Are you a numbers guy? Do you think the stats paint a clearer picture of a game than highlights do? Well, here are some numbers for the Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers you'll want to check out before the series begins:
-The Caps are the 1st NHL team that did not lost consecutive games in regulation since the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens.
-Washington's 12 consecutive home wins from Nov 21, 2015 to Jan. 17, 2016 are the longest streak for the franchise since a 13-game win streak in 2009-10.
-Record in 1-goal games: 27-6-8, tied for the most wins in the NHL.
-The Caps are 32-4-4 in games in which they have scored a power play goal.
-Washington leads the NHL with a +57 goal differential.
-Six players have 20+ goals this season, the most in the NHL.
-Record when scoring first: 34-2-2
-Record when leading after the first period: 21-0-1
-The Caps are the only team unbeaten in regulation when leading after the first period.
-Record after allowing the first goal: 22-16-6. The 22 wins and 50 points both lead the NHL.
-Record when leading after the second period: 37-0-1. They are one of only seven teams that are unbeaten in regulation when leading after the second period. Their last regulation loss when leading after two came on March 5, 2015.
-Since Nov. 21, Washington is 23-5-3 in their last 31 home games outscoring opponents 101 to 70. That is the most home wins in that stretch in the NHL.
-The Caps have been outscored 59-55 in first periods this season, but outscored opponents 87-60 in second periods and 99-66 in third periods.
-The Flyers were five points out of a playoff spot on Feb. 25 and then went on a 15-5-3 run in their final 23 games to earn a wildcard spot passing Carolina, New Jersey, Ottawa, Boston and Detroit during that time.
-During the run, the Flyers outscored their opponents 68-55 and outshot them 752-651. That’s an average of 2.96 goals and 32.7 shots for per game to 2.39 goals and 28.3 shots against.
-In the last 23 contests, they had 85 power play opportunities while only facing 56 shorthanded situations (+29). In the previous 59 games, they had 195 PPs to 206 TSH (-11).
In the 23-game stretch from Feb. 25to when the Flyers clinched a playoff spot, 20 skaters played in at least one game and all of them picked up at least one point. They received goals from 17 of the 20 skaters during that time. Brayden Schennled the team in scoring during that run (8-13-21) while Wayne Simmonds was one point behind him and led the team in goals (11-9-20).
-Steve Mason took over the Flyers crease for 12 consecutive games when Michal Neuvirth went down with a lower body injury. He played those games over the course of just 22 days from March 19 – April 9, and played the entirety of three sets of back-to-back games. He had a 6-4-2 record during the stretch with a 2.21 GAA and a .926 save percentage.
-Shayne Gostisbehere tallied 17 goals and 29 assists for the season, setting a frachise record for points by a rookie defenseman despite not arriving on the Flyers roster until Nov. 14.
-Gostisbehere had a 15-game scoring streak fromJan. 19 – Feb. 20, establishing Flyers and NHL records for longest scoring streaks by a rookie defenseman. He became the youngest Flyer ever to win the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers’ best defenseman.
-The Flyers had to play games without Sean Couturier this season for the first time in two years. The Flyers were 5-9-4 in the games Couturier missed and were 36-18-3 when he took the ice.
-Like the Caps, the Flyers were outscored 62-50 in the first period, but outscored opponents 74-72 in second and 77-70 in the third.
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