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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 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 49 16 27 -3 43
J. Voracek 49 8 33 3 41
W. Simmonds 49 18 16 -4 34
B. Schenn 47 14 15 -1 29
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
S. Gostisbehere 31 8 16 4 24
M. Read 48 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 49 4 10 -6 14
M. Raffl 49 6 6 4 12
M. Del Zotto 47 3 9 -8 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 12 6 .916 2.71
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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