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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Montreal Canadiens

Flyers visit Habs for their road opening game of the season

Friday, 10.4.2013 / 6:17 PM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Montreal Canadiens
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1. ROAD OPENER
The Flyers own a 4-1-1 record in their last six road-opening games of the season with their only regulation loss coming last season (5-2 at Buffalo)… All-time, the Flyers own a 20-14-11 record in road-openers… The last time the Flyers scored more than three goals in their road-opener was the 1995-96 season - a 7-1 victory at Montreal… Four of the last six road-opening games have been decided by one goal… Tonight is just the third time in franchise history that the Flyers have opened the season by playing two Canadian teams, the other times coming in 2007-08 and 2002-03 when they played three straight teams from Canada.

2. TONIGHT'S OPPONENT
The last time the Flyers played their road-opener at Montreal was 1995-96 when they earned a 7-1 victory… This is only the third time in Flyers history that the club has had their first road game of the season at Montreal (1995-96 & 1983-84)… Last season, the Flyers went 2-1-0 against the Canadiens as the teams recorded a combined 23 goals (PHI 13, MTL 10) through the three games… Jakub Voracek led the Flyers with six points (2g-4a) in three games against Montreal last season… Carey Price lost both games against the Flyers last season, allowing 10 goals on 62 shots for a 6.05 goals-against average… All-time, the Flyers are 68-76-30-4 in 178 games vs. Montreal, who are one of only two franchises which the Flyers have an all-time losing record (Boston).

3. A FAMILIAR FOE
Tonight marks the first time that Danny Briere will face the Flyers after being bought out of his contract this past summer… Briere signed an 8-year contract with the Flyers on July 1, 2007 and spent six seasons in Philadelphia where he played the most games of his career (364), posting 124 goals and 159 assists for 283 points in the regular season and adding another 37 goals and 35 assists in 68 Stanley Cup Playoff games, which included leading all players in the 2010 playoffs with 30 points (12g-18a) in 23 games when the Flyers reached the Stanley Cup Final.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Vincent Lecavalier - (C) #40
Lecavalier picked up his first point as a Flyer in the season opening game, setting up Brayden Schenn on the power play… He is currently the Flyers leader for most points against the Canadiens in his career… He has 19 goals and 42 points in 53 games against the Habs, including a goal and an assist in three games against Montreal last season.

5. Player to watch CANADIENS: Max Pacioretty  - (LW) #67
Pacioretty led the Canadiens in scoring last season with 39 points (15g-24a) in 44 games.. He posted six of those points against the Flyers, recording a goal and five assists in three meetings last season… Overall, Pacioretty averages over a point-per-game against the Flyers in his career with nine assists and 12 points in 11 games.

QUOTABLE
"Seeing him in warm-ups will be obviously a little different. A lot of emotions, but when push comes to shove during the game if there's a puck up for grabs it's going to be my puck instead of his."
- Scott Hartnell on playing against Danny Briere

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 51 16 28 -6 44
J. Voracek 51 8 34 -1 42
W. Simmonds 51 18 16 -6 34
B. Schenn 49 14 15 -1 29
S. Gostisbehere 33 9 18 4 27
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 50 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 51 4 10 -6 14
M. Del Zotto 49 4 9 -9 13
M. Raffl 51 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .916 2.69
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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