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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 / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Minnesota Wild
Flyers look to climb above .500 before holiday break
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 MTL 60 39 16 5 162 133 83
2 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
3 NYR 59 37 16 6 186 145 80
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 60 26 21 13 145 169 65
10 PHI 61 26 24 11 162 178 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 59 26 29 4 155 184 56
14 TOR 60 24 31 5 167 183 53
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 61 18 38 5 114 204 41

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 61 19 45 5 64
C. Giroux 60 17 40 2 57
W. Simmonds 61 24 18 -2 42
M. Streit 61 8 30 -3 38
B. Schenn 61 11 23 -3 34
S. Couturier 61 12 14 -1 26
M. Del Zotto 49 7 16 -7 23
M. Read 61 5 18 -8 23
M. Raffl 46 13 3 4 16
V. Lecavalier 44 7 9 -9 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 11 12 7 .925 2.27
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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