Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens Preview

Dec 12, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) looks at Montreal Canadiens right wing Brian Gionta (21) and right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) at the end of the third period. The Flyers defeated the Canadiens, 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Flyers return to the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night to take on the Montreal Canadiens.

The Flyers are coming off a 3-2 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night. The orange and black have gone 8-2 in their last ten. They are aiming for their 10th straight win on home ice.

The last time these two teams faced one another, a fight broke out between Steve Mason and Brian Gionta, so the Canadiens may have an old score to settle.

Montreal has accumulated points in their last ten games, going 5-3-2 in that span. They are just coming off a 2-1 win against the Florida Panthers. The Canadiens have acquired point in their last five games going 2-1-2.

Peter Budaj will start for the Canadiens. He is 5-3-1 with a 2.05 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. He will be opposed by Steve Mason who is 17-10-4 with a 2.39 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. This will be Mason’s first start since Jan. 4 where the Flyers beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3.

The Flyers have a history with making back up goaltenders look better than they really are. The orange and black are on the back end of a back-to-back as well so they will need to dig deep for energy.

Wednesday night will be the finals time the Habs and the Flyers will face each other this season. The Flyers have split the first two games this season. They won the last contest 2-1 back on Dec. 12.

Scott Hartnell set a new career-high point streak last night when he scored the game-tying goal against Martin Brodeur. Hartnell will look to extend that streak tonight. He has moved up into the Flyers’ top scoring list with 22 points after a lackluster start.

 

Topics: Philadelphia Flyers, Steve Mason

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