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Flyers News and Notes

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
- The Flyers have a 35-20-10 record for 80 points through 65 games. They are second in the Atlantic Division, fifth in the Eastern Conference and tied for eighth overall in the NHL. The Flyers have lost their last two games and their last six road games (0-5-1).

- 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 17 games left in the regular season, including seven at home and 10 on the road. The Flyers have 10 games left against Atlantic Division opponents (four at home and six on the road).

- The Flyers have an 18-10-6 record for 42 points through 34 home games and a 17-10-4 record for 38 points through 31 road games. Their 38 points earned in road games is tied for the seventh most in the NHL.

- The Flyers have a 30-17-8 record against Eastern Conference opponents and 13-6-3 record against Atlantic Division opponents this season.

- Center Peter Forsberg is tied for 18th the NHL in scoring with 66 points and is fifth in the NHL in assists with 50, despite missing 16 games due to injury. Forsberg is one of two players in the NHL who are averaging more than one assist per game (Forsberg = 1.02 assists per game; San Jose's Joe Thornton = 1.10 assists per game).

- Left wing Simon Gagne is tied for 18th in the NHL in scoring with 66 points, is fifth in the NHL in goals with 38 and is seventh in the NHL in plus/minus with a +28 rating, despite missing 10 games due to injury this season. His 38 goals this season are a new career high. He is tied for first in the NHL in goals per game, averaging 0.69 goals per game this season.

- Forsberg leads the team in assists (50) and is tied for first on the team in points (66).

- Gagne leads the team in goals (38), plus/minus (+28), power play goals (11) and shots (256). He is tied for first on the team in points with 66.

- Right wing Mike Knuble is the only Flyer to appear in all 65 of the team's games this season.

- The Flyers are one of two teams in the NHL (Pittsburgh is the other) with three players ranked among the top 25 rookies in points (Mike Richards - 12th with 30 points, Jeff Carter - tied for 13th with 29 points and R.J. Umberger - tied for 24th with 24 points).

- Goaltender Antero Niittymaki is third among rookie goalies is wins with 19. Niittymaki's 19 wins are the most by a Flyers rookie goaltender since Brian Boucher won 20 games during the 1999-2000 season.

- The Flyers lead the NHL in man-game lost due to injury at 320.

Games This Week: (All three games this week are against Southeast Division opponents - Flyers have 10-4-3 record against Southeast Division teams this season.)

- Flyers at Florida Panthers on Wednesday, March 15: This is the fourth and final game between these two teams this season. The Flyers have won the first three games; 5-4 in overtime in Philadelphia on Oct. 27, 5-4 in Philadelphia on Nov. 12 and 3-2 in a shootout at Florida on Dec. 26. The Flyers are undefeated in their last nine games at Florida (8-0-1). The Flyers'' last loss at Florida was on Jan. 17, 2000, 3-1. Wednesday's game is on Comcast SportsNet and WIP 610-AM, starting at 7:00 p.m.

The Panthers have won their last three games.

- Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, March 17: This is the fourth and final game between these two teams this season. The Flyers have lost the first three games; 5-2 at Tampa Bay on Nov. 14, 4-2 in Philadelphia on Nov. 22 and 6-0 in Philadelphia on Jan. 28. The Flyers have lost their last seven games against Tampa Bay. The Flyers'' last win against the Lightning was on April 4, 2003, 4-1 at Tampa Bay. Friday's game is on Comcast SportsNet and WIP 610-AM, starting at 7:30 p.m.

- Flyers at Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday, March 18: This is the fourth and final game between these two teams this season. The Flyers have won two of the first three games; winning 4-3 in Philadelphia on Nov. 5 and 4-3 in overtime at Atlanta on Dec. 28 and losing 6-5 in overtime in Philadelphia on Nov. 18. Saturday's game is on Comcast SportsNet and WIP 610-AM, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Dates To Remember:
- March 26 = Flyers Fight For Lives Carnival at Wachovia Center
- April 21 = NHL Playoffs begin
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