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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 / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Vancouver Canucks
Flyers look for second straight road win in Vancouver
Philadelphia Flyers (18-16-4--40pts)
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  Vancouver Canucks (23-11-6--52pts)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

GAME NOTES  I NHL.com Preview
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.

QUOTABLE
"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

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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