NHL Hockey

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Philadelphia 1 0 1 0 2
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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST22:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 5, 2019
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 19,236

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Calgary Flames at Philadelphia Flyers

  1. The Flames have scored 17 goals in their last three games, tied for their most in a three-game span this season (November 17 to 21). They have also allowed 14 goals, their second most in a three-game span this season (15 from October 23 to 27).
  2. Philadelphia has lost five straight games, getting outscored 20-10. Of those 20 goals allowed, 10 came in the second period; the Flyers have allowed 52 second-period goals this season, third most in the NHL.
  3. Calgary beat Philadelphia in overtime on December 12, 6-5. The Flyers have taken points in six of the last seven games against the Flames despite similar numbers in goals (26 to 24) and power-play percentage (25.0 to 26.1 percent).
  4. Johnny Gaudreau has racked up 10 points in his last three games, the most in a three-game span by a Flames skater since Jarome Iginla had 10 in February-March 2009. Since November 17, he has tallied 42 points, trailing only Nikita Kucherov (48) for most in the NHL.
  5. Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each had two assists in the Flyers' loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday, tallying 33 and 22 assists on the season, respectively. They have assisted on 49.1 percent of the team's goals this season. No other Flyers skater has more than 14 assists.
  6. Mark Giordano has recorded an assist in three consecutive games. Calgary has received 79 assists from its defensemen this season, fourth most in the NHL.

Johnny Gaudreau had a December to remember. And his January is off to a pretty nice start, too.

Recently named the NHL's second star of the month for December with 11 goals and 15 assists in 14 games, the Calgary Flames forward opened 2019 - and a four-game road trip - with a goal and three assists Wednesday in a 5-3 victory at Detroit, then followed that with a goal and an assist Thursday in a 6-4 loss at Boston.

Gaudreau will look to keep things going when the Flames travel to Philadelphia for a Saturday matinee.

The scoring outburst has Gaudreau in a tie with Edmonton's Connor McDavid for third in the NHL scoring race. Their 61 points entering Friday trail Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov (69) and Colorado's Mikko Rantanen (62).

"Points in today's game, compared to the '70s and '80s, is more impressive, to be honest with you," Flames coach Bill Peters recently told NHL.com. "Just scoring, obviously, is a little tougher here with the way the game is officiated and played and coached.

"It's an impressive number, it's a big number and it's well earned. It's a guy who's playing both ends of the rink and on both sides of the puck."

Not surprisingly, Gaudreau's linemates - Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm - also had the most productive month of their careers.

"Mony and Lindy have been playing really well - we've been getting some good chemistry together, so it's been a lot of fun playing with those guys," Gaudreau told the Calgary Sun. "And when I've been getting my chances, they've been going in. So that has been nice, too. ...

"We had a good month there. Obviously there are ups and downs throughout a season, but hopefully we can keep this thing going."

Despite Thursday's defeat, the Flames (25-13-4, 54 points) still lead the Western Conference and are second only to the Tampa Bay Lightning (66 points) in the league standings.

The Flyers, meanwhile, have lost five in a row and at 15-20-5 are tied with Ottawa and Los Angeles for the fewest points (35) in the league.

"It's like quicksand right now," Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds told Philly.com. "Trying to get out and it feels like it's getting deeper."

Firing general manager Ron Hextall and coach Dave Hakstol hasn't turned around the team's fortunes, despite the team going 3-1-1 in interim coach Scott Gordon's first five games.

The Flyers dropped a 5-3 decision at home to Carolina on Thursday, falling behind 3-0 and never recovering.

"We have to be consistent for 60 minutes, and we're not right now," forward Sean Couturier told Philly.com. "It's frustrating ... we have to work hard to get out of this hole."

One bright spot for the Flyers has been forward Claude Giroux, the team's lone All-Star Game representative. With two assists Thursday, Giroux has points in eight straight home games, dating to Nov. 17. He has 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) during the streak.

With goaltender Brian Elliott still more than a week away from returning from a lower-body injury, the Flyers claimed goalie Mike McKenna off waivers Friday from the Vancouver Canucks.

Updated January 4, 2019

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