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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
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.

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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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