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Philadelphia Flyers Return Home After Six-Game Road Trip to Take on the Montreal Canadiens

January 8th, 2014 at 6:43 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

The Philadelphia Flyers are back in the Wells Fargo Center tonight as they take on the Montreal Canadiens at 7:30 p.m. It has been 16 days since the Flyers last played in Philadelphia so this will be their first home game of 2014. The Flyers ended 2013 on a four game win streak. After losing to the Colorado Avalanche on January 2, the Flyers have won their past two games. Tonight, the Flyers look to go for win number three and continue the streak.

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OFFENSE CLICKING, WINS KEEP COMING

After dropping three straight games early in December, the Flyers have won nine of their past 12 games. They went 7-2 to finish out December after the 7-2 thrashing the Chicago Blackhawks gave the Flyers on December 9. 

The Flyers have scored 42 goals over the past 12 games. It took the Flyers 21 games to score that many goals when the season started. The offense has pulled a complete 180 from where it was at the beginning of the season and is finally starting to click. 

Of the 42 goals, Wayne Simmonds has nine and Claude Giroux has eight. Both of their lines have been producing a lot lately. Giroux is paired up with Jakub Voracek and Michael Raffl. That line has produced 36 points in the past 12 games. Simmonds is paired up with Scott Hartnell and Brayden Schenn. They have produced 33 points since Schenn joined the line to replace then-injured Vinny Lecavalier.

PLAYER TO WATCH

SCOTT HARTNELLHartnell has been on fire lately. In the past 12 games, Hartnell has 10 points coming from four goals and six assists. He is also on an eight game point streak with nine points. Hartnell has been held pointless against the Canadiens in their first two meetings. 

With his goal last night against the New Jersey Devils, Hartnell has goals in back-to-back games and three goals in four games. He is currently fifth in points on the Flyers with 22 and he is fourth in goals with 10. He has 12 assists which puts him in sixth place. 

With his current point streak and his recent play, look for Hartnell to come away with at least an assist tonight.


Tags: Claude Giroux, Flyers, Hockey, Montreal Canadiens, NHL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Flyers, Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds

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