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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. St. Louis Blues

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

T he Flyers have earned a point in the standings in four straight home games, going 3-0-1, as well as 10 of their last 11 (7-1-3) since Jan. 20 - The Flyers have nine home games remaining in the regular season and just three of their next 10 games will be at the Wells Fargo Center… The Flyers (66pts) are five points behind the Boston Bruins (71pts) for the final Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference but now have three teams to climb as Ottawa has 67 points with two games in hand on the Flyers and Florida, who has 69 points… The Flyers are tied for the most games decided past regulation at home this season at 12, going 6-6, and are tied for third in overall games played past regulation at 20, going 8-12 .

T he Blues are in the midst of an 11-day, five-game road trip, going 2-0-1 so far… They are also in the middle of playing 11 of 14 games on the road, which began on Feb. 26 at WPG… They are tied for the fourth most road wins in the NHL (18) and have won nine of their last 11 road games, with three of their last four road games having been decided by a shootout… At 85 points they are six points behind the overall NHL points lead with three games in hand on the leader (Anaheim) and two games in hand on Nashville (second)… The Blues own a 25-1-2 record when leading after the second period and have allowed the third-fewest goals in the third period this season (49)… Overall, the Blues are fifth in the NHL in goals-per-game (3.00) .

onight’s game marks the only team in the NHL the Flyers have yet to face - it is one of two meetings that will take place in a span of a week… The Blues are 8-3-0 against teams from the Metropolitan Division, including 5-1-0 on the road… The Flyers are 6-3-1 against teams from the Central Division, including 3-1-1 on home ice… The Flyers have the third best power-play in the NHL at 23%, while the Blues have the fourth best power play at 22.8%… The Flyers defense has scored 15 goals in the last 19 games and recorded at least a point in 18 of their last 19 games with 40 points (15g-25a) - Michael Del Zotto leads the Flyers with six goals and 15 points during that stretch… The Flyers have allowed at least one goal in the first period in seven of their last eight games and in 42 of 64 games so far this season… The Flyers have scored two goals in the third period in each of their last three games .

Streit leads the Flyers defense in goals (9), assists (32) and points (41)… His 41 points are tied for 10th among all NHL d-men and his 24 points at home rank fourth among all NHL d-men… He leads all Flyers in time-on-ice per-game, averaging over 22 minutes (22:20) through 64 games - he is also the only Flyers defenseman to have a played in all 64 games… He is one goal, two assists and three points shy of tying his total output from last season in all three categories with 18 games remaining… Lately, Streit has five points (1g-4a) in his last five games… Against the Blues, he has posted three assists in eight career games, including one helper in last year’s season series.

T arasenko is in the Top 5 of the NHL in goals scored (31) and Top 10 in points (61), both of which leads the Blues through 63 games… He is one of three players to have posted more than one hat tricks this season (DAL: Seguin & ANH: Perry) and first Blues player to do so since Brett Hull in 1996-97… He is also tied for fourth in the NHL in plus-minus at +27… The Blues are 20—4-0 when Tarasenko scores a goal… He has six points in his last six games (2g-4a)… At 23-years-old, Tarasenko became the youngest Blues player to reach the 30-goal mark since Brendan Shanahan in 1991-92… In his third full season in the NHL, Tarasenko has 60 goals and 123 points in 165 games, but has yet to face the Flyers.

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