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Daily Primer Jan. 8: Flyers finally head home

Wednesday, 01.08.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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Daily Primer Jan. 8: Flyers finally head home
The Philadelphia Flyers will play at home for the first time since Dec. 23 on Wednesday night, when they host the Montreal Canadiens at Wells Fargo Center.

It's been a long but rewarding couple of weeks for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Craig Berube's team will play in Philadelphia for the first time since Dec. 23 on Wednesday night, when the Flyers host the Montreal Canadiens at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m. ET, RDS, TSN, CSN-PH). Philadelphia won five of six games on its road trip and has been able to climb the standings and move into playoff position.

The Flyers are 22-14-4 since Berube replaced Peter Laviolette on Oct. 7.

"We have confidence in the system," goalie Ray Emery said after a 3-2 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. "At the start of the season, it seemed like we were kind of laboring and thinking. Now it seems like there are automatic plays out there, and we're confident in the system we're playing."

Here's a closer look at the action Wednesday:

Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers -- Montreal will be without rookie forward Alex Galchenyuk for the next 4-6 weeks. The 19-year-old sustained a broken hand Monday night in a 2-1 win against the Florida Panthers. Galchenyuk is tied for fourth on the team with 10 goals in 44 games. His 23 points are fourth on the team. The Flyers return to Wells Fargo Center for the first time since before the Christmas break. They went 5-1-0 on a six-game, 11-day road trip that concluded with the win Tuesday at New Jersey. After an 0-7-1 start to the season, Philadelphia now sits in second place in the Metropolitan Division.

New York Rangers at Chicago Blackhawks -- Daniel Carcillo, acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, could make his Rangers debut against the Blackhawks, the team he helped win the Stanley Cup with last season. Carcillo had one goal, one assist and 57 penalty minutes in 26 games with the Kings prior to the trade. Chicago returns to action for the first time since Sunday, when it suffered a 3-2 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks at United Center. Patrick Sharp, who was named to the Canadian Olympic team Tuesday, has three goals and two assists in the past three games.

Ottawa Senators at Colorado Avalanche -- Ottawa will be seeking a fifth consecutive win, a run that has moved them back into the playoff mix in the Eastern Conference. The Senators opened a four-game road trip Saturday and earned a 4-3 overtime victory against the Canadiens at Bell Centre on Clarke MacArthur's game-winning goal. Colorado will play the sixth of its seven-game homestand. The Avalanche had a three-game winning streak snapped Monday, when they suffered a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames. Rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon, the No. 1 pick at the 2013 NHL Draft, has seven goals in as many games.

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