This is the second of three meetings against the Canadiens and first of two in Montreal… The Flyers fell victim to three third period goals by the Canadiens, who forced overtime and eventually won in a shootout in the first meeting this year, 4-3 at the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 11… Wayne Simmonds posted two goals in the loss for the Flyers, while defenseman Andrei Markov had a three-point night with a goal and two assists to lead the Canadiens… The Flyers don’t have a good history against Montreal, they are one of two teams in the NHL that the Flyers have a below .500 all-time record (Boston) at 70-78-30-4 in 182 games, including a 32-43-14-2 mark on the road… Alex Galchenyuk averages a point per game against the Flyers, posting six points (3g-3a) in six outings, while Jakub Voracek also averages a point-per game against the Canadiens, recording 14 points (3g-11a) in as many games.
The Canadiens come into tonight with the most wins in the NHL so far this season (12) and are in a tie for the most points (25)… They have also won four straight games in which they have out-scored their opponent, 14-3… The Canadiens will play their final game in a four-game homestand and are tied for the most wins on home ice in the NHL with a 7-2-1 record… The Canadiens have the third worst power-play in the NHL, operating at 8.5% and have scored just four times on 47 opportunities, and have one power-play goal in their last 11 games… The Canadiens have scored just four goals in the first period this season, which is the an NHL worst, and have posted 21 goals in the third period, which is tied for the best in the NHL.
The Flyers have 14 sets of back-to-back games this year, including three in the month of November, and play the second of games on back-to-back nights and first since Oct. 21-22… They own a 1-1 record in the second game so far this year… The Flyers continue to have one of the best power plays in the NHL (4th) at 25%, going 13-for-52, however 11 of their 13 PPG’s have come at home, they are 2-for-20 on the road PP… The Canadiens are a perfect 5-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the game, 6-0-0 when leading after the second period, 3-0-0 when tied after the second, 4-0 in shootouts and 3-0-0 against Metropolitan Division opponents this season… They are also unbeaten in regulation, 7-0-1, in one-goal games… Including playoffs, Montreal has now played 418 consecutive home games in front of a sell-out crowd… Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien is one win shy of 300 wins in the NHL as head coach.
Giroux has goals in two straight games and during his four-game point streak has posted seven points (3g-4a)… He also has back-to-back multi-point games and will be looking to make it three straight multi-point outings for the first time since Mar. 15-18 of last year, when he recorded three-straight multi-point games twice… Giroux is tied for sixth in the NHL with 20 points and is averaging an assist per-game with 15 helpers in 15 games, which ranks third overall in the NHL… Giroux also ranks second overall in the NHL with 72 shots on goal (WSH - Ovechkin: 75)… Against Montreal, the Flyers captain has seven goals and 14 points in 19 career games.
Price is tied for second in the NHL with 10 wins, posting a 10-3-1 record to go along with a 2.45 goals-against average and .920 save percentage this season… He has started all three games in Montreal’s homestand, stopping 78 of 80 shots that have come his way for a .975 save percentage and 0.66 GAA in that stretch… Price earned one of his 10 victories on the year against the Flyers on Oct. 11, stopping 29 of 32 shots and all four players to post a 4-3 shootout win at the Wells Fargo Center… He has appeared in 19 career games against the Flyers and holds an even record of 9-9-0 with a 2.68 GAA and .916 save percentage.