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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

T he Flyers and Penguins square off for the first time in 90 days, since a 5-3 Flyers win at Pittsburgh on Oct. 22… Last meeting, Sean Couturier posted a three-point night with a goal and two assists and Ray Emery recorded his second win of the season stopping 22 shots… The Flyers look to earn their sixth straight win over the Penguins, having won five in-a-row dating back to Oct. 17, 2013… However, only one of those five wins have come in Philly - they are 4-9-2 in their last 15 games at home vs. Pittsburgh dating back to Jan. 13, 2009… The Penguins are winless when trailing after two periods of play, going 0-7-3, while the Flyers are unbeaten in regulation when leading after two periods, going 11-0-1 .

T onight’s game brings in four of the Top 5 players who lead the NHL in scoring - Jakub Voracek leads all players with 55 points, while linemate Claude Giroux is tied for fourth with 50 points… On the other side of the rink, Voracek is being chased by Sidney Crosby, who ranks third with 51 points and his teammate Evgeni Malkin who is tied for fourth (with Giroux) with 50 points… In their last 10 games, the four players have combined for 39 points (Giroux: 8pts, Voracek: 8pts |  Crosby: 14pts, Malkin: 9pts)… The four players have combined for 82 points on the power play (Giroux: 23pts, Voracek: 20pts | Crosby: 20pts, Malkin: 19pts) .

T he Flyers enter tonight’s game with injuries to four defensemen, not including Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger… Braydon Coburn has missed the last four games with a lower-body injury and has missed a total of 16 games this season, Nicklas Grossmann has missed the last six games with a upper-body injury… Nick Schultz will miss tonight’s game with an upper-body injury, while Carlo Colaiacovo is questionable with an upper-body injury… Forward Scott Laughton has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury and goaltender Steve Mason has missed the last five games with a lower-body injury which brings the Flyers total man-games lost to 199 games, including players on Long-Term IR (Pronger, Timonen & White)… Not including LTI, the Flyers have 70 man-games lost, 42 of which have come from defense or goaltending… The Penguins have a total of 193 man-games lost so far this season .

Claude Giroux has posted four straight multi-point games against the Penguins, recording a goal and eight assists in that span, which dates back to Mar. 15, 2014… Overall, the Flyers captain averages over a point per-game against the Penguins, recording 30 points (10g-20a) in 29 games… Giroux ranks third overall in assists (35), second overall in the NHL in points on the power-play (23), one shy of Blues’ Shattenkirk, and second overall in time-on-ice per game among forwards at 20:54… Giroux has reached the 50-point mark in two consecutive years and four of the last five seasons and has made the NHL’s All-Star team for the third consecutive time the event has taken place.

The Penguins captain comes into tonight’s game on a hot streak, recording points in four straight games in which he has four goals and four assists for eight points in that span… Crosby leads the Pens in scoring with 51 points and is second in the NHL in assists (36), while leading the team on the power-play with 20 points… He has 13 multi-point games this season and has reached the 50-point mark for the ninth time in 10 NHL seasons… Crosby plays his 50th game against the Flyers today - he averages over a point and a half per-game (1.53) with 30 goals and 75 points in 49 games… Crosby however was held scoreless for just the 12th time in the last meeting on Oct. 22.

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