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Weekly Flyers Preview: Dec. 1-Dec. 7

The Flyers look to break their three game losing streak with a road trip to California.

The Flyers suffered an embarrasing pair of losses this past weekend in a home-and-home with the New York Rangers. After getting shut out 2-0 at home on Black Friday, the Flyers were blown out in the third period of a 5-2 loss at Madison Square Garden.

The losses prompted TCL Flyers columnist Jordan Kuhns to demand that Flyers coach Craig Berube stop with the shuffling of his lines on Sunday. Read his column here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 @ San Jose Sharks (11-10-4, 26 points, 5th Pacific)

The Sharks have struggled in recent weeks, losing seven of their last ten games. This includes a four game stretch where they dropped games to Buffalo, Florida, Arizona and Calgary. They did, however, win their last game, beating Anaheim 6-4 on Saturday.

Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski lead the Sharks this season with ten goals apiece. Joe Thornton, Brent Burns and Tommy Wingels all have scored seven, with Thornton leading the team in points (21). Patrick Marleau has added six, while Tomas Hertl has five.

Antti Niemi has been the man between the pipes for San Jose. His record is 8-7-3 and his goals against average is 2.57. This season, he has saved 91.4% of shots faced.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 @ Anaheim Ducks (14-6-5, 33 points, 2nd Pacific)

Anaheim has been battling for the Pacific Division all season, and has won four of their last six games.

Corey Perry has been scoring like a madman, potting 14 goals this season. His partner-in-crime, Ryan Getzlaf has added seven and leads the team in points with 23. The third man on that line is Ryan Belesky, who has benefitted from playing with the duo, adding 12 goals of his own.

Ryan Kesler and Sami Vatanen each have six goals as well.

In goal, Fredrik Andersen has been Anaheim’s man. With a record of 11-4-4, he has allowed 2.35 goals per game and has posted a .917 save percentage.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 @ Los Angeles Kings (12-7-5, 29 points, 4th Pacific)

The Kings come into this game losers of three of their last four (although they play Boston and Arizona during this week).

Los Angeles has been getting production from “That ‘70s Line” featuring Tyler Toffoli (nine goals, 19 points, club leader in both categories), Tanner Pearson (also nine goals) and Jeff Carter (seven goals).

Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams are the only other Kings with at least five goals. Drew Doughty has 11 assists this season.

Jonathan Quick has played well, winning 10 of 19 games in 2014. His goals against average is a good 2.26 and has saved 92.9% of shots. His backup, Martin Jones, has been great as well, posting a 1.68 goals against average and a .938 save percentage in six games.