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Flyers News and Notes

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers


- The Flyers have a 34-18-10 record for 78 points through 62 games. They are second in the Atlantic Division, fifth in the Eastern Conference and seventh overall in the NHL.

- The Flyers are on pace to win 40 games for the sixth consecutive season and for the ninth time in 10 seasons. The Flyers are on pace to record 100 points for the third consecutive season and for the fifth time in six seasons. The Flyers have finished in first or second place in the Atlantic Division for last 10 seasons (winning the Division Championship five times).

- The Flyers have 20 games left in the regular season, including nine at home and 11 on the road. The Flyers have 11 games left against Atlantic Division opponents (four at home and seven on the road).

- The Flyers have a 17-9-6 record for 40 points through 32 home games and a 17-9-4 record for 38 points through 30 home games. Their 38 points earned in road games is tied for the fifth most in the NHL.

- The Flyers have a 13-5-3 record against Atlantic Division opponents this season.

- Center Peter Forsberg is tied for 13th the NHL in scoring with 66 points and is third in the NHL in assists with 50.

- Left wing Simon Gagne is 16th in the NHL in scoring with 65 points, is fifth in the NHL in goals with 37 and is eighth in the NHL in plus/minus with a +26 rating. His 37 goals this season are a new career high.

- Forsberg leads the team in assists (50) and points (66).

- Gagne leads the team in goals (37), plus/minus (+26), power play goals (11) and shots (247).

- Right wing Mike Knuble is the only Flyer to appear in all 62 of the team's games this season.

- Goaltender Antero Niittymaki is third among rookie goalies is wins with 18. Niittymaki's 18 wins are the most by a Flyers rookie goaltender since Brian Boucher won 20 games during the 1999-2000 season.

Games This Week:

- Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, March 8: This is the fourth and final game between these two teams this season. The Flyers have lost two of the first three games; losing at Carolina on Oct. 28, 8-6, and in Philadelphia on Jan. 17, 4-3 in shootout, and winning at Carolina on Dec. 29, 4-3 in overtime. Michal Handzus leads all players in series scoring with six points (6A) in three games. Wednesday's game is on Comcast SportsNet and WPHT 1210-AM, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Carolina leads the NHL with 90 points and has won its last five games.

- Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, March 11: This is the third of four games between these two teams this season. The Flyers have lost the first two games, 2-1 in shootout in Philadelphia on Dec. 19 and 4-2 at Buffalo on Feb. 2. Saturday's game is on Comcast SportsNet and WIP, starting at 2:00 p.m. Saturday is also Fan Appreciation Day, which features "Shirt Off Our Backs" promotion.

- Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, March 12: This is the seventh of eight games between these two teams this season. The Flyers have won five of the first six games, including all three games played in Pittsburgh. Simon Gagne (6G,6A) and Peter Forsberg (2,10A) are tied for the lead in series scoring with 12 points in six games. The two teams meet for the final time this season on April 11 in Philadelphia. Sunday's game is on Comcast SportsNet and WIP, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Dates To Remember:
March 9 - NHL Trading Deadline (3:00 p.m.)
March 11 - Fan Appreciation Game (Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres - 2:00 p.m.)
March 26 - Flyers Fight For Lives Carnival at Wachovia Center
April 21 - NHL Playoffs begin
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