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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Detroit Red Wings

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers return home for a quick matinee match up before heading out on a four-game road trip over seven days… They have lost just once in regulation on home ice in their last seven games, going 4-1-2 in that stretch, and since the start of the New Year, have posted an 11-4-3 mark at the Wells Fargo Center… The Flyers will also be going for their 20th win at home which would mark the seventh consecutive full-length season they will have recorded at least 20 home wins (they went 15-7-2 during the 48-game lockout shortened season in 2012-13)… Detroit kicks off a four-game road trip today in Philadelphia- they own an 18-11-4 mark on the road and six of their last seven road games having been decided by one goal, going 4-2-1 in their last seven on the road.

This is the third and final meeting of the year against the Red Wings and second meeting in Philadelphia… The Flyers have won nine straight games on home ice against the Red Wings which began during the 1997-98 season - their last loss to the Red Wings at the Wells Fargo Center was a 4-1 loss on Jan. 25, 1997 with Ron Hextall and Garth Snow splitting duties and Rod Brind’Amour scoring the lone Flyers goal… Five of the nine victories have been one-goal games, but the Flyers have out-scored the Red Wings 37-15 in that nine-game winning streak… Overall, the Flyers own an impressive 38-13-11 record on home ice against Detroit.

The Red Wings have dropped three of their last four games entering today, while the Flyers have dropped four straight games, going 0-2-2… The Flyers open up their 13th of 14 sets of games on back-to-back days, owning a 2-9-1 record in the first and 4-7-1 mark in the second… Today is also the 11th day-time start for the Flyers, who own a 5-4-1 record in that scenario… The Flyers are tied for the NHL lead for the most games played past regulation play with 22 (8-14)… The Flyers will face the NHL’s best power play in Detroit, who is 25.2% on the man advantage and has scored at least one power-play goal in each of their last seven games… The Red Wings have also allowed at least one power-play goal in each of their last eight games… Detroit is unbeaten in regulation play when leading after the second period (22-0-3)… Flyers goaltender Steve Mason has stopped 72 of his last 74 shots face in the last two games, both of which he took the loss.
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