28.9%… The Hurricanes lead all NHL teams on the penalty kill on the road at 86.7%, allowing just 13 goals on 98 opportunities through 40 road games… The Hurricanes are the NHL’s least penalized team, averaging 6.6 penalty minutes per-game… They have allowed one or fewer power-plays to the opposition in four of their last five games, as well as two or fewer power plays in 43 games this season… Claude Giroux has seven goals in his last eight games, and has recorded a point in eight of his last 11 games (7g-4a, 11pts)… Brayden Schenn has a four-game point streak where he has four goals and seven points.

With 81 points, Voracek is two points behind the NHL’s three-way scoring race of Islanders John Tavares, Penguins Sidney Crosby & Stars’ Jamie Benn who all have 83 points… Voracek has recorded at least a point in seven of his last eight games, including current back-to-back multi-point games… With only two games remaining, Voracek will have gone the entire 2014-15 season without going scoreless in three consecutive games… He has recorded a point in 55 of 80 games so far this season, including 29 of 39 games at home… Voracek is also tied for the lead the NHL in with 59 assists (WSH: Backstrom), and is trying to become the first Flyers since Mark Recchi (63) in 1999-2000 to lead all NHL players in assists in a full season with the Flyers… Against the Hurricanes, Voracek has three points (1g-2a) in four games of the season series. The Carolina defenseman leads the team in assists (34) and average time-on-ice (24:24), while ranking second on the Canes in points (49)… He is also one of two players on Carolina to have appeared in all 80 games thus far (Jay McClement)… Faulk’s 49 points is also a new Hurricanes record for most points by a defenseman, and he is one point shy of becoming the first defenseman in franchise history (includes Hartford Whalers) to reach 50 points in a season since Zarley Zalapski in 1992-93 (64 pts)…  Faulk has three points (1g-2a) in four games against the Flyers this season.
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