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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Phoenix Coyotes

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers (1-3-0)

Phoenix Coyotes (2-2-0)

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The Flyers face the Phoenix Coyotes for the first time since Dec. 3, 2011 (a 4-2 win at Phoenix) and first time at home since Nov. 17, 2011 (a 2-1 win)… The Coyotes come into tonight's game playing the second half of games on back-to-back nights, both of which on the road, after earning a 4-2 win at Detroit on Thursday, while the Flyers begin the first of games on back-to-back nights (flying to Detroit after the game)… This is the first of two meetings against Phoenix and only meeting at home (at PHX on Jan. 4)… The Flyers have earned at least a point against the Coyotes in five of their last six meetings at home dating back to 2002-03 with their only regulation loss coming in 2007-08… The Flyers have a 6-3-1 record at home against the franchise since they became the Coyotes in 1996-97 and  overall, the Flyers have a 13-8-1 mark against the Coyotes.

The Coyotes have out-shot their opponent in three of their four games so far this season, while the Flyers have out-shot the opposition just once… The Flyers have scored three of their five goals on the season in the first period, while the Coyotes have scored eight of their 10 goals in the 2nd & 3rd period… The Coyotes are 0-for-6 on the power play on the road and have given up four goals on the penalty kill while on the road… The Coyotes posted a 13-1-2 mark in 2012-13 when leading after the 1st period and are 76-6-9 when leading after the first over the past four seasons.

Head coach Craig Berube won his first game behind the Flyers bench on Tuesday - a win tonight and he would become the first head coach in Flyers history to win his first two games when being named head coach after the start of the NHL season… Vincent Lecavalier and Matt Read both average over a point per game in their careers against the Coyotes - Read has four points (2g-2a) in two games, while Lecavalier has 21 points (9g-12a) in 17 career games against Phoenix… Nick Grossmann leads the NHL with 15 blocks… The Flyers rank second in the league as a team in hits (125) and third in the league as a team in blocked shots (38).

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Steve Mason - (G) #35
Mason gets the start in net tonight for the third straight game… Over the last two games he has posted a 1.52 goals-against average and .956 save percentage, and earned the Flyers first win of the season by stopping 33 of 34 shots to post a 2-1 victory over the Panthers… Against the Coyotes though, Mason has a 3-6-0 career mark with a 3.25 GAA.

5. Player to watch COYOTES: Keith Yandle - (D) #5
Yandle has four points (2g-2a) in six career games against the Flyers… He was the Coyotes' leading scorer last season with 30 points (10g-20a) and was one of only two defensemen to lead his team in scoring (NSH - Weber)…  He tied for 3rd among all NHL defensemen in points and tied for 3rd among NHL defensemen in goals last season… He appeared in all 48 games and including four games this season, he currently has a consecutive games played streak of 315 games (6th among active players).

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