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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Montreal Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers (13-15-3--29pts)

  Montreal Canadiens (19-10-3--41pts)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

The Flyers return home after a six-game, 13-day road trip in which they went 2-3-1… In returning to the Wells Fargo Center, they currently have a five-game winning streak in which they have out-scored the opposition 20-8… Matt Read leads the team on home-ice, scoring six of his nine goals at the Wells Fargo Center and nine of his overall 14 points are at home, while Sean Couturier currently has a four-game point streak on home ice, posting two goals and five points in that stretch… Tonight is also the second half of games on back-to-back nights - the Flyers own a 3-2-0 record, including winning the last three of the second game in contests on back-to-back nights - all three of the victories have been one-goal games.

Tonight is the second of three meetings with the Habs and first of two on home-ice - The Flyers dropped a 4-1 decision on Oct. 5… The Flyers have won the last five games against the Canadiens on home-ice dating back to the 2009-10 season, they have out-scored the Habs, 20-9 during that five-game home winning streak… The Flyers own a 36-34-16-2 record at home against the Canadiens, but have a losing record overall in 179 meetings, going 68-77-30-4… The Flyers are 4-3-2 against Canadian teams this season, and have earned points in their last six games against teams from Canada, going 4-0-2… Montreal comes into tonight having earned a point in the standings in 10 of their last 11 games, going 9-1-1 in that span - seven of the 11 games have been decided by one goal.

Tonight marks the first time former Flyer Danny Briere returns to Philadelphia after being bought out over the summer… Briere spent six seasons with the Flyers, recording 124 goals and 159 assists for 283 points in 364 regular season games… He averaged over a point-per-game in the playoffs for the Flyers, recording 37 goals and 35 assists for 72 points in 68 games - his 72 points rank sixth in Flyers history in playoff scoring… His nine game-winning-goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Flyers place him second in team history… Briere also holds the Flyers record for most points in a playoff year after leading all players in the 2010 playoffs with 30 points (12g-18a) to help the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final… Prior to joining the Flyers, Briere has 18 points (9g-9a) in 17 career games against the Orange & Black.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Jakub Voracek - (RW) #93
Voracek has the hot hand for the Flyers recently, posting goals in two straight games… Six of his nine assists on the year have come on home-ice… He is fourth on the team in shots (73) and three of his five goals on the year have come on the power-play… Against the Canadiens, Voracek is a point-per-game player with 11 points (3g-8a) in 11 games.
5. Player to watch CANADIENS: Tomas Plekanec - (C) #14
Plekanec comes into tonight's game with points in three of his last four (2g-2a), and five goals and eight points in his last nine games… Plekanec is tied for the team lead in goals (11) and is second on the team with 22 points in 32 games… He is also tied for the team lead with a +10 rating, while leading all forward on the Canadiens in time-on-ice per-game, averaging 19 minutes… Against the Flyers, Plekanec has 18 assists and 24 points in 32 games.

"Montreal is at home waiting and we have to be ready to go. We have to play 60 minutes; can't take shifts off; make critical mistakes because it costs you."
- Craig Berube
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