With their 3-1 win against the Capitals in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 6, the Flyers completed the first half of their 2005-06 regular season with a 27-8-6 record for 60 points in 41 games.
Monday's Flyers at New Jersey Devils game is the ninth game of an 11-game road trip for the Flyers, which is the longest road trip in the NHL this season and the longest road trip in team history. They have a 7-0-1 record through the first eight games of the trip. The Flyers have won 12 of their last 14 road games and have earned at least a point in each of their last 14 road games (12-0-2 record). The Flyers' 31 points earned in road games this season is the most in the NHL.
The Flyers have a 13-5-3 record for 29 points in 21 home games. The Flyers' nine-game home winning streak from October 7 through November 12 is the longest in the NHL this season.
Twenty-five of the team's 41 games have been decided by one goal this season, tied for the second most in the NHL. The Flyers have a 17-2-6 record in games decided by one goal (.680 winning percentage - second best in the NHL this season).
The Flyers have scored 149 goals this season (3.63 goals per game average - tied for fourth in the NHL).
Flyers center Peter Forsberg is tied for fifth in the NHL in scoring with 56 points and is tied for second in the NHL in assists with 42. Flyers left wing Simon Gagne is tied for 16th in the NHL in scoring with 47 points and ranks second in the NHL in goals with 29.
Ten Flyers have been selected to represent their country in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games (Robert Esche, Derian Hatcher and Mike Knuble - United States; Simon Gagne - Canada; Sami Kapanen and Joni Pitkanen - Finland; Peter Forsberg and Kim Johnsson - Sweden; Dennis Seidenberg - Germany; Michal Handzus - Slovakia). The 10 players are the second highest number from one team (behind Colorado with 11).
The Flyers have sold out 19 of 21 home games this season.
If team and player performance over the first half of the season is projected over a full season, the following team and individual records may be broken:
- Most Points in standings: Team record is 118 in 1975-76; 2005-06 Flyers project to reach 120. - Most Wins: Team record is 53 in 1984-85 & 1985-86; 2005-06 Flyers project to reach 54. - Most Points in standings earned in road games: Team record is 55 points in 2002-03; 2005-06 Flyers project to reach 62. - Most Wins in road games: Team record is 24 in 2002-03; 2005-06 Flyers project to reach 28. - Most Power Play Goals in a season: Team record is 98 in 1988-89; 2005-06 Flyers project to reach 96. - Most Shorthanded Goals in a season: Team record is 22 in 1986-87; 2005-06 Flyers project to reach 20. - Most Goals in a season: Team record is 61 by Reggie Leach in 1975-76; Simon Gagne projects to reach 58. - Most Assists in a season: Team record is 89 by Bobby Clarke in 1974-75 & 1975-76; Peter Forsberg projects to reach 84.
If team and player performance over the first half of the season is projected over a full season,
- Peter Forsberg will be the first Flyer to record 100 points since Eric Lindros registered 115 points in 1995-96. - Simon Gagne will be the first Flyer to score 50 goals since John LeClair scored 51 goals in 1997-98. - Nine Flyers will set career highs for points in a season (Peter Forsberg, Simon Gagne, Mike Knuble, Michal Handzus, Joni Pitkanen, Kim Johnsson, Mike Rathje, Jon Sim and Dennis Seidenberg). - Seven Flyers will set career highs for goals in a season (Forsberg, Gagne, Knuble, Pitkanen, Rathje, Branko Radivojevic and Seidenberg). - Nine Flyers will set career highs for assists in a season (Forsberg, Gagne, Knuble, Handzus, Pitkanen, Johnsson, Rathje, Sim, Seidenberg).