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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs San Jose Sharks

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers (30-23-6--66pts)

  San Jose Sharks (37-16-6--80pts)
TIME: 7 p.m.  I  TV: CSN  RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

The Flyers return to action for the first time after 18 days off due to the Olympic Games… They are 3-0-1 in the game following the Olympic break in the four previous seasons… Before entering the break, the Flyers won four consecutive games, out-scoring their opponent 12-4 in the process - they have also won five of their last six games… They will be looking to go undefeated in the month of February - the only other time the Flyers have gone unbeaten in the month of February was in 1976, when they went 10-0-4… The Flyers have 23 games remaining on the season, 14 of them on home-ice - they have won three straight games at home, and dating back to Nov. 9, the Flyers have gone 14-3-1 at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers host the San Jose Sharks for the first time in over three years, having last faced the San Jose at the Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 8, 2010, dropping a 5-4 contest in a shootout… The Flyers have also not defeated the Sharks on home ice in 13 years with their last victory coming on Dec. 21, 2000 - a 4-3 win in which Rick Tocchet had two goals and Daymond Langkow had a goal and two assists… The Flyers won the first meeting of the year against the Sharks, taking a 5-2 win at San Jose on Feb. 3, which was the first victory of any kind over San Jose since Dec. 12, 2000… The Flyers own an overall record of 14-11-4-3 against San Jose.

The Flyers come out of the Olympic break tied for second in the NHL for the most third-period goals, scoring 67 times in the final period… The Flyers have posted a third-period goal in seven-consecutive games, recording 13 goals, which is 61.9 percent of their goals in the seven game span (13 of 21)… The Flyers have also set a new franchise record for most third period comebacks, winning 10 times so far this year when trailing at some point in the third period.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Claude Giroux (C: 28)
Working off the comeback theme, Giroux leads the Flyers in third-period goals, scoring 11 of his 19 goals (57.8%) in the final frame - his 11 third-period goals rank second in the entire NHL behind only Sidney Crosby (12)… Giroux however does lead the NHL in scoring since Dec. 11, a span of 78 days with 37 points (14g-23a) in 29 games… Giroux has a four-game point streak with three goals and seven points during that stretch… Overall this season, he leads the Flyers in points (57) which is 11th overall in the NHL, and his 38 assists are tied for 8th in the league… He also leads the Flyers with 19 goals… Against the Sharks, Giroux had a goal and two assists in the only meeting this year and has four goals and eight points in six career games over San Jose.

5. Player to watch SHARKS: Logan Couture (C: 39)
Couture is expected to return to the line-up after missing the last 16 games before the break after undergoing surgery on his right hand on Jan. 8… Before coming out of the line-up, Couture had a five-game point streak in which he posted four goals and five points in that stretch… At the time of his injury, Couture was fourth on the team in points (35) and assists (14) in 43 games, while also ranking third among all NHL players in blocked shots (49)… Couture's first game in the NHL came in Philadelphia on Oct. 25, 2009 - he has just one goal in three career games against the Flyers.
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