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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Colorado Avalanche

Flyers return home to face Talbot and the Avalanche

Thursday, 02.6.2014 / 7:00 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Colorado Avalanche
Philadelphia Flyers (28-23-6--62pts)
vs
  Colorado Avalanche (36-15-5--77pts)
TIME: 7 p.m.  I  TV: CSN 
RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

OFFICIAL NHL GAME NOTES  I PHI vs COL: A Deeper Look
1. BACK AT HOME
The Flyers return home after three straight games on the road, going 2-1-0 on their six-day California trip… The Flyers will now play four straight games at home, breaking halfway through their homestand for the Winter Olympics (18-day break)… The Flyers have 25 games remaining this season with 16 of them remaining on home-ice, including 10 of 14 games in the month of March… The Flyers are tied (with Tampa Bay) for having played the fewest games at home so far this season (25).

2. THE PEEEEECOOOOO POWER PLAY
The Flyers have recorded a power-play goal in seven straight games, going 7-for-20 (35%) in that span… The Flyers have also posted at least one goal on the man-advantage in 11 of their last 13 games… Overall, the Flyers are tied for eighth in the NHL on the power-play at 19.8% (41-for-207), but rank 24th in the NHL on home ice, scoring just 14 goals on 96 chances at 14.6% - despite their home struggles, the Flyers have gone 50% (3-for-6) on the power-play in their last three games at home…  Claude Giroux leads the team on the power-play in assists (18) and overall points (24), while Wayne Simmonds leads the Flyers in goals on the man-advantage (9).

3. ABOUT THE FLYERS & ABOUT THE AVS
The Flyers have won three of their last four games, out-scoring the opposition 15 to 7 in that span… The Avs come into tonight having lost their last game (5-1 at NYR), which snapped a four-game winning streak… The Avs have won nine of their last 12 games and have earned at least a point in the standings in 18 of their last 23 games, going 14-5-4 in that span… This is the second and final meeting of the season against Colorado, who won the first meeting, 2-1 on Jan. 2… The Flyers have recorded a point in the standings in four consecutive home games against the Avalanche, going 2-0-2 and have not lost to the Avs in regulation at home since Mar. 16, 2002 (2-1 L)… Colorado, however, is 14-4-6 versus the Flyers since relocating to Denver in 1995… The Avs are also 8-2-0 in their last 10 meetings with the Flyers.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Claude Giroux (C: 28)
Giroux has posted multi-point games in two straight and in three of his last four games, recording three goals and eight points in that stretch… He also comes into tonight riding a four-game point streak on home ice where he has also posted eight points (3g-5a) and also recorded two points or more in three of those last four home games… Giroux now ranks third overall in the NHL in scoring since he posted his first goal of the season on Nov. 9, recording 48 points (18g-30a) in 42 games… Giroux has just played three games against the Avalanche in his career, recording one goal.

5. Player to watch AVALANCHE: Nathan MacKinnon (C: 29)
This past summer's No. 1 overall pick in the Draft comes into tonight's game riding a career-high six-game point streak, posting nine points (3g-6a) during the streak, while also recording at least a point in eight of his last nine games with 13 points (5g-8a) in that span… MacKinnon leads all NHL rookies in scoring with 42 points, while also leading all rookies with 20 goals and 22 assists in 56 games - he is one of just three players on the Avs to have appeared in every game so far for Colorado.

QUOTABLE
"It was a great road trip and we have to come back here and keep that momentum… We have to stay focused on these last two games because they're really important"
- Vincent Lecavalier

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

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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