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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Columbus Blue Jackets

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

T he Flyers return to the friendly confines of the Wells Fargo Center for the first time since Feb. 5… They have won four of their last five at home, going 4-0-1, and own a 7-2-1 record since the start of the New Year on home ice… The Flyers open up a four-game homestand tonight and play six of their next nine games on home ice and 15 of their final 26 games at the Wells Fargo Center to close out the regular season… The Flyers own the NHL’s second-best power-play at home at nearly 28 percent (27.8%)… The Flyers PK has also been effective at home, killing off 13 of their last 14 over the last five home games… Wayne Simmonds has 23 of his 38 points at home, including 13 of 21 goals… Overall, the Flyers have a 15-7-4 mark at home .

T he Flyers face the Blue Jackets for the fifth and final time this season, and second time within the last five days… The Flyers will have a chance at revenge after dropping a 4-3 overtime decision to Columbus, who scored three unanswered goals to come away with the win…  It was the second consecutive game the Flyers lost in overtime to the Blue Jackets… Three of the previous four meetings this season have been decided by one goal… The Flyers have dropped six of their last seven games to Columbus over the last two seasons… Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek lead the Flyers with six points (1g-5a) through the first four games of the series, while Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds each have three goals… James Wisniewski, Nick Foligno and Ryan Johansen each lead Columbus with five points against the Flyers… The Flyers have scored five of their 12 goals in the series on the power-play, which is operating at 35.7%, while Columbus has six of their 13 goals on the power-play in the series, operating at 50% in the series (6-for-12) .

T he Flyers have won six of their last nine games and earned points in all nine games, going 6-0-3 since Jan. 20… The Flyers sit 6 points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference behind the Boston Bruins… The Bruins play all four games on the road, while the Flyers play the next four games at home… During that streak 13 different Flyers have contributed goals for a total of 23 goals scored… The Flyers are led by Wayne Simmonds, who has 10 points (5g-5a) during the nine-game stretch… The line of Read-Couturier-Simmonds has produced six goals and 12 points in the last six games… The Blue Jackets offense has scored 21 goals, including 20 at even strength, in their last five games… Nick Foligno is currently riding a five-game point streak with four goals and seven points in that stretch .

R ead enters tonight’s game on a season-high four-game point streak where he has posted two goals and two assists… Should he record a point in tonight’s game it would tie his career-high point streak of five straight games… Read is tied for fourth on the team in assists (17) and has 22 points while appearing on all 56 games for the Flyers this season… Read is one of two Flyers (Couturier) who has a shorthanded point this season, and in his fourth year with the Flyers, he has the most shorthanded goals for the Flyers over the last four seasons (6)… Against the Blue Jackets, Matt Read has two assists in the four-games this season and three assists in eight career games .

Hartnell keeps putting up points on the board - he is tied for the NHL’s longest current point streak at six straight games, posting eight points (3g-5a) in that stretch… Playing on the top line with Nick Foligno and Ryan Johansen, Hartnell has 36 points (13g-23a) in 49 games to rank third for Columbus this season… The Flyers Charities will honor Hartnell, who recently played in his 1,000th NHL game (Feb. 9 vs. LAK), with a check for $10,000 for his charity, the #HartnellDown Foundation… Over half of his career NHL games have been played as a Flyer (517)… Against the Flyers, Hartnell has four points (1g-3a) and assisted on the game-tying goal in their last meeting on Feb. 13.

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