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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers kick off a four-game homestand in a span of seven days to end the season… It’s the first time in franchise history that the Flyers end the regular season with a four-game homestand… The Flyers own a 21-9-7 mark on home ice and are one of four teams in the Eastern Conference with under 10 regulation losses at home… The Flyers have also earned a point in the standings in nine of their last 10 on home ice, going 6-1-3… This is also the eighth straight winning season at the Wells Fargo Center and 20th winning season at home in the last 21 years.

The Flyers face the Penguins for the fourth and final time this season, having faced them just five days ago and posting a 4-1 victory in Pittsburgh… The Flyers are a perfect 3-0-0 against the Pens this season and will look to sweep the season series for the first time since the 1983-84 season, 31 years ago, when they went 7-0-0… The Flyers have also won seven straight meetings against the Penguins, a streak that dates back to their last loss, Oct. 17, 2013 - It’s the longest active winning streak the Flyers have against any other club in the NHL… Steve Mason will get the start in net today, he stopped 24 of 25 shots in a 4-1 win on Thursday against the Penguins and has a career record of 5-2-1 and a 2.35 GAA in nine appearances against Pittsburgh

The Penguins come into today’s game having lost two straight games and eight of their last 11, while the Flyers have earned points in five straight games, going 2-0-3… The Flyers own a 4-7-2 mark in the second game of back-to-backs, while the Penguins also play the second of back-to-backs and have a 6-6-3 record in the second game… The Flyers also own a 6-4-1 record in day time starts… The Flyers have scored a goal on the power-play in five consecutive games, going 5-for-16 for 31.3 percent… They own the NHL’s best power-play at home scoring 33 power-play goals in 37 home games and operating at 27.3 percent at the Wells Fargo Center… Overall, they have the third best power-play at 22.9 percent… Michael Raffl has four goals in his last five games, and has recorded eight goals and 11 points in his last 16 games… Ian Cole has five points (1g-4a) in his last five games for Pittsburgh.

Del Zotto has points in three of his last four games, recording five assists in that span…  He has nine goals, 22 assists and 31 points through 60 games this season… His nine goals are tied for the team defense lead and is one goal shy of tying his career-high (10 - 2011-12), while four of his nine goals are game-winning goals which ranks second on the team and is a new career high… His 31 points are the third-most points in a season in his six-year NHL career and most since 2011-12 with the Rangers, while his 113 shots tie his career-high set in the same year… Against the Penguins, Del Zotto has seven assists, including one this season, in 26 career games. Crosby scored the lone Penguins goal against the Flyers last Wednesday for his 300th NHL goal… He is also riding a five-game point streak where he has three goals and seven points to maintain his lead in the NHL’s scoring race… Crosby leads the NHL with 81 points, one point ahead of Islanders John Tavares… He is looking to become the first player since Jaromir Jagr (4x: 1998-01) to repeat as the NHL scoring champion in back-to-back years and just the ninth player in NHL history to win three Art Ross Trophies in his career… Against the Flyers, Crosby has 31 goals and 76 points in 51 career games.
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