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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Colorado Avalanche

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers (20-16-4--44pts)

  Colorado Avalanche (24-11-4--52pts)

The Flyers come into tonight looking to extend their season-high, four-game winning streak and possibly move into 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division, should the Capitals lose in regulation to the Hurricanes… The Flyers have won seven of their last nine games, going 7-1-1 in that span… During that nine-game stretch since Dec. 12, Claude Giroux is tied for the NHL lead in scoring (with PIT's Sidney Crosby) with 16 points (6g-10A), but has played one less game than Crosby, who has played 10 games… Jakub Voracek ranks fourth among all NHL players since Dec. 12 with 13 points (4g-9a)… Steve Mason is tied for the NHL lead among goaltenders (with ANH's Jonas Hiller) in wins (6) - he has a 2.49 GAA & .908 sv pct in that span.

This is the first of two meetings on the year against Colorado (Feb. 6 in PHL)… The Avalanche are in the midst of a seven-game homestand in which they are 1-0-1, while the Flyers are in the midst of a six-game road trip in which they are 3-0-0… Since becoming the Avalanche in 1995, Colorado owns a 13-4-6 mark against the Flyers… In Denver, the Flyers have dropped their last five games, going 0-3-2, with their last win coming by way of a 2-1 OT victory on Dec. 27, 2002… The last time the Flyers visited the Avalanche (2011-12) they were on a five-game road winning streak and had it snapped with a 3-2 shootout loss… Overall in Denver, the Flyers own a 2-5-4-2 record… The Avs are 9-3-0 against Eastern Conference teams this season, including 5-1-0 against the Metropolitan Division.

The Flyers have scored at least one goal in the third period in their last eight games and, of their 31 total goals in that span, 14 have been scored in the third period… The Flyers will face the NHL's 1st overall draft pick this past season, Nathan MacKinnon, who ranks second among all rookies in scoring with 24 points (10g-14a) in 39 games… Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy is in his first season as head coach of the Avalanche - he became the first coach in NHL history to win 14 of his first 16 career games… The Avalanche have led after the 2nd period in 22 of their 39 games so far this season and are unbeaten in regulation in that situation, going 21-0-1… Tonight marks the first game against their former teams for Steve Downie and Max Talbot since the two were traded for each other on Oct. 31.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Scott Hartnell (LW: 19)
Scott Hartnell comes into tonight riding a five-game point streak in which he has six points (2g-4a) - it is his longest point streak since the 2011-12 season when he had a seven-game streak (3g-7a) that started against the Avalanche at Colorado from Dec. 19-Jan. 5… Hartnell has posted 14 of his 19 total points on the year while playing on the road with five goals and nine assists away from the Wells Fargo Center… In 29 career games against the Avalanche, Hartnell has seven goals and 17 points.

5. Player to watch AVALANCHE: Gabriel Landeskog - (LW: 92)
Landeskog ranks second on the team in points (28) and assists (16)… He currently has a four-game point streak, where he has three goals and five points… He became the NHL's youngest captain at 19 years, 297 days on Sept. 4, 2012… He was taken 2nd overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and won the Calder Trophy as NHL's Rookie of the Year for the 2011-12 season after he posted 52 points (22g-30a) in 82 games… Landeskog has played just one game against the Flyers, scoring one goal.

"Six points in three games, especially when you haven't been playing well - it's huge."
- Scott Hartnell
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