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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Colorado Avalanche

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

Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 7:00 AM / 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 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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