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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Montreal Canadiens

Flyers return home to face Briere and the Canadiens

Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 7:00 AM / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Montreal Canadiens
Flyers return home to face Briere and the Canadiens
Philadelphia Flyers (13-15-3--29pts)
vs
  Montreal Canadiens (19-10-3--41pts)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

GAME NOTES  I NHL.com Preview
1. HOME-SWEET-HOME
The Flyers return home after a six-game, 13-day road trip in which they went 2-3-1… In returning to the Wells Fargo Center, they currently have a five-game winning streak in which they have out-scored the opposition 20-8… Matt Read leads the team on home-ice, scoring six of his nine goals at the Wells Fargo Center and nine of his overall 14 points are at home, while Sean Couturier currently has a four-game point streak on home ice, posting two goals and five points in that stretch… Tonight is also the second half of games on back-to-back nights - the Flyers own a 3-2-0 record, including winning the last three of the second game in contests on back-to-back nights - all three of the victories have been one-goal games.

2. AGAINST THE CANADIENS
Tonight is the second of three meetings with the Habs and first of two on home-ice - The Flyers dropped a 4-1 decision on Oct. 5… The Flyers have won the last five games against the Canadiens on home-ice dating back to the 2009-10 season, they have out-scored the Habs, 20-9 during that five-game home winning streak… The Flyers own a 36-34-16-2 record at home against the Canadiens, but have a losing record overall in 179 meetings, going 68-77-30-4… The Flyers are 4-3-2 against Canadian teams this season, and have earned points in their last six games against teams from Canada, going 4-0-2… Montreal comes into tonight having earned a point in the standings in 10 of their last 11 games, going 9-1-1 in that span - seven of the 11 games have been decided by one goal.

3. DANNY'S BACK
Tonight marks the first time former Flyer Danny Briere returns to Philadelphia after being bought out over the summer… Briere spent six seasons with the Flyers, recording 124 goals and 159 assists for 283 points in 364 regular season games… He averaged over a point-per-game in the playoffs for the Flyers, recording 37 goals and 35 assists for 72 points in 68 games - his 72 points rank sixth in Flyers history in playoff scoring… His nine game-winning-goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Flyers place him second in team history… Briere also holds the Flyers record for most points in a playoff year after leading all players in the 2010 playoffs with 30 points (12g-18a) to help the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final… Prior to joining the Flyers, Briere has 18 points (9g-9a) in 17 career games against the Orange & Black.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Jakub Voracek - (RW) #93
Voracek has the hot hand for the Flyers recently, posting goals in two straight games… Six of his nine assists on the year have come on home-ice… He is fourth on the team in shots (73) and three of his five goals on the year have come on the power-play… Against the Canadiens, Voracek is a point-per-game player with 11 points (3g-8a) in 11 games.
 
5. Player to watch CANADIENS: Tomas Plekanec - (C) #14
Plekanec comes into tonight's game with points in three of his last four (2g-2a), and five goals and eight points in his last nine games… Plekanec is tied for the team lead in goals (11) and is second on the team with 22 points in 32 games… He is also tied for the team lead with a +10 rating, while leading all forward on the Canadiens in time-on-ice per-game, averaging 19 minutes… Against the Flyers, Plekanec has 18 assists and 24 points in 32 games.

QUOTABLE
"Montreal is at home waiting and we have to be ready to go. We have to play 60 minutes; can't take shifts off; make critical mistakes because it costs you."
- Craig Berube

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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