Tonight the Philadelphia Flyers (13-15-3) return home from a six game road trip to face the Montreal Canadiens (19-10-3). The Flyers went 2-3-1 on their road trip and have been outscored in their last three games 16-7. The game is at 7pm and will be televised on CSN Philly.
The Flyers faced the Canadiens on October 5th, in what was the second game of the season. That game, which happened to also be Peter Laviolette’s second to last game as the Flyers bench boss, was held in Montreal and ended in a 4-1 win for the Canadiens. The Flyers have improved their play since then, but are still near the bottom of the Eastern Conference. With last night’s 7-2 loss to Chicago, the Flyers now sit seventh in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers still only sit three points out of a playoff spot.
The Canadiens have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL of late. They are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and sit third in the Eastern Conference. On Tuesday night the Canadiens were beaten 6-0 by the LA Kings. Despite their offensive prowess, the Canadiens are surprisingly stingy on defense. They allow just 2.1 goals/game (3rd in the NHL) and have the 7th best PK in the league (85.7%). Their starting goaltender, Carey Price, is one of the best in the league and is making a great case to represent team Canada in Sochi. With the help of defending Norris Trophy winner PK Subban, the Habs also boast the 6th best power play in the NHL at 21.9%. Suffice it to say, they are a very dangerous opponent.
Things to look for:
-The Goalie Match-Up: The Flyers have announced that Steve Mason will start in net tonight. Mason has allowed four goals in each of his last two starts. He still boasts a 10-9-3 record, a .926 SV%, and 2.35 GAA. His opponent, most likely Carey Price although it has not been announced, is coming off of a lackluster performance Tuesday night against the Kings. Price was pulled after allowing four goals on 16 shots. He still maintains a 14-9-2 record, a .934 SV%, and a 2.08 GAA. Both goaltenders will be hungry to bounce back tonight.
-Return of Danny: Tonight marks the first time since his compliance buyout this summer that Daniel Briere will visit the Wells Fargo Center. Briere has been hampered by injuries in Montreal, but still has five goals and five assists through 22 games.
-Full Sixty Minutes: The Flyers have been solid in the first period lately. Over their last three games, despite going 0-2-1, the Flyers have outscored their opponents 3-1 in the first period. However, they have been dominated in their last three second periods, being outscored 10-3. The Flyers will need to play hard for a full 60 minutes if they want to be successful against the Canadiens.
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