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Philadelphia Flyers Return Home to Take on the Montreal Canadiens

December 12th, 2013 at 6:44 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

After a 13-day, six-game road trip, the Philadelphia Flyers are finally back at the Wells Fargo Center as they take on the Montreal Canadiens tonight at 7:00 p.m. The Flyers are currently on a three-game losing streak and are looking to bounce back with a win at home before they head down to Washington to play the Capitals on Sunday. Tonight also marks the return of Danny Briere to Philadelphia for the first time this season.

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FAN FAVORITE DANNY BRIERE RETURNS

After spending the past six seasons in Philadelphia, Danny Briere returns to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time since being bought out by the Flyers in July. Entering free agency, Briere was being looked at by many teams, but the Montreal Canadiens came out on top. 

As a Canadien, Briere has five goals and five assists after a slow start to the season. The Flyers shut Briere down in their first meeting when the Flyers were in Montreal and Briere never registered a point. However, the Flyers still lost that game 4-1. In his career playing against the Flyers, Briere has totaled 18 points with nine goals and assists.

Briere's career totals are 291 goals and 378 assists in 869 games. He played 364 of those games as a Flyer and tallied 159 assists and 124 goals in his six seasons wearing Orange and Black.

WHO IS STARTING BETWEEN THE PIPES TONIGHT?

Steve Mason will be getting the start tonight for the Flyers. Mason was on the bench for the Flyers most recent game against the Chicago Blackhawks, but he was called on in the third period when Ray Emery got pulled after allowing in six goals. The Flyers lost to Chicago by a score of 7-2. 

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Photo credit: Estebomb / Foter.com / CC BY-ND

Mason started two of the past three losses. Between those three games, he has let in 10 goals during regulation and one shootout goal. Mason was one of the hotter goaltenders in the league not that long ago, but it seems like he is starting to cool off. 

The Flyers are looking to turn things around tonight and get going in the right direction again. Being back in the Wells Fargo Center is what the Flyers and Mason need right now so they can feed off of the energy the crowd brings. 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

FLYERS

  • JAKUB VORACEK — Voracek is getting hot right now as he has scored a goal in both of the Flyers past two games. Going through the game logs, a nice stat to come across is Voracek's stats at home where he has six assists. Voracek has five goals for the season and three of them have come when the Flyers have the man-advantage. With Vinny Lecavalier out for at least the next month, Voracek has certainly stepped up his game recently. Look for him to continue to produce scoring chances and set up his teammates. Look for Voracek to have a bigger presence on the power play with Lecavalier out.

CANADIENS

  • DANNY BRIERE Briere may not have had the best start to a season, but he is turning things around. As mentioned earlier, Briere has nine goals and nine assists from his days of playing against the Flyers before coming to Philadelphia. With him starting to turn things around, look for Briere to be the Briere that all Flyers fans know and loved for six seasons. He should come away from tonight's game with at least one point.
     
  • MAX PACIORETTYPacioretty is the hottest player in Montreal right now. He should be one of the main players the Flyers focus on shutting down tonight. In Montreal's past 11 games, Pacioretty has come away with nine goals and two assists. For the season, he has 11 goals and three assists.

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Tags: Canadiens, Danny Briere, Hockey, Jakub Voracek, Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens, NHL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Flyers, Steve Mason

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