DUCKS (1-1-1) at FLYERS (3-1-0)
Season series: In the teams' only meeting last season, the Flyers won 5-4 in a shootout at the Honda Center. The Flyers rallied from a 3-1 second-period deficit to tie the game, and after Ryan Getzlaf scored to put the Ducks ahead 4-3 with 1:14 left in the second, Mike Knuble scored 14 seconds later to force overtime. Flyers captain Mike Richards scored the only goal in the shootout, beating Jean-Sebastien Giguere. The teams haven't played in
Big Story: This will feel like a reunion game for players on both sides. Chris Pronger -- celebrating his 35th birthday -- faces the team he spent the previous three seasons with before being traded to
Ducks -- Corey Perry has been the Ducks' early offensive leader, with 2 goals and 4 points in his first three games.
Flyers -- After a strong start to the season, goaltender Ray Emery has given up five goals in each of his last two games. Not all of the problems defensively can be laid at the goaltender's feet, however. Braydon Coburn threw a clearing pass into his own net, and of the team's seven defensemen, only Pronger and Matt Carle are plus players.
Who's Hot -- Richards leads the team in scoring with 7 points; he has at least a point in all four games and goals in three straight. Teammate Jeff Carter also has a point in all four games. Perry's three-point game Thursday against
Injury Report -- Flyers rookie forward James van Riemsdyk, who fell hard into the boards Tuesday against Washington, does not have a concussion but was too sore to play Thursday against Pittsburgh and is questionable for Saturday. Fourth-line center Blair Betts dislocated his right shoulder against the Caps and will miss a minimum of four weeks. Ducks center Petteri Nokelainen, out with a groin injury, flew to
Stat Pack -- There could be as many as six players from Canada's gold medal-winning World Junior Championship team on the ice in Philadelphia on Saturday -- the Flyers' Richards, Carter, Coburn and Danny Syvret, and the Ducks' Perry and Getzlaf.
Puck Drop -- Pronger said there's no doubt he'll have something to prove Saturday night.
"It's always personal when you play against a former team, that's a given," he told NHL.com. "It's a game like any other, you want to go out and compete and play well, make sure you're doing your best to win the game, but obviously you put more importance on a game against a former team."
-- Adam Kimelman, NHL.com
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