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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 / News
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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
Philadelphia Flyers (16-15-4--36pts)
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  Columbus Blue Jackets (14-17-4--32pts)
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GAME NOTES  I NHL.com Preview
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.

QUOTABLE
"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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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