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FIVE THINGS: Canadiens vs. Flyers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers return home to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time in over two weeks (15 days - Dec. 21)… They will look to avoid their fourth straight loss in regulation for the first time since Oct. 29-Nov. 3, but come into tonight with a three-game winning streak on home ice… The Flyers have also earned a point at home in four straight games, as well as eight of their last nine games, going 5-1-3 dating back to Nov. 17… Tonight is the end of a long road trip for the Canadians, who will play the last of an eight-game, 19-day road trip split up by the mandatory holiday break… The Canadiens play the first game after winning the Winter Classic, 5-1, over Boston (teams are 4-2-1 in the game after they have won the Winter Classic)… Montreal has won two of it’s last three games, but prior to that, lost six straight and 10 of their last 11 games.

The Flyers face the Canadiens for the first of three times this season - they are one of four teams in the Eastern Conference that the Flyers have not faced yet this season (DET, PIT & TOR)… It’s also the first time these two teams have met in almost a calendar year with the last meeting coming on Feb. 10, 2015… The Flyers went winless in three meetings last year, going 0-1-2, with a total of 18 goals scored in the three games (PHI: 7, MTL: 11)… At home the Flyers have had success against Montreal, going 7-0-1 dating back to Nov. 22, 2010 - a 4-3 overtime loss last season ended a seven-game winning streak the Flyers had at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers have recorded a goal on the power play in three of their last four games, going  3-for-15… Wayne Simmonds has points in two straight games, and four points (2g-2a) in his last four games… Shayne Gostisbehere has four goals and eight points in nine home games… Michal Neuvirth continues to lead the NHL in save percentage with a .937, ranking tops among 47 goaltenders who have played at least 640 minutes this season…  The Canadiens have won 17 of their 22 games this year when scoring the first goal (17-4-1), and 18 of 22 wins against the Eastern Conference… Max Pacioretty leads the Canadiens in both goals (16) and points (31) and has goals in two straight games and points in his last three games… PK Subban has 27 points in 40 games, 26 of them are assists, which ranks third among all NHL defensemen.

Voracek returns home where he has felt very comfortable lately - he has posted points in each of his last three games at home, averaging two points per-game with one goal and five assists for six points… Against Montreal, Voracek recorded three assists in last year’s season series and averages a point per-game against the Canadiens in his career with 16 points (3g-13a) in 16 games… The Canadiens are one of three NHL teams in which Voracek averages a point per-game or better in his career (CBJ & PIT)… Voracek is the “iron-man” leader of the Flyers, playing in 263 consecutive games entering tonight - he is also three points shy of 400 in his NHL career.

Despite missing 17 games due to injury, Gallagher ranks third on the team in goals scored (10) and is tied for fifth on the team in scoring with 21 points in 23 games… He returned to the lineup for the Winter Classic vs. Boston, recording a goal and an assist, and prior to his return had recorded points in seven of his last eight games which included a seven-game point streak… The 5’9”, 184-pound forward was drafted in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft… Against the Flyers, Gallagher has seven points (3g-4a) in nine career games.


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