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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Sharks

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
After dropping a 4-2 decision to the Ducks, the Flyers will look to avoid two straight losses in regulation for the first time since Nov. 10-12… The Flyers will also look to avoid their fourth straight loss on the road, going 0-2-1, in their last three after winning four straight road games prior to that… The Flyers have earned at least a point in the standings in 14 of their last 19 games, going 10-5-4… The Sharks dropped their last game, a 6-3 loss to the visiting Avalanche on Monday - it was San Jose’s third loss in their last four games… It was also their fourth straight loss on home ice - the Sharks have now dropped nine of their last 11 home games and have the NHL’s worst record at home, going 4-10-0.
This is the last of two meetings against the Sharks this season as the Flyers dropped a 1-0 overtime loss at the Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 19… The Flyers have dropped four straight games to the Sharks, with the last three coming by one goal and the last two decided in overtime… Since 2002, the Sharks have gone 15-1-2-0 against the Flyers, going 7-1-1-0 on home ice in that span with their only regulation loss coming on (Feb. 3, 2014, 5-3)… Despite that, the Flyers have an all-time winning record against the Sharks on the road, going 8-7-2-1 (.527)… Sharks captain Joe Pavelski has seven goals and 10 points in 11 career games against the Flyers, while Flyers captain Claude Giroux has five goals and nine career points in 10 games against the Sharks.
The line of Jakub Voracek (3g-5a), Wayne Simmonds (2g-1a) and Sean Couturier (2g-4a) have combined for 17 points (7g-10a) in five games since first playing together on Dec. 15… Matt Read has four assists in his last five games… The Flyers have recorded a goal on the power play in their last two games but have not recorded a power-play goal in three straight since Nov. 23-27, which was the only time all season they have done that… The Sharks have 13 of their 17 victories, going 13-2-0, when scoring the first goal of the game… San Jose also has 12 of their 17 victories against Eastern Conference opponents, including six wins against the Metropolitan Division… The Flyers rank third in the NHL in hits (1,069)… The Sharks rank sixth in the NHL in blocked shots (557).
As long as he keeps scoring, he’ll keep being the player to watch - Voracek enters tonight with a six-game point streak in which he has posted three goals and six assists for nine points… Since Nov. 14, Voracek leads the Flyers in scoring and has averaged a point per-game with 19 points (4g-15a) in 19 games… He is now four points shy of reaching 400 career points in the NHL having played 566 out of a possible 575 games to start his career…Against the Sharks, Voracek has just seven points (2g-5a) in 17 career games. Thornton comes into tonight’s game with a six-game point streak in which he has posted two goals and six assists for eight points… He is tied for fourth on the team with 24 points, but is tied for the team lead with 18 assists and leads the team outright in plus-minus with a plus-9 rating through 35 games… Four of his six goals on the season have come on the power play… Against the Flyers, Thornton has recorded 30 points (9g-21a) in 37 games - he scored his first NHL goal against the Flyers on Dec. 3, 1997 on Garth Snow.

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