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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers return home to the friendly confines of the Wells Fargo Center where they will play six of their final eight games of the regular season… They have 20 of their 29 victories, posting a 20-9-6 record, at home this year… The Flyers have earned a point in seven of their last eight home games, going 5-1-2, and since Jan. 1 have earned a 12-4-3 record at home… The Flyers also come home with the NHL’s third-best power play on home ice, recording 31 power-play goals in 35 games… They are 26.7% on the man-advantage and went 3-for-4 in their last home game, a 7-2 win over Detroit… Michael Del Zotto leads the Flyers in even-strength 5-on-5 goals on home ice (7) and is tied for the points lead (16) in that same category, with Jakub Voracek.

The Flyers will be going for their 11th consecutive win on home ice against the Blackhawks… Tonight marks the first trip back to Philadelphia for the Blackhawks since Claude Giroux scored the game-winning goal on a last minute rush down the ice with five seconds remaining in overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 win on Mar. 18… The victory gave the Flyers their 10th consecutive regular season win on home ice against Chicago starting with the 1998-99 season - their last regulation loss at home against the Blackhawks came on Nov. 9, 1996 (4-1)… Chicago won the first meeting of the year between the two teams, 4-0, on Oct. 21 at Chicago with Patrick Kane scoring twice - Kane has missed the last 11 games and will not play tonight due to a fractured clavicle suffered on Feb. 24.

The Blackhawks come into tonight’s game tied for the second-most road wins in the NHL with a 22-13-1 record… They own a 7-1-1 record in the month of March and have allowed just two goals or less in eight of their last nine games, allowing just 13 goals in the entire month of March… Chicago has a perfect 23-0-0 record when they lead after two periods… The Flyers come in looking to snap a four-game winless skid, going 0-2-2… The Flyers have played the most games past regulation of any team this season (24), going 8-16, which also ties the franchise record set in 1997-98… Since Feb. 1, 10 of the Flyers last 23 games have been decided past regulation and 14 of 23 have been one-goal games… The Flyers have a 7-4-2 record against the Central Division, while the Blackhawks have a 9-3-2 mark against the Metropolitan.
Jake is back in the mix for the NHL’s scoring lead - he is just one point behind Sidney Crosby and John Tavares for the lead at 74 points, and is tied for second in the NHL (Alex Ovechkin) at 73 points…  Voracek posted three assists at Edmonton on Saturday which was his first multi-point game since Feb. 22 vs. Washington, a span of 13 games… He has points in two straight games and four of his last five contests (1g-5a)… Voracek still has not gone more than two straight games all season long without recording a point… Against the Blackhawks, he has 10 assists and 15 points in 22 career games. Tonight marks the return of long-time Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen who was traded to the Blackhawks just 27 days ago after spending the last eight years and seven seasons in Philadelphia… This will be Timonen’s first game playing against the Flyers since Nov. 29, 2006 with the Nashville Predators… After nine games with the Blackhawks, Timonen is scoreless with seven shots while averaging 12:27 of ice time… With the Flyers, Timonen has appeared in 519 regular season games and recorded 38 goals and 232 assists for 270 points… He also added 29 points (3g-26a) in 71 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Flyers… He won the Barry Ashbee Trophy as Flyers Best Defenseman five times, including the last three years.
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