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FIVE THINGS: Canucks vs. Flyers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers kick off a slate in which they will play five of their next six games against Western Conference opponents… They currently own a 4-5-3 record against the Western Conference, but are winless against the Pacific Division, going 0-2-3… The Canucks come in playing the third of a six-game, 11-day road trip… They are winless in their last five road games, going 0–3-2, and have been out-scored 10-2 in their last two games… Vancouver actually has more of their wins on the road (6) than at home (5) this season… The Flyers have lost three straight games to the Canucks and have been outscored 12-2 in the process… They have also lost four of their last five games at home against the Canucks with their last victory coming on Oct. 12, 2011.åç

Shayne Gostisbehere has points in five of seven games in December with six points (3g-3a) in that stretch… He is one of two players in the NHL (CGY: Johnny Gaudreau) to have three overtime goals this year… Brayden Schenn has a five-game point streak on home ice, recording two goals and three assists for five points… Overall, he has five of his seven goals and 10 of his 15 points playing on home ice - he also leads the Flyers in plus-minus at home at +4… Ryan Miller has nine of the Canucks’ 11 victories on the season, he is 9-11-6 with a 2.70 GAA and .910 save percentage… Tonight marks Canucks defenseman Alex Edler's 600th career game - Edler leads Vancouver this season in average time-on-ice (24:18)… The Canucks have had seven different players make their NHL debut this season, while the Flyers have had two (Evgeny Medvedev & Taylor Leier). 

The Flyers are 7–3-1 in their last 11 contests and have won three of their last five games at home, with all three victories coming in overtime, going 3-1-1… The Flyers are tied for the NHL lead in games past regulation play (13) and six of their last seven home games have been decided in overtime or a shootout… The Canucks lead the NHL in overtime losses this season (7)… Seven of the last nine Flyers goals have been scored in the second period and nearly half (43.1 percent) of the Flyers goals this season have come in the second period (28-of—65)… The Canucks have had 114 power play opportunities this season, the most of any team in the League, and have 21 goals on the man advantage which is T-8th in the NHL.

Voracek has points in two straight games and recorded his first three-point game of the year with a goal and two assists in the Flyers’ 4-3 OT win over Carolina on Tuesday, while playing with new line mates Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds… Voracek is tied for the team lead in assists (17) and is second in overall points at 19 through 31 games… Voracek’s team-leading iron-man streak is currently at 257 games, which is fifth all-time in Flyers history… Against the Canucks, Voracek recorded an assist in the only goal the Flyers scored in the first meeting and has one goal and nine assists in 18 career games.

Ranks sixth overall in the NHL’s scoring race with 34 points (14g-20a) and has points in three of his last four games, recording five points (2g-3a) in that span… He has registered at least a point in every other game since going scoreless in three straight games from Oct. 10-13… Sedin is seven games shy of reaching 1,100 in the NHL with 915 points and a plus-185 rating in 1,093 games… Against the Flyers, Daniel averages over a point per game with 17 points (4g-13a) in 16 games, but went scoreless in the first meeting of the year.


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