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Friday April 2, 2010 - 7 PM

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Playoff implications abound as Flyers host Canadiens

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer
CANADIENS (37-32-8) at FLYERS (38-33-6)

Last 10: Montreal 5-3-2; Philadelphia 2-6-2

Season series: Fourth and final meeting of the regular season. After the Canadiens won the initial matchup in December, the Flyers swept a home-and-home right before the Olympic break. Danny Briere leads all scorers with four goals, including a hat trick in a 6-2 win for Philadelphia in the most recent game.

Big story:
The Flyers coasted into the Olympics, having taken a pair of games from both the Devils and Canadiens in a six-day span, but March was not a kind month. They lost eight of their last 11 as well as goalie Michael Leighton, who had engineered the aforementioned sweeps, and leading scorer Jeff Carter to injuries. April didn't start any better, as their 15-game winning streak against the Islanders came to an end Thursday.

Philadelphia and Montreal begin play Friday tied with Boston at 82 points for the final three Eastern Conference playoff spots. The Flyers are currently sixth and the Canadiens seventh by virtue of total wins. All three teams are two points ahead of the Thrashers and four up on the Rangers. Each has five regular-season games remaining.

Team Scope:

Canadiens: After playing only two games over the past seven days and losing both, it's safe to say Montreal is eager to get back on the ice. Marc-Andre Bergeron's power-play goal got the Canadiens off to a good start against the visiting Hurricanes on Wednesday, but they lost 2-1 after Brandon Sutter and Eric Staal struck early in the second and third periods, respectively. Cam Ward stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced.

"We had so many scoring chances but we didn't score," center Tomas Plekanec said. "It should have been 2-0 or 3-0, and the game would have been completely different. After that we started pushing it, and it doesn't happen when you're pushing and pressing things."

Flyers: Beating the Islanders had been as sure a thing as death and taxes as far as Philadelphia was concerned -- until the Flyers visited Long Island on Thursday. Hoping to build off a 5-1 win over the Devils on Sunday, they instead got buried under an avalanche of first-period goals by the hosts. Brian Boucher was pulled from the 6-4 loss early in the third, and in mopping up Jeremy Duchesne became the fifth goalie to see action for the team this season.

"We were sluggish in the first period," Briere said. "We didn't play our best. At this time of year, we have to be ready for every game."

Who's hot: Andrei Kostitsyn has three goals and an assist in the last four games for the Canadiens. … Arron Asham has two goals and an assist during a three-game points streak for the Flyers.

Injury report: Montreal forward Sergei Kostitsyn is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Forward Glen Metropolit has a separated shoulder that could end his season, unless the team makes a deep playoff run. Defenseman Paul Mara is out for the season following shoulder surgery.

Philadelphia forward Daniel Carcillo will serve the back end of his two-game suspension for a high-sticking incident against New Jersey. Leighton remains out with a high ankle sprain, joining fellow injured goalies Ray Emery (hip) and Johan Backlund (groin). Carter is recovering from foot surgery and likely out for the rest of the regular season.

Stat pack: Mike Richards, with 59 points, is one off tying Carter for the Flyers' scoring lead. … Metropolit's loss is felt most when the Canadiens have the man advantage -- the veteran forward, known mostly for his defense, led the team with 10 power-play goals.

Puck drop: There's not much downplaying what's on the line Friday night at the Wachovia Center. The team that loses -- especially if it's in regulation -- will find its hold on a postseason berth that much more precarious.

"I would say it will be the biggest game of the year," Philadelphia defenseman Chris Pronger said.
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well,i'm running out of answers n questions.what else is there to say but,"win,win,win,win!!flyers have very spotty goaltending and sum injuries to boot.i think carcillo their cementhead player is still out with a suspension and carter to injury as well. other teams are putting it on a platter for us to grab a playoff spot,but yet we sumhow stronlgy oppose to taking it,go figure.

fla,isles, did us a favor last night,we have to cash in on these last few precious pts.or start shining up the golf clubs.

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Goalies tonight: Halak vs Boucher

Habs linup: There was no morning skate today and Martin didn't tell what his lineup will be. Sure bet would be no change on the first two lines and to the D pairs.

The team looked a little flat against the Canes...was no morning skate today some coaching stratedgy by JM?

I suppose that implies that he is and can coach?

He probably just forgot and had other obligations. Lets move on :)

For sure.... just teasing.....all of the people who do the GDT's are very reliable and do a great job!

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The team looked a little flat against the Canes...was no morning skate today some coaching stratedgy by JM?

I suppose that implies that he is and can coach?

I think is more a matter of giving a chance to his key players to fuel the tank right before a back to back games weekend . tonight wont be a pic-nic. the habs will need every ounce of energy they can muster to beat savages who are most probably pissed from last night's game and detemrined to make amend.

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I wonder if Boucher will start for them tonight...I hope so...he has been quite the sieve!

Might be a smart move by the Flyers to start the back up goalie Jeremy Duchesne....

I don't know anything about him...?

boucher IS starting and the backup is caron whom they just signed from a european league (caron's last nhl game was in 2007)

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Very nice GDT I think I liked that better than some of the pics, didn't think of doing one like that perhaps I should do one and use a poem instead of pics any way here's my offering one of the better ones I think

Well lady luck is treating us right

The Flyers Bruins and Thrashers all lost last night

Perhaps our luck is about to turn

Maybe the last game was a lesson to learn

To play much simpler just keep the puck from the other team

Skate fast and show them how we can play real mean

They say when your down the only way to go is up

Maybe we will get a run at the cup

Tonight the Flyers we have to play

Better than last time I have to say

You have just got to give it all you've got

And some more to show your hot

Enough to stay above 8th place

Need to keep going this is a race

Goals are what we need to score

Nothing less than three or four

When we get up by one or two

There is something you need to do

Just remember we own the ice

A great big WIN would be real nice

Don't let them push you back on your heels

Stay in their zone see how good it feels

Tonight your speed and skill will be measured

Make it a memory for us, to be treasured

We have to win tonight there is no excuse

Your speed and talent you have to use

Our faith in you has been sorely tested

The way you have let yourselves get bested

This chance tonight could be your last

To prove you can score and skate real fast

So come on you guys give luck a spin

Go out and play and get a win

After the bad luck season we have had

To be where we are is not that bad

There's someone up there that really likes you

The hockey gods told me they do

Come on you HABS show us your pace

A win tonight puts us in sixth place

GO HABS GO :D :D

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well,i'm running out of answers n questions.what else is there to say but,"win,win,win,win!!flyers have very spotty goaltending and sum injuries to boot.i think carcillo their cementhead player is still out with a suspension and carter to injury as well. other teams are putting it on a platter for us to grab a playoff spot,but yet we sumhow stronlgy oppose to taking it,go figure.

fla,isles, did us a favor last night,we have to cash in on these last few precious pts.or start shining up the golf clubs.

Let's hope we can take advantage of this.

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I expect the Habs to come out flat in such an important game. Maybe a 3-1 loss?

Hey you are giving up before it's even started that's not the way to be you have to have faith, If you give up now we might as well not play the game all I hope is that I shall still have power most of the area here is out the wind is really howling I have to watch the game

GO HABS GO :D :D

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SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME THIS WON"T HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!! :o

Carey Price Rumor????????

A must-win if there ever was one. This will set the tone of the rest of the season & into the playoffs (if they can make it).

Stocked up on beer & ready to go!

under-age, no beer here, juice or pop sounds good maybe with pizza! but definitly a must win!!

WE BETTER NOT HAVE TO FACE THE LEAFS FOR A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION FOR OUR LAST GAME!!!!!!

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