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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 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 117 140 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 52 16 29 -8 45
J. Voracek 52 8 34 -3 42
W. Simmonds 52 19 16 -7 35
B. Schenn 50 14 15 -2 29
S. Gostisbehere 34 9 19 3 28
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 51 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 52 4 10 -7 14
M. Del Zotto 50 4 9 -10 13
M. Raffl 52 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 14 7 .915 2.70
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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