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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Minnesota Wild

Flyers look to climb above .500 before holiday break

Monday, 12.23.2013 / 6:58 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Minnesota Wild
Philadelphia Flyers (16-16-4--36pts)
vs
  Minnesota Wild (20-13-5--45pts)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

GAME NOTES  I NHL.com Preview
1. GOING FOR NINE
The Flyers currently own an eight-game winning streak on home-ice, out-scoring opponents 32-15 in that span… The last nine-game home winning streak for the Flyers came over eight years ago, from Oct. 7-Nov. 12, 2005… The last 10-game home winning streak came during the 2003-04 season from Oct. 27-Dec. 5, which turned out to be an 11-game home-winning streak… During the Flyers home-winning streak, Claude Giroux leads the team with six goals and 12 points and is a +11… The Flyers are one of seven teams in the Eastern Conference with 10 wins on home ice.

2. THE MATCHUP
The Flyers own a 6-1-0 record on home ice against the Wild and are unbeaten in regulation in the last 10 seasons against Minnesota, going 4-0-1, at home… This is the second and final meeting of the season against the Wild, after the Flyers dropped a 2-0 game on Dec. 2 at Minnesota… Minnesota comes into tonight having lost two straight games and playing the second game on back-to-back nights, after a 4-1 loss at New York against the Rangers… The Wild own a 9-6-2 record against the Eastern Conference and 4-3-1 against the Metropolitan Division, while the Flyers have a 3-6-1 record against the Western Conference, including a 2-3-1 mark against the Central Division… 

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
The Flyers own a 3-4-1 record in the last eight years in games before the holiday break, while posting an overall record of 21-14-7-1 (7 ties & 1 shootout loss) in games before their holiday break… The Wild are unbeaten in regulation play when leading after the first period (8-0-1) and after the second period (14-0-3)… Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is still looking for his first goal of the season, he ranks third on the team with 21 points, all of them assists… Claude Giroux (4g-7a) has a six-game point streak, which ties his career-high, while defenseman Mark Streit (2g-3a) has a four-game point streak… The Flyers have given up only one goal on the penalty kill in their last five home games, going 13-for-14.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Jakub Voracek - (RW) #93
Voracek looks to extend his career-high, seven-game point streak to eight games tonight… He currently has six goals and five assists for 11 points during his streak, vaulting him to second on the team in assists (14) and points (23) and tied for second in goals (9)… Against the Wild, Voracek has six assists and seven points in 12 career meetings.
 
5. Player to watch WILD: Jason Pominville - (RW) #29
Pominville has goals in two straight games for the Wild, and points in five of his last seven games… He leads the Wild with 17 goals this season and is third with 25 points… He posted the game-winning-goal in the first meeting of the year… Pominville averages nearly a point per game against the Flyers in his career, posting 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points in 29 games.

QUOTABLE
"From now on every game is going to be important [because] our division is so tight. Every night some teams are winning, some teams are losing. The standings are tight and we need every point we can get."
- Sean Couturier

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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