The Colorado Avalanche (5-1-2) finishes its four-game road trip with a visit to the Wells Fargo Center for a clash against the Philadelphia Flyers (4-4-0) on Monday. It will be the second and final meeting between the non-conference opponents during the 2018-19 regular season.
The Avalanche owns an 18-10-6 record against the Flyers since the 1995-96 season, including an 8-6-1 mark on the road.
Last Time Out
Colorado downed the Carolina Hurricanes by a 3-1 score on behind a 42-save performance from goaltender Philipp Grubauer, who earned his second-straight victory. Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog extended his goal streak to three games (six goals) with the Avs' first two markers of the game. He now has eight points (six goals, two assists) in his last four outings. Nathan MacKinnon added three points of his own, as he registered assists on both of Landeskog's goals and found the back of the net at the 16:51 mark of the third period. Tyson Barrie, Nikita Zadorov and Mikko Rantanen each added one helper, as Rantanen extended his league lead with 12 assists.
The Flyers rallied to beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 in a Saturday matinee in their most recent contest. After the Devils took a 1-0 lead, Philadelphia answered with goals from Travis Konecny and Nolan Patrick to take a 2-1 advantage into the third period. New Jersey evened the score at 2-2 shortly into the final frame, but the Flyers got three unanswered goals from Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds and Scott Laughton to take home the victory. Brian Elliot made 19 saves on 21 shots in the win.
Last Time They Met
The Avalanche prevailed in a 5-2 win at the Pepsi Center on Oct. 6 in the teams' first meeting of the year. The clubs traded the game's first four goals with Colin Wilson and J.T. Compher finding the twine for Colorado, while Sean Couturier and Mikahil Vorobyev scored for Philadelphia. Gabriel Landeskog tallied the eventual game-winner at the 7:18 mark of the middle frame, while Wilson and Nathan MacKinnon added the final two markers. Semyon Varlamov made 35 saves on 37 shots in the win.
What To Watch
Two Of A Kind
A season ago, Philadelphia center Claude Giroux and right wing Jakub Voracek were first and second among Flyers skaters in points, both tallying the most in their careers. Giroux, 30, eclipsed the 100-point mark for the first time in his career with 102 (34 goals, 68 assists), while Voracek, 29, totaled 85 points (20 goals, 65 assists). This season, the linemates share the team lead with 11 points each, with both recording three goals and eight assists.
The Avalanche have been shorthanded 39 times this season but have killed off 89.7 percent of those man disadvantages, good for third in the league. Since the franchise moved to Colorado in 1995, the club's best penalty-kill percentage for a season was set in 1996-97 with an 87.6-percent success rate. The last time Colorado was above 85 percent on the PK was the 2001-02 campaign (87 percent).
Players To Watch
Colorado: Center Nathan MacKinnon
With a goal in the win against Carolina, Nathan MacKinnon has now recorded goals in seven of the team's first eight games, and he has reached the scoresheet in every one of those contests (eight goals, six assists). The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native has registered multi-point outings in four contests thus far. He and Mikko Rantanen are only the second set of teammates to open a season with simultaneous eight-game point streaks, joining Joe Sakic and Anton Stastny with the Quebec Nordiques in 1988-89.
Philadelphia: Right Wing Wayne Simmonds
Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds shares eighth place in the NHL in goals with six this season, including three in his last three games. Since becoming a member of the Flyers in 2011, Simmonds has reached the 20-goal plateau in all but one season. Two of his six markers this year have come with the man advantage.
Monday's clash with the Flyers is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT and can be watched live on Altitude TV (with pregame coverage starting at 4:30 p.m.) or streamed on the AltitudeNOW app or NHL.tv. The radio broadcast can be heard on Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM in the Denver area and online at ColoradoAvalanche.com.