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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Columbus Blue Jackets

Flyers look to sweep the Blue Jackets in Columbus in home-and-home series finale

Saturday, 12.21.2013 / 7:00 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Columbus Blue Jackets
Philadelphia Flyers (16-15-4--36pts)
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  Columbus Blue Jackets (14-17-4--32pts)
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1. PRIME POSITION
The Flyers sit in the third and final playoff position in the Metropolitan Division with 36 points, one point ahead of Carolina & New Jersey… Tonight is the back end of the home-and-home series with the Blue Jackets after the Flyers scored five third-period goals to earn a 5-4 win on Thursday in Philadelphia… The Flyers have won the second game in five of their last six home-and-home series dating back to 2010, with four of the victories decided by a one goal margin… The Flyers visit the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first time in over three years (since Oct. 25, 2010) and just the third time in the last eight years… The Flyers lost the last two meetings at Columbus and overall are 2-2-2 in six games in Columbus since the team began play in 2000.

2. LATELY THE TEAMS…
The Flyers come into tonight's game having earned points in their last four games, going 3-0-1, and at least one point in the standings in six of their last eight games, going 4-2-2, however they have dropped their last four on the road, going 0-2-2… They have recorded four goals or more in their last three games overall… Four of the last six Flyers games have been decided by one goal… Columbus has dropped three straight games, all of which were one-goal games and have had five of their last six games decided by a single goal… Four different Blue Jackets scored in the loss for Columbus, while Claude Giroux factored into four of the five goals, including scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals in the third period.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
Six of the next eight games for Columbus are on the road, while seven of the next eight games for the Flyers will be on the road… The Flyers have the NHL's fourth best power play on the road, going 15-for-61 (24.6%)… The Blue Jackets are among the youngest teams in the NHL with an average age of 26.8 - oldest player is Derek MacKenzie (32) and youngest is Ryan Murray (20)… Scott Hartnell is two points shy of 500 in his NHL career, while Steve Downie needs one assist for 100 assists in the NHL… Columbus has scored just one goal on the power-play in their last six games, going 1-for-15… The Blue Jackets have allowed 30 or more shots in each of their last six games, while the Flyers have fired 35 and 39 shots on goal in their last two games.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Claude Giroux - (C) #28
Giroux posted a pair of goals and assists for a four-point night in the Flyers' 5-4 win over Columbus on Thursday, including the game-tying and game-winning goals… Giroux currently has points in five straight games, including three multi-points games, and averages two points-per-game in that stretch with four goals and six points in the five-game span… He leads the Flyers with four game-winning goals, as well as points (31) and assists (21)… He ranks second on the team in time-on-ice (21:07).
 
5. Player to watch BLUE JACKETS: Nick Foligno - (LW) #71
Foligno is tied for second on the team in goals (10) and third on Columbus in points (19)… He posted a goal in the Blue Jackets loss on Thursday and has points in two straight games… He also has five of his 10 goals on the season in his last 10 games… In 17 games against the Flyers, Foligno has 10 points, nine of them are goals.

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"It's always nice when you look at it and you see your team in the playoffs, but there's a lot of work. We have a big game Saturday and they're going to be better. Trust me."
- Craig Berube

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Gostisbehere 6 1 1 0 2
B. Schenn 6 0 2 2 2
W. Simmonds 6 0 2 -1 2
S. Gagner 6 0 2 1 2
J. Voracek 6 1 0 -1 1
M. Raffl 6 1 0 0 1
R. White 6 1 0 0 1
C. VandeVelde 6 1 0 -1 1
A. MacDonald 6 1 0 0 1
B. Manning 6 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 2 1 0 .981 0.67
S. Mason 0 3 0 .852 4.09
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