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Flyers aim to keep rolling ahead of break vs. Flames

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try to head into the Olympic break by matching their longest winning streak of the season as they host the Calgary Flames in Saturday's matinee battle at Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers have won three straight and four of their last five games. The club recently won the final two tests on a three-game tour of California and returned home to post Thursday's 3-1 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche.

Philadelphia enters Saturday -- the final day of action before the league goes on hiatus for the Winter Olympics -- holding onto third place in the Metropolitan Division with a one-point lead over Columbus. The top three teams in each division earn an automatic berth in the playoffs.

Steve Mason turned away 38 shots to lead the Flyers to Thursday's win over the visiting Avalanche. Mason, who is 4-1-0 with a pair of shutouts over his last five outings, could get a seventh straight start tonight despite battling cramps in the latter part of the win against Colorado.

"It started in the second period and just got progressively worse as the third period went on," Mason said of the cramping issues. "You just clock watch more than anything and you're just looking for a stoppage to calm down and slow your breathing down to slow the rate of the cramping. It was a long third period."

Mark Streit and Michael Raffl scored a goal apiece and Claude Giroux added an empty netter on Thursday for the Flyers. Sean Couturier registered two assists in the win.

Philadelphia's only four-game winning streak of the season came from Dec. 23-31 and the Flyers picked up win No. 4 of that hot stretch against the Flames.

The Flyers recorded a 4-1 win in Calgary on Dec. 31. as Brayden Schenn notched a goal and two assists and backup Ray Emery stopped 23-of-24 shots. Philly has won two straight and three of its past four games against Calgary and holds a 5-1-1 mark over the last seven encounters.

Calgary, however, has won two in a row and four of its last five tests in Philly and the club enters Saturday's matchup having won six of its past seven games.

The Flames have been playing their best hockey of the season during their recent 6-1-0 stretch. Calgary had a season-high five-game winning streak halted when it opened a three-game road trip Tuesday in Montreal, but it rebounded from that 2-0 loss to the Habs with Thursday's 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders.

David Jones notched the game-winner with 5:32 left in the third to help the Flames pick up the win at Nassau Coliseum. With the game tied 2-2 late in the final frame, a shot from Matt Stajan hit off Jones.

Mikael Backlund then buried an empty-netter in the closing seconds to account for the final margin.

Sean Monahan and Dennis Wideman each scored once, while Reto Berra registered 28 saves for Calgary, which snapped a four-game road losing streak and is now 10-14-4 as the guest this season.

"Reto was simply outstanding," Calgary head coach Bob Hartley said of his netminder. "He was the guy that kept us in the game and gave us a chance to come back."

Despite its recent hot play, the Flames enter Saturday 13 points out of the last playoff spot in the West.

Calgary's first game after the Olympic break is a home game on Feb. 27 against Los Angeles.

02/08 08:13:01 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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