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Preview: Ducks Close Out Road Trip in Philadelphia

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks conclude a season-opening five-game road trip in the City of Brotherly Love on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center (4 p.m. PDT, Prime Ticket/AM 830). The matchup opens a two-game season set against the Flyers, which concludes on Sunday, Jan. 1 at Honda Center (5 p.m. PST).

Anaheim has won a club-record six straight over the Flyers to improve its record to 15-8-7 in the all-time season series. Furthermore, the Ducks have not lost to Philadelphia in regulation since the 2007-08 campaign, going 9-0-2 in the process. The Ducks have also won five in a row in Philadelphia dating to Oct. 10, 2009, another franchise first.

Anaheim is coming off a 2-1 defeat to the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday night. Sami Vatanen's power-play goal also served as his 100th career NHL point (30g/70a) in his 198th game, while John Gibson turned aside 26-of-28 shots in his third appearance of the season.

Ryan Getzlaf (1g/3a) and Cam Fowler (2g/2a) pace the club in scoring with four points apiece through four games, while Fowler and Andrew Cogliano (2g) co-lead the team in goals.

Though the Flyers dropped a 7-4 contest on Tuesday night to the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center, a wild third period rally saw Philadelphia erase a three-goal deficit in a four-minute span. The game marked the conclusion of a season-opening three-game road trip for the Flyers, who won 4-2 in the season opener in Los Angeles last Friday and dropped a 4-3 overtime contest in Arizona on Saturday.

The Flyers are led in scoring by captain Claude Giroux and rookie Travis Konecny, who both have four points (assists) through three games, while Matt Read and Sean Couturier pace the club with three goals apiece.

Anaheim's next game will be its home opener set for Sunday at Honda Center against the Vancouver Canucks (5 p.m. PDT).

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