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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Washington Capitals

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

T his is the first meeting of the season with the Capitals, who are the only team in the Metropolitan Division the Flyers have yet to face… Last season the team went 3-1-1 against the Caps and scored an average of four goals per-game in the season series, which saw a total of 41 goals scored in the five games… The series also saw a total of 322 penalty minutes (PHI: 156, WSH: 166)… Claude Giroux led all players in the season series with five goals and nine points… Steve Mason started four of the five games against the Caps last season… The Flyers have gone 6-2-0 at home against the Caps in the last four years… Tonight is the 200th meeting in franchise history between the two clubs with the Flyers going for their 106th victory and 64th win at home, going 105-68-19-7 all-time and 63-31-6-2 in Philadelphia.

T onight is the halfway point of the 2014-15 season for the Flyers, who play game No. 41… Jakub Voracek leads the NHL in assists (33) and overall scoring halfway through with 48 points in 40 games… The Flyers are one of two teams to have two players in the Top 10 in scoring (PIT: Crosby & Malkin) with Claude Giroux ranking sixth with 44 points in 39 games… Giroux is tied for second overall in the NHL in points on the power-play (19), while Wayne Simmonds is tied for second overall in the NHL in goals on the power play (9)…Last season the Flyers went 22-13-6 in the second half of last season, earning 50 points in the standings, including 13-7-3 at home…  The Flyers have 16 players returning from the end of last season’s roster.  

T he Flyers are in the midst of a four-game homestand, winning the first with a 2-1 shootout win over Ottawa on Tuesday… They own a 9-5-3 mark at the Wells Fargo Center and will play 9 of their next 12 games at home and have 24 of their final 42 games on home-ice… The Caps come into tonight’s game one of the NHL’s hottest teams having won three straight and seven of their last nine games, going 7-1-1… The Caps have just one regulation loss in their last 15 games, going 11-1-4 in that span… Washington has 20 of their 21 victories when scoring the game’s first goal, going 20-1-2, and 18 of their 21 victories when leading after the second period… Nicklas Backstrom leads the Caps in scoring thus far, posting 27 assists and 39 points… The Flyers are unbeaten in regulation when leading after two periods, going 10-0-1… The Flyers own the NHL’s best power play at home at nearly 30% efficiency (17-for-59) and have recorded a goal on the power-play on home ice in eight of their last 10 games.

Streit keeps piling up assists, recording a helper in his last game which gives him four helpers in his last five games… He also has 13 assists in his last 16 games, posting at least one helper in 12 of those 16 games… His last goal came on Nov. 22 vs. Columbus… Streit ranks seventh among all NHL defensemen in scoring with 26 points (4g-22a), while his 22 assists are tied for fourth among NHL d-men… Against the Capitals, Streit has seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points in 30 career games, including two goals in five games last season.

The Washington captain has recorded goals in four straight games and six of his last eight contests to record nine points in that eight-game span… He has climbed to sixth in the NHL’s goal scoring race with 20 goals and 35 points in 39 games… Ovechkin also has a plus-10 rating this season after recording a minus-35 rating last season… Ovechkin leads the NHL in shots on goal (189) and has recorded three shots or more in his last 13 games… Against the Flyers, Ovechkin averages nearly a goal per-game, posting 27 goals and 44 points in 33 career games, including three goals and five points in four games last season.

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