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FIVE THINGS: Canadiens vs. Flyers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers enter the month of February where they will have 15 games in a span of 29 days… Its the shortest month of the year and the Flyers have the most games of any other month in their season… They have only two, two-day breaks in between games and will play three sets of back-to-backs… 10 of the 15 games are against Eastern Conference opponents, while six are in the Metropolitan Division… They have seven road games, five of which come in the form of a five-day road trip towards the end of the month.

The Flyers come into tonight looking for two straight wins for the first time since they won four straight from Jan. 5-13, a streak that started with a win over the Montreal Canadiens… The Flyers have had their last seven games decided by one goal (3-3-1) and 10 of their 11 games to start the Calendar year decided by one goal… The Flyers have recorded a goal on the power play in each of their last four games, going 6-for-18, in that stretch… The Canadiens come into tonight hoping for a reversal of fortune: They began the 2015-16 season with nine straight victories and won 13 of 16 games to begin the year… Lately, Montreal has lost two straight, eight of their last 11 games (3-7-1) and since Dec. 3 have dropped 19 of 24 games to post a 5-18-1 mark.
Shayne Gostisbehere is on a career-high four-game point streak where he has five assists and six points - he leads all rookie defensemen goals (8), assists (14) and points (22)… Brayden Schenn led the Flyers with three points (1g-2a) in the first meeting  of the year against Montreal… Steve Mason has a perfect 3-0-0 career record against Montreal, posting a 1.62 GAA and .936 save percentage… The reigning Vezina Trophy winner and NHL MVP, Carey Price, has not seen action since Nov.  25, missing the last 27 games due to a lower-body injury - prior to injury, he was 10-2-0 with a 2.06 GAA and .934 save percentage… Max Pacioretty leads the Habs in goals (19), power-play goals (7) and game-winning-goals (4)… Since his return from an injury on Jan. 1, Brendan Gallagher has seven points (3g-4a) in 11 games.
Voracek is the hottest player coming out of the All-Star break… He is riding a three-game point streak with three goals and five points, and has points in six of his last seven games (4g-6a)… Since Dec. 11, Voracek leads the team in scoring with 21 points (7g-14), which is seven points more than the next Flyer players (Couturier & Gostisbehere: 14pts)… After going the first 30 games scoring just one goal, Voracek has seven goals in his last 17 games…  Against the Canadiens, Voracek averages nearly a point per-game with 16 points (3g-13a) in 17 career games. Subban has been the Canadiens most consistent producer on the scoresheet lately… He has four points (1g-3a) in his last two games and has recorded at least a point in eight of his last nine games with three goals and seven assist for 10 points… He is one of four defensemen in the entire NHL (CAR: Faulk, NSH: Josi, OTT: Karlsson) to lead his team outright in scoring with 37 points (4g-33a) in 50 games, which also ranks fourth among all NHL defensemen… Against the Flyers, Subban has 12 points (2g-10a) in 20 career games.

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