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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Colorado Avalanche

Flyers going for fourth straight on the road; fifth straight overall win

Thursday, 01.2.2014 / 7:00 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Colorado Avalanche
Flyers going for fourth straight on the road; fifth straight overall win
Philadelphia Flyers (20-16-4--44pts)
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  Colorado Avalanche (24-11-4--52pts)
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GAME NOTES  I NHL.com Preview
1. DURING THE STREAK
The Flyers come into tonight looking to extend their season-high, four-game winning streak and possibly move into 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division, should the Capitals lose in regulation to the Hurricanes… The Flyers have won seven of their last nine games, going 7-1-1 in that span… During that nine-game stretch since Dec. 12, Claude Giroux is tied for the NHL lead in scoring (with PIT's Sidney Crosby) with 16 points (6g-10A), but has played one less game than Crosby, who has played 10 games… Jakub Voracek ranks fourth among all NHL players since Dec. 12 with 13 points (4g-9a)… Steve Mason is tied for the NHL lead among goaltenders (with ANH's Jonas Hiller) in wins (6) - he has a 2.49 GAA & .908 sv pct in that span.

2. ABOUT THE MATCH-UP
This is the first of two meetings on the year against Colorado (Feb. 6 in PHL)… The Avalanche are in the midst of a seven-game homestand in which they are 1-0-1, while the Flyers are in the midst of a six-game road trip in which they are 3-0-0… Since becoming the Avalanche in 1995, Colorado owns a 13-4-6 mark against the Flyers… In Denver, the Flyers have dropped their last five games, going 0-3-2, with their last win coming by way of a 2-1 OT victory on Dec. 27, 2002… The last time the Flyers visited the Avalanche (2011-12) they were on a five-game road winning streak and had it snapped with a 3-2 shootout loss… Overall in Denver, the Flyers own a 2-5-4-2 record… The Avs are 9-3-0 against Eastern Conference teams this season, including 5-1-0 against the Metropolitan Division.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
The Flyers have scored at least one goal in the third period in their last eight games and, of their 31 total goals in that span, 14 have been scored in the third period… The Flyers will face the NHL's 1st overall draft pick this past season, Nathan MacKinnon, who ranks second among all rookies in scoring with 24 points (10g-14a) in 39 games… Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy is in his first season as head coach of the Avalanche - he became the first coach in NHL history to win 14 of his first 16 career games… The Avalanche have led after the 2nd period in 22 of their 39 games so far this season and are unbeaten in regulation in that situation, going 21-0-1… Tonight marks the first game against their former teams for Steve Downie and Max Talbot since the two were traded for each other on Oct. 31.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Scott Hartnell (LW: 19)
Scott Hartnell comes into tonight riding a five-game point streak in which he has six points (2g-4a) - it is his longest point streak since the 2011-12 season when he had a seven-game streak (3g-7a) that started against the Avalanche at Colorado from Dec. 19-Jan. 5… Hartnell has posted 14 of his 19 total points on the year while playing on the road with five goals and nine assists away from the Wells Fargo Center… In 29 career games against the Avalanche, Hartnell has seven goals and 17 points.

5. Player to watch AVALANCHE: Gabriel Landeskog - (LW: 92)
Landeskog ranks second on the team in points (28) and assists (16)… He currently has a four-game point streak, where he has three goals and five points… He became the NHL's youngest captain at 19 years, 297 days on Sept. 4, 2012… He was taken 2nd overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and won the Calder Trophy as NHL's Rookie of the Year for the 2011-12 season after he posted 52 points (22g-30a) in 82 games… Landeskog has played just one game against the Flyers, scoring one goal.

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"Six points in three games, especially when you haven't been playing well - it's huge."
- Scott Hartnell

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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