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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Vancouver Canucks

Flyers look for second straight road win in Vancouver

Monday, 12.30.2013 / 9:07 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Vancouver Canucks
Philadelphia Flyers (18-16-4--40pts)
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  Vancouver Canucks (23-11-6--52pts)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

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1. THE FLYERS LATELY
The Flyers come into tonight riding a two-game winning streak and are winners of four of their last five games, while earning points in six of their last seven games (5-1-1)… The Flyers have scored four of their last seven goals on the power-play, going 4-for-9 in the last two games… Tonight is the second and last meeting on the year against the Canucks, who took a 3-2 win over the Flyers in Philadelphia on Oct. 15… Tonight is just the fourth meeting in Vancouver in the last 10 years for the Flyers - they own an overall record of 31-11-12-0, and prior to a loss in 2010-11 season, the Flyers had won seven straight games on the road against Vancouver.

2. ABOUT THE OPPONENT
The Flyers come into tonight playing one of the hottest teams in the NHL in Vancouver… The Canucks have gone 10-1-1 in the month of December and have won their last three games… The Canucks have also won six straight games on home ice, out-scoring their opponent, 20-6… Vancouver owns the NHL's best penalty-killing unit at 89.4 percent (110-for-123)… The Canucks own a 12-4-2 record against the Eastern Conference, with eight of those wins coming against the Metropolitan Division (8-2-1).

3. GOING FOR HISTORY
With his two goals on Saturday at Edmonton, Wayne Simmonds posted his third straight two-goal game, becoming the third Flyer in history do so (Reggie Leach - twice & Ross Lonsberry)… Should Simmonds post a multi-goal game tonight he would be the first player in Flyers history to record four consecutive multi-goal games… Beyond going for the record, Simmonds has a five-game point streak and is looking to tie his career-high six-game streak back in 2009 with the LA Kings… He currently has seven goals and nine assists on this current streak… He has as many points in December (12) as he did in the first two months of the season combined - Oct. (4) and Nov. (8).

4. Player(s) to watch FLYERS: Jakub Voracek (RW: 93) & Claude Giroux (C: 28)
Not to be overlooked by Simmonds streak, two Flyers are looking to extend career-high streaks of their own… Jakub Voracek is currently riding a nine-game point streak in which he has six goals and nine assists for 15 points, including five multi-point games… Flyers captain Claude Giroux is looking to extend his point streak to nine games - he has five goals and 10 assists during his eight-game streak and also has five multi-point games during the streak… Voracek has nine points (1g-8a) in 14 career games against the Canucks, while Giroux has six points (1g-5a) in just five career games against Vancouver.

5. Player to watch CANUCKS: Ryan Kesler - (C: 17)
Ryan Kesler posted two of the three Canucks goals, including the game-winner, to lead Vancouver to a 3-2 win over the Flyers on Oct. 15… He is tied for 5th in the NHL in game-winning goals (5) this season… Kesler has 22 points (12g-10a) in his last 29 games… He ranks second among all NHL forwards in time-on-ice per-game, averaging 22:05… Against the Flyers in his career, Kesler has five goals and six points in six games.

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"I liked our game but we still did some uncharacteristic things that could have cost us the game, and you can't do that… especially on the road."
- Craig Berube

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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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