Jan 28, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) and center Vincent Lecavalier (40) against the Detroit Red Wings during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Red Wings, 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
After going 2-1 through California, the Philadelphia Flyers will return to the Wells Fargo Center Thursday night to take on the Colorado Avalanche.
Thursday night’s game is the last of two games the Flyers will play before the Olympic break.
The last time these two teams met, Semyon Varlamov put together a solid performance, making 29 saves en route to a 2-1 win. Thursday night’s game will be the second and final meeting between the two teams. Colorado lost 5-1 to the New York Rangers on Tuesday, but have gone 7-3 in their last ten games and have won nine of their last 12.
The Flyers, on the other hand, have won three of their last four, including wins against the top teams in the Pacific Division as well as a solid performance against the Anaheim Ducks. The orange and black have also scored a power play goal in seven straight games. Kimmo Timonen will return to the lineup and will reclaim his position on the first power play unit. Mark Streit will likely be moved back to the second power play unit.
Despite what some fans may think, Claude Giroux probably does not need any more motivation after being left off the Canadian Olympic Roster. The captain has multi-point games in his last two games, 11 points in his last nine games, and has 29 points in his last 23 games.
Steve Mason will make his sixth consecutive start tonight. His overall record 22-14-5 with a .916 save percentage and a 2.53 goals against average. Mason has three wins in his last four starts and has posted two shutouts during that span. Mason has only let up two goals in his last four wins.