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5 Things: Flyers vs. Canadiens

The Flyers wrap up their season series with the Canadiens tonight in search of a sweep

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / philadelphiaflyers.com

Philadelphia Flyers (25-16-6, 56pts)
vs.
Montreal Canadiens (20-21-7, 47pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. |  TV: NBCSP |  RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION 

QUICK STATS
Season Series: 2-0-0
All-Time Record: 198gp (79-82-30-7)
Leading Scorer:
PHI - Sean Couturier (13g-28a): 41 pts
MTL - Tomas Tatar: 40-pts (16g-24a)

1. IN THE SAME BOAT

Both teams enter the second game on back-to-back nights, both of which have traveled... The Montreal Canadiens dropped a 4-1 decision at home to Chicago last night, while the Flyers beat the Blues, 4-3 in overtime, at St. Louis... The Flyers own a 5-3-2 record in "second" games (1-0-2 at home), have won two straight, three of their last four and have earned at least a point in six of their last seven second games, going 4-1-2... The Habs are 3-5-2 in second games (2-4-0 on the road) while 8 of the 10 have been decided by one goal, including their last four second games.

2. THAT'S ALL FOLKS

The Flyers and Canadiens wrap up the season series tonight with their third and final meeting... The Flyers won both games this year, both decided in overtime, and are looking for a series sweep for the second time in the last three years and fourth time in franchise history... Seven different Flyers have scored all the goals and five different players have multi-points in the series thus far... The Flyers have also earned points in 14 of the last 15 home games against the Habs, going 13-1-1 since Nov. 22, 2010.

3. THE HOME/ROAD FACTOR

The Canadiens have a better record on the road (11-9-3) than they do at home (9-12-4)... They also have the second-best power-play on the road, operating at over 28 percent (28.1%) and have scored a power-play goal in eight of their last 10 road games... The Flyers have the NHL's best winning percentage at home (.773) and have the fewest overall losses (7) of any NHL team with a 15-3-4 record at home... They also have the third-best penalty kill on home ice, killing off over 86 percent (86.8%).

4. THE PLAYERS HAVE...

Ilya Kovalchuk has five points (1g-4a) in six games since joining Montreal on Jan. 3 and averages a point per-game against the Flyers in his career with 51 points (25g-26a) in 51 games... Sean Couturier has recorded a point in seven straight second games of a back-to-back, as well as eight of the nine total with 10 points (2g-8a)... The Canadiens could have three players in tonight's lineup that were all former Flyers from just three seasons ago (Dale Weise, Jordan Weal & Nick Cousins)... Brian Elliott has won his last four starts against the Canadiens and owns a lifetime record of 8-3-1 (2.88 GAA & .912 save percentage). 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH

FLYERS (RW: #93 - Jakub Voracek)

Voracek has points in two straight games, including the OT game-winner vs. Blues last night... He also has two points in two games against the Habs this year, both of which were assists, including the game-winning assist in overtime in the last meeting... In his career, Voracek averages nearly a point per-game against Montreal with 29 points (7g-22a) in 30 games.

CANADIENS (LW: #90 - Tomas Tatar)

Tatar leads the Habs in every offensive category: goals (16), assists (23) and overall points (39) and has points in four of his last six games... He has two goals in the season series thus far against the Flyers as well as five points (3g-2a) in his last five meetings since joining the Canadiens.

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