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Flyers News and Notes

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers


- The Flyers have a 41-23-10 record for 92 points through 74 games. They are second in the Atlantic Division, fifth in the Eastern Conference and tied for eighth overall in the NHL. The Flyers' "magic number" to clinch a playoff spot is five (points earned by Flyers, points lost by Atlanta or combination of both).

- 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 the last 10 seasons (winning the Division Championship five times).

- The Flyers have eight games left in the regular season, including three at home and five on the road. The Flyers have six games left against Atlantic Division opponents (two at home and four on the road).

- The Flyers have a 20-12-6 record for 46 points through 38 home games and a 21-11-4 record for 46 points through 36 road games. Their 46 points earned in road games is tied for fourth most in the NHL. The Flyers have a chance to break the team record for most wins in road games in a season (24 in 2002-03) and most points in standings earned in road games (55 in 2002-03).

- The Flyers have a 36-20-8 record against Eastern Conference opponents and 16-7-3 record against Atlantic Division opponents this season.

- Center Peter Forsberg is 25th in the NHL in scoring with 73 points and is tied for eight in the NHL in assists with 54, despite missing 17 games due to injury. Forsberg is third in the NHL in assists per game (Forsberg = 0.95 assists per game; behind San Jose's Joe Thornton at 1.12 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 72 points, is tied for sixth in the NHL in goals with 42 and is 13th in the NHL in plus/minus with a +27 rating, despite missing 10 games due to injury this season. His 42 goals this season are a new career high and his 72 points this season are a new career high. He is fourth in the NHL in goals per game, averaging 0.66 goals per game this season.

- Forsberg leads the team in assists (54) and points (73).

- Gagne leads the team in goals (42), plus/minus (+27), game-winning goals (7) and shots (299). He is tied for first on the team in power play goals with 12 and is second on the team in points with 70.

- Right wing Mike Knuble is the only Flyer to appear in all 74 of the team's games this season. Knuble has set new career highs for goals in a season (31) and points in a season (60).

- Defenseman Joni Pitkanen is tied for 18th among defensemen in scoring with 41 points (12G,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 0.82 points per game.

- The Flyers are only one of two teams in the NHL (Anaheim) with three players ranked among the top 20 rookies in points (Jeff Carter - tied for 11th with 36 points, Mike Richards - tied for 17th with 32 points and R.J. Umberger - 20th with 31 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 56 goals and 138 points. 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 138 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-games lost due to injury at 351.

Games This Week:

- Flyers at NY Rangers on Tuesday, April 4: This is the seventh of eight games between these two teams this season. They meet for the final time this season on Saturday, April 15, in Philadelphia. The Flyers and Rangers have split the first six games of the series with the Flyers winning all three games played in New York. The Flyers have never won four games against the Rangers in New York in a single season. The Flyers have won their last six games against the Rangers in New York. The Flyers' last loss against the Rangers in New York was on March 7, 2003, 5-1. Three of the six games played this season have been decided in overtime (with the Flyers winning two of the three overtime games). The Rangers' Jaromir Jagr leads all players in series scoring with 14 points (9G,5A) in six games. The game is on OLN and WIP 610-AM, starting at 7:00 p.m.

- Flyers at Buffalo Sabres on Friday, April 7: This is the fourth and final game between these two teams this season. The Flyers have lost the first three games. The Flyers are winless in their last seven games against the Sabres in Buffalo (0-6-1). The Flyers' last win against the Sabres in Buffalo was on April 8, 2001, 2-1. Friday's game is on UPN-57 and WIP 610-AM, starting at 8:00 p.m.

- Flyers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, April 8: This is the fourth and final game between these two teams this season. The Flyers have lost two of the first three games. The Flyers have never lost two home games against Toronto in a single season. The Flyers have not lost a season series to the Maple Leafs since losing both games against Toronto during the 1993-94 season. Saturday's game is on Comcast SportsNet and WIP 610-AM, starting at 7:00 p.m.
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