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Interesting numbers on Flyers, Canadiens in back-to-back sets

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Tuesday's Game 4 between the Flyers and Canadiens in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series is a big one for a few reasons.

Not only could it potentially swing the series, but it's also the first game of a back-to-back scenario.

Let's get into that and more in essentials:

When: 3 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 2 p.m. ET • Where: Scotiabank Arena • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia • Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• With the top-seeded Flyers holding a 2-1 series lead over eighth-seeded Montreal, they know how important Game 4 is in their efforts to eliminate the Canadiens.

Going up 3-1 would put them in the driver's seat to win their first playoff series since 2012.

Game 5 is set for 8 p.m. ET Wednesday. During the regular season, the Flyers went 13-9-4 (30 points) over 26 games played in back-to-back sets. Montreal went 9-12-5 (23 points) over 26 games played in back-to-back sets.

As for the club's goalies, Carter Hart played only once on no days rest during the regular season and it was in relief duty. Canadiens netminder Carey Price played on no days rest four times, going 0-2-2 with a 3.76 goals-against average and .864 save percentage.

Either way, expect Hart in net for Game 5. The Flyers will be an opportunity to clinch the series or they'll be trying to regain the lead again.

 

• With eight markers courtesy of first-year players, the Blackhawks are the only team to have more goal-scoring from rookies in the playoffs than the Flyers.

The Flyers have received five goals from rookies — Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Joel Farabee have two apiece, while Philippe Myers has one.

That is quality depth.

On the other hand, the Flyers' top five goal producers from the regular season — Travis Konecny (24 goals), Kevin Hayes (23), Sean Couturier (22), Claude Giroux (21) and James van Riemsdyk (19) — have combined for 10 assists but no goals in the 24-team tournament so far.

Playoff hockey is much tighter and production is placed under a microscope. While they're allowing a postseason-low 1.50 goals per game, the Flyers know they'll need more production from up top.

I think we definitely have better to give offensively anyways. Defensively we’re there, we’re responsible, but we’ve got to find a way to create some chances. I think there are a lot of 1-and-dones. As long as we’re responsible and trying to contribute in different ways when it’s not working, that’s important. We’re finding ways to win games — that’s what counts at this time of the year. We've definitely got to find a way to create more chances.

Couturier on Monday

• The Flyers' power play is 1 for 25 through the tournament.

"I do believe, and maybe it’s my positive nature, that with the personnel that we have and the way we were able to make it click in that last 20-game stretch, I tend to believe in these players and that we’re going to find a way to make it click," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said Monday. "I believe in these players. Our execution right now is a little off, we need to make a couple minor adjustments. We’ve been talking with that this morning with a couple of the players. We’re going to come up with a plan; I believe we’re going to be better [Tuesday]."

Projected lineup

 

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton-Kevin Hayes-Travis Konecny

James van Riemsdyk-Derek Grant-Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Michael Raffl-Nate Thompson-Tyler Pitlick

Although ...

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers

Robert Hagg-Justin Braun

Goalies

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott