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Road Trip, Game Four: Philadelphia Flyers Look to Start 2014 Off with a Win Over the Colorado Avalanche Tonight

January 2nd, 2014 at 8:56 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

The Philadelphia Flyers played 14 games during the month of December and won eight of them. The Flyers forced four of their games to shootouts and they came away with two shootout wins, both coming in the past three games. Ending 2013 with a four-game win streak, the Flyers look to add another game to the win column when they take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight. The puck is set to drop at 9:00 p.m.

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Photo credit: tonyjuliano / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

NO MATT READ TONIGHT

Matt Read will be out of tonight’s game with an upper-body injury. General Manager Paul Holmgren said that Read is day-to-day with the injury and he is expected back with the team for their next game. The team has said it isn’t a serious injury, but they are just giving him some extra time. Apparently, Read may have been hit by an elbow during their game against the Calgary Flames. 

Since Read is sitting out tonight, Jay Rosehill will be in the lineup. Rosehill sat out the past nine games as a healthy scratch.

STREIT FROM THE BLUE LINE

Defenseman Mark Streit is getting hot for the Flyers and it’s mainly because they have finally been giving him the puck at the blue line for his shot. He was one of the quiet players for a majority of the season so far for the Flyers. He wasn’t the only one thought as the entire team struggled at the beginning of the season. 

The month of December was his best of the season. In the Flyers 14 games last month, Streit came away with nine points. His point total for December was equal to his point total for October and November combined. Streit scored four goals last month, two of them coming in the past two games. He also had five assists in December. For the season, Streit has five goals and 13 assists.

NOT A GOOD HISTORY IN DENVER

The Flyers have not had the best history when they have played the Avalanche in Denver. The past five games played in Denver have been losses. In 13 games on the road against the Avalanche, the Flyers are 2-5-4-2. The last time the Flyers won in Denver was back in December 2002.

Overall, the Avalanche hold the better record over the Flyers. The Avalanche are third in the Central Division with a 24-11-4 record and they are looking to hand the Flyers another loss tonight and end their three-game win streak.


Tags: Colorado Avalanche, Hockey, Jay Rosehill, Mark Streit, Matt Read, NHL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Flyers

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