Flyers On A Roll; Looking For Lucky 7 in Montreal
The Philadelphia Flyers (19-7-3) survived a huge test Tuesday night in Washington when they trounced the Capitals 5-1, doing so without their most recent injured star, Claude Giroux.
Tonight the Flyers will head to Montreal to face the Canadiens (13-11-7) for the third time this season. They split their two previous matchups with both teams winning at home and the visiting managing just one goal.
In their most recent matchup in Philly, the Flyers scored three unanswered goals in the second period while out-shooting the Habs 18-5 in the period and 26-24 for the game.
Claude Giroux scored twice in the period with the second coming with just 5.9 seconds remaining putting the Flyers up 3-1. The game would stay that way with solid goaltending from Sergei Bobrovsky.
The Flyers last visit to Montreal this season was not a good one.
The team opened the scoring midway through the first period when Jaromir Jagr put one past Carey Price to give the Flyers an early 1-0 lead.
But that is all the offense the team would muster as the Canadiens scored five unanswered goals.
The game was also Sean Couturier's ninth game in the NHL, which meant the Flyers needed to decide whether he stayed on the team or went back to juniors.
The Flyers chose to keep him on the big club and the kid has held his own playing two-way hockey with good positioning. Although it didn't show against a poor Washington Capitals team the Flyers are still adjusting to Claude Giroux not being in the lineup.
Couturier played an important role by filling in for the fallen star on the first line.
The team will face an even tougher test tonight as they try for their seventh straight win.
The Flyers are 8-2 in their last ten games, while the Canadiens are 4-2-4 in theirs.
The Flyers are undefeated in the month of December and have tallied 26 goals during that span
Thomas Kaberle has assisted on 50% of the Habs goals since he arrived in the Carolina Hurricanes trade (3 assists).
Scott Hartnell has a 6 game scoring streak.
The Flyers are looking for their seventh straight win.
Eric Cole has 3 goals in the Habs last 3 games.
Max Pacioretty has 5 points in his last 5 games.
Jaromir Jagr and Danny Briere each have 8 points in their last 6 games.
What The Puck ? ? ?
This may be old news for some but while doing some surfing for this post I stumbled upon this little bunny from Brazil on allhabs.net.
His name is Puck the bunny and he has been predicting games all his life according to the website. He is 2-0-1 since showing up on allhabs.net predicting Canadiens games.
See who Puck thinks will win tonight's matchup.
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