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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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 51 16 28 -6 44
J. Voracek 51 8 34 -1 42
W. Simmonds 51 18 16 -6 34
B. Schenn 49 14 15 -1 29
S. Gostisbehere 33 9 18 4 27
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 50 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 51 4 10 -6 14
M. Del Zotto 49 4 9 -9 13
M. Raffl 51 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .916 2.69
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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