Flyers at Canadiens: Five Things You Need to Know

Philadelphia is on a three-game winning streak under interim head coach Mike Yeo after firing Alain Vigneault.

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Here are five things to know about Thursday’s game between the Canadiens (6-21-3) and the Philadelphia Flyers (11-12-4) at the Bell Center. (7 pm, TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).

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Canadiens really struggling: The Canadiens’ winless streak reached seven games (0-6-1) with Tuesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Canadiens have been outscored 24-10 during those seven games and have scored two goals or fewer in 22 of their 30 games this season, including each of their last four games. The Canadiens are 4-10-1 at home and 2-11-2 on the road.

Steering wheels on a roll: The Flyers extended their winning streak to three games with a 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Cam Atkinson hit a hat trick and added an assist for Philadelphia. The Flyers are 3-2-0 since they fired head coach Alain Vigneault (along with assistant Michel Therrien) and replaced him with Mike Yeo on an interim basis. The Flyers have scored four or more goals in four of their five games since Yeo took office. Before that, they had gone 17 games in a row without scoring more than three goals. Claude Giroux leads the Flyers in scoring with totals of 10-14-24, followed by Atkinson (12-7-19) and Sean Couturier (6-10-16). Flyers goalie Carter Hart stopped 26 of 27 shots in Tuesday’s victory, improving his record to 7-8-3 with an average of 2.80 goals against and a save percentage of .915.

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Allen keeps busy: Jake Allen has been in goal for the Canadiens last eight games and nine of the last 10. Allen has played in 23 games this season, the second most in the NHL behind Thatcher Demko of the Vancouver Canucks, who has played 24. Allen has also fought 700 shots to rank second behind the 762 Demko has faced. Allen has faced 30 or more shots 12 times. In the past eight games, Allen has faced 289 shots, an average of 36.1 per game. Allen is 5-15-2 with an average of 3.10 goals against and a .903 save percentage. Head coach Dominique Ducharme did not confirm after Wednesday’s practice who will be his starting goalkeeper against the Flyers.

Harm a healthy scratch? It looks like Joel Armia will get a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Armia was the extra forward in practice Wednesday and was even used on defense alongside Corey Schueneman for a few drills. Ducharme did not confirm if Armia would play. Armia is goalless in his last 11 games and has only one goal and four assists in 28 games this season. He signed a four-year, $ 13.6 million contract during the offseason with an annual salary cap of $ 3.4 million. Armia isn’t the only Canadiens forward struggling to score. Cole Caufield is goalless in his last nine games and one goal in 22 games this season, while Cédric Paquette is goalless in 15 games.

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Injury updates: The Canadiens announced Wednesday that Christian Dvorak, who has already missed the last three games with a lower body injury, will be out of the game indefinitely. It was also announced that Josh Anderson, who has missed the last five games with an upper body injury, will be out of the game for another six weeks. Brendan Gallagher and Sami Niku are no longer on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list and are expected to rejoin the team later this week. Both were included in the list on December 2.

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