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Flyers News and Notes

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers


- The Flyers have a 40-21-10 record for 90 points through 71 games. They are first in the Atlantic Division, third in the Eastern Conference and tied for seventh overall in the NHL. The Flyers have won their last four games and five of their last six games (4-0 win at Florida on Wednesday, March 15, 6-3 loss at Tampa Bay on Friday, March 17, 4-2 win at Atlanta on Saturday, March 18, 2-1 at New Jersey on Tuesday, March 21, 6-3 win at NY Rangers on Wednesday, March 22 and 6-3 win vs. Ottawa on Saturday, March 25).

- The Flyers have won at least 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 11 games left in the regular season, including five at home and seven on the road. The Flyers have eight games left against Atlantic Division opponents (three at home and five on the road).

- The Flyers have a 20-10-6 record for 46 points through 36 home games and a 20-11-4 record for 44 points through 35 road games. Their 44 points earned in road games is tied for fifth most in the NHL.

- The Flyers have a 35-18-8 record against Eastern Conference opponents and 15-6-3 record against Atlantic Division opponents this season.

- Center Peter Forsberg is tied for 24th in the NHL in scoring with 71 points and is tied for ninth in the NHL in assists with 52, despite missing 17 games due to injury. Forsberg is third in the NHL in assists per game (Forsberg = 0.96 assists per game; behind San Jose's Joe Thornton at 1.17 assists per game and Ottawa's Jason Spezza at 1.00 assists per game).

- Left wing Simon Gagne is tied for 26th in the NHL in scoring with 70 points, is sixth in the NHL in goals with 41 and is seventh in the NHL in plus/minus with a +28 rating, despite missing 10 games due to injury this season. His 41 goals this season are a new career high and his 70 points this season are a new career high. He is tied for third in the NHL in goals per game, averaging 0.67 goals per game this season.

- Forsberg leads the team in assists (52) and points (71).

- Gagne leads the team in goals (41), plus/minus (+28), game-winning goals (7) and shots (288). He is second on the team in points with 70.

- Right wing Mike Knuble is the only Flyer to appear in all 71 of the team's games this season.

- Defenseman Joni Pitkanen is tied for 19th among defensemen in scoring with 40 points (11G,29A). He has set new career highs for goals (8, 2003-04), assists (19, 2003-04) and points (27, 2003-04) in a season, despite missing 24 games due to injury. Pitkanen ranks fifth among defensemen in points per game at 0.85 points per game.

- The Flyers are the only team in the NHL with three players ranked among the top 20 rookies in points (Jeff Carter - 11th with 35 points, Mike Richards - 15th with 31 points and R.J. Umberger - tied for 18th with 29 points).

- Twelve rookies have played for the Flyers this season (Jeff Carter, Ben Eager, Matt Ellison, Josh Gratton, Randy Jones, Freddy Meyer, Antero Niittymaki, Alexandre Picard, Mike Richards, Stefan Ruzicka, Wade Skolney, R.J. Umberger). The 12 rookies have combined to record 53 goals and 134 points. Their 53 goals are the most by the team's rookies since the 1993-94 team's rookies scored 52 goals. The team record for most goals by rookies in one season is the 96 goals scored by the rookies on the 1983-84 Flyers. Their 134 points are the most by the team's rookies since the 1992-93 team's rookies recorded 149 points. The team record for most points by rookies in one season is the 258 points recorded by the 1983-84 Flyers.

- Goaltender Antero Niittymaki is third among rookie goalies is wins with 22. Niittymaki's 22 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 344.

Games This Week:

- Flyers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, March 28: This is the third of four games between these two teams this season. They meet for the final time this season on Saturday, April 8, in Philadelphia. The Flyers and Maple Leafs split the first two games of the series with both games played at Toronto, a 4-2 Maple Leafs win on Oct. 11 and a 5-2 Flyers win on Oct. 22. The game is on Comcast SportsNet and WIP 610-AM, starting at 7:00 p.m.

- Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils on Saturday, April 1: This is the sixth of eight games between these two teams this season. The Flyers have won three of the first five games; winning all three games in Philadelphia - 5-2 on Oct. 7, 2-1 on Nov. 30 and 2-1 on March 21 and losing both games at New Jersey - 3-0 on Jan. 9 and 2-1 in overtime on March 1. The Flyers finish the season series with the Devils with two games at New Jersey - on April 13 and 16. The Flyers have won their last five games against the Devils in Philadelphia. The Flyers' last loss against New Jersey in Philadelphia was on Dec. 13, 2003, 2-0. Saturday's game is on Comcast SportsNet and WIP 610-AM, starting at 2:00 p.m.

- Flyers at NY Islanders on Sunday, April 2: This is the seventh of eight games between these two teams this season. The Flyers have won four of the first six games; winning three of four games in Philadelphia and splitting the two games in New York. The two teams play for the final time this season on Tuesday, April 18, in New York. Flyers rookie center Jeff Carter leads all players in series scoring with eight points (2G,6A) in six games. Sunday's game is on Comcast SportsNet and WIP 610-AM, starting at 1:00 p.m.
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