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Road Trip, Game Two: Philadelphia Flyers Take on the Vancouver Canucks

December 30th, 2013 at 9:56 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

The Philadelphia Flyers began their six-game road trip in Edmonton on Saturday with a 4-3 shootout win over the Oilers. Tonight, the Flyers look to win the second game of their road trip and their third in a row when they take on the Vancouver Canucks at 10:00 p.m.

o. casey / Foter / CC BY-SA

Photo credit: o. casey / Foter / CC BY-SA

THE POINT STREAKS / PLAYERS TO WATCH

Three Flyers are on point streaks of five games, eight games and nine games. Those three Flyers are Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek

Simmonds has the shortest streak of the three, but he has had the biggest impact of the three. Simmonds has seven goals and two assists in the past five games, scoring two goals in each of the past three games. He looks to tie his career high of six games with a point tonight against the Canucks. Simmonds is currently the team leader in goals with 12.

After struggling at the beginning of the season, Giroux seems to be in a groove now as he is on an eight game point streak. He has 10 assists and five goals over the span of his streak. For someone who lacked confidence at the beginning of the season due to an off-season hand injury, Giroux certainly has his confidence back. He is a completely different player than he was at the beginning of the year. Giroux needed 16 games in order for him to score for the first time this season. Now he is tied for second on the team with 10 goals to go along with his 25 assists. His 35 points leads the team and the closest player to him is Jakub Voracek with 27 points. Wayne Simmonds is third in points with 24.

Jakub Voracek is currently on the longest point streak for the Flyers. For the season, Voracek has nine goals and 18 assists. Six goals and nine assists have come during his current point streak. Since the addition of Michael Raffl to the top line, Giroux and Voracek have been completely different players as that top line has been producing the most points. 

Vancouver is going to give these three a rough time tonight as the Canucks have won 10 of their 13 games during the month of December. They have scored 34 times this month as well, averaging over two goals per game. They have held their opponents to just over an average of one goal per game.

NO ROBERTO LUONGO

Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is currently out on injured reserve as he suffered a lower-body injury earlier this month. That hasn't hurt the Canucks one bit as their backup, Eddie Lack, is 5-0 in six games this month. Lack started four of those games and currently has a .980 goals against average and a .961 save percentage this month as well. For the season, Lack has a .933 save percentage and a 1.74 goals against average with a 7-2 record in 12 games.

Normally, teams would just have to get inside Luongo's head and things would spiral down fairly quick for the netminder. Considering the Canucks are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, Lack is going to put the Flyers to the test tonight. If the top line and the power play unit can keep things rolling like they have been recently, then this is going to be a shootout tonight.


Tags: Canucks, Claude Giroux, Hockey, Jakub Voracek, NHL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, Wayne Simmonds

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