Scouting Report: Philadelphia Flyers
CALGARY, AB -- Not much has changed with the Philadelphia Flyers since they took two points from the Calgary Flames on New Year’s Eve.
The Flyers remain in eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, the same position they held before besting the Flames 4-1 on Dec. 31. That's not necessarily a bad thing, either. Philadelphia finds themselves third in the Metropolitan division, one point up on the Columbus Blue Jackets with one game remaining in their pre-Olympic schedule.
With points coming at a premium through the final quarter of the season for those in the playoff hunt, the Flyers would like to head into the break on a winning note.
This Season: 29-23-6, 64 points (8th in East)
Last season: 23-22-3, 49 points (10th in East)
Notable Injuries: None
Flames Season Series Record: 0-1-0
Though he’s not bound for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Giroux has been at his most productive of late. The Flyers captain has 10 points in his past six outings and currently tops all Philadelphia skaters with 19 goals, 37 assists and 56 points. He currently sits 11th overall in NHL scoring.
Though Schenn is enjoying the most productive season of his career, the Saskatoon, SK product has slumped of late, going six straight without a point. Going back over his past 10 games, Schenn has recorded just one goal, too. Still, the 22-year-old has 14 goals and 31 points in 58 games this season.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Mason has continued his masterful year in Philadelphia and enters Saturday’s matinee as one of the league’s hottest goaltenders having won four of his past five starts. The 25-year-old netminder is sporting a 23-14-5 record with a 2.49 goals against average and .918 save percentage this season.
Though he’s just 58 games into his season, Simmonds is only eight points shy of matching his career-high of 49 points, set with the Flyers in 2011-12. The 6-foot-2, 183-pound forward is only 10 back of matching his career best in goals of 28, too. In all, Simmonds trails only Giroux in club scoring.
After missing a week due to a foot injury, Timonen returned to the Flyers lineup in time to face the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. The 38-year-old Olympic-bound defenseman has 17 assists and 19 points this season. Though he’s managed 108 shots on goal, Timonen has just two goals to show for his work, a shooting percentage of 1.9.