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Thursday, February 6th (All times Eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (36-15-5) at Philadelphia Flyers (28-23-6), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers will play their final two games before the NHL's Olympic break on home ice and Craig Berube's club will try to earn a third straight victory in Thursday's battle against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Flyers, winners in three of their last four games, recently went 2-1-0 on a three-game road trip in California. They lost the opener in Anaheim by a 5-3 score before recording consecutive victories in Los Angeles and San Jose.

Philadelphia trailed the Sharks by a 2-1 score heading into third period of Monday's game in San Jose, but rallied for a thrilling 5-2 win. It was the Flyers' first win against the Sharks in over 13 years.

Matt Read, Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux all scored in the first four minutes of the third period to help the Flyers mount the comeback. Jakub Voracek provided a score late in the final stanza to account for the final margin.

Coming into the game, the Flyers hadn't won in San Jose since Nov. 5, 1999 and had gone 0-8-3 with a pair of ties in the overall series since a 4-3 victory at home on Dec. 21, 2000.

Mark Streit also scored a first-period tally for the Flyers, while Steve Mason stopped 20 shots to pick up the win.

"Just the way we played tonight I think we deserved that win," said Giroux. "We were playing well and getting our chances and I think our defense played really well tonight."

Giroux has five goals and six assists over his last seven games. The Flyers captain is now tied with Wayne Simmonds for the team lead in goals with 18 despite going his first 15 games of the season without a marker.

Philadelphia enters Thursday with 62 points, tying it with the Detroit Red Wings for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The Red Wings currently hold the tiebreaker due to holding a game in hand over the Flyers. Philly also is tied with Columbus for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Flyers, who will host Calgary on Saturday before entering the Olympic break, are 14-10-1 this season on home ice.

Thursday's clash at Wells Fargo Center is the second and final meeting between the Flyers and Avalanche this season. The clubs met on Jan. 2 in Colorado and the Avalanche picked up a 2-1 regulation triumph to give them wins in two straight, three of four and eight of the last 10 meetings.

Although Philadelphia has lost six straight in Denver, the Flyers have won the past two matchups in the City of Brotherly Love.

The Avalanche, who are currently in third place in the Central Division and ranked fifth in the Western Conference, had a four-game winning streak halted with Tuesday's lopsided road loss against the New York Rangers.

Colorado fell 5-1 to the Rangers, suffering their first loss of more than three goals since a 7-2 setback in Chicago on Dec. 27.

The Avs fell behind 2-0 in the first period and were able to cut the deficit to a goal after Gabriel Landeskog's power-play tally at 6:37 of the second. However, Anton Stralman scored just 53 seconds later for New York to restore the two-goal cushion.

"Some nights the puck doesn't bounce your way. That's the way it was tonight," said Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy.

Semyon Varlamov finished with 38 saves in a losing effort, while Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon, who had an assist, both extended their point streaks. Landeskog has three goals and six assists during a seven-game run, while the rookie MacKinnon has three goals and six helpers over the last six games.

Colorado was dealt only its second loss in its last eight road tests and fell to 17-8-2 as the guest this season.

Tonight's game will mark former Flyers forward Max Talbot's first game in Philly since he was traded for Steve Downie on Oct. 31. Talbot and Downie both failed to register a point against their former teams in the meeting last month in Colorado.

Talbot has five goals and 17 points in 45 games with the Avs since the trade. Downie has 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists) in 37 games this season during his second stint with the Flyers.

02/06 11:02:21 ET

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Standings

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
 
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y= clinched division title
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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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