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FIVE THINGS: Oilers vs. Flyers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers enter the month of March, where they have 14 games in 28 days including three sets of back-to-backs in which five of those six games are played on the road… They are three points behind Pittsburgh for the final playoff spot with three games remaining against the Penguins… The Flyers are in the midst of a six-game homestand, having won all three games and scoring an average of four goals per-game thus far… They have also scored a goal on the power play in all three games, operating at 50 percent (4-for-8)… The Flyers have won five of their last seven (5-1-1) and have earned points in 18 of 26 games since the start of the new year, going 14-8-4.
The Oilers come into tonight having won two straight games… They have not won three games in-a-row since they had a six-game winning streak from Dec. 2-14… This is also the first game in back-to-back nights for the Oilers, who own a 4-2-2 record in the opening contest of back-to-back sets… The Oilers have not scored on the power-play in seven straight games, going 0-for-16 in that stretch… Taylor Hall leads the team in scoring with 20 goals and 54 points in 65 games… Goaltender Cam Talbot has made eight straight starts and has appeared in 20 of the Oilers last 21 games… He’s won two straight and faced over 30 shots in each of his last four games, stopping 133 of 139 shots and recording a .957 save percentage in that span… The Oilers have been outshot by their opponent in 43 of their 65 games (66.1%), but have 16 of their 24 wins when they are out-shot (16-22-5).
Second and final meeting of the season between the two clubs… The Flyers dropped the first contest in Edmonton, 4-2, with the Oilers scoring three goals in the final period and out-shot the Flyers, 49-22… The Flyers have dropped two straight against the Oilers, but own a three-game winning streak on home ice as the Oilers have not won at the Wells Fargo Center since Nov. 2, 2008… Taylor Hall led the Oilers with three points (1g-2a) in the first meeting of the season, but Edmonton will be without injured center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who recorded two goals in the last meeting and has six goals and seven points in five games against the Flyers in his career… Claude Giroux averages a point-per-game against the Oilers in his career with eight points (3g-5a) in eight games, while former Oiler Sam Gagner has five points (2g-3a) in six games against the team that drafted him sixth overall in 2007.
Schenn is the hottest Flyer since the New Year began… He leads the team in scoring since Jan. 1 with 27 points (14g-13a) in 26 games, which is also tied for seventh among all players in the NHL… He is coming off his first career hat trick, in the Flyers 5-3 win over Calgary, and is currently riding a three-game point streak in which he has six points (3g-3a) in that stretch… Schenn ranks second on the team in goals (21), power-play goals (11) and is tied for the team lead in game-winning-goals (4)… Against the Oilers, Schenn hasn’t had much luck, posting just two assists in six meetings in his career. Flyers fans get their first look at the rookie phenom, who will play his first game against the Flyers in Philadelphia… He led the Oilers to a 2-1 overtime win at Buffalo on Mar. 1 by scoring both goals, and prior to that, he earned the NHL’s rookie of the month honors for February after posting 17 points (5g-12a) in 14 games… He averages over a point-per-game pace (1.11) with 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points in 28 games… He missed 37 games due to a clavicle injury he suffered in the first meeting against the Flyers on Nov. 3.

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