After a thrilling shootout victory on Saturday afternoon at Honda Center, the Ducks hit the road for a crucial four-game trip on the East Coast. It begins tonight in the city of Brotherly Love against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (4 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830).
Tonight's matchup opens a two-game season series between the Ducks and Flyers. The Ducks own an all-time record of 18-10-8, including a 9-5-3 mark at Wells Fargo Center. They've fared well against the Flyers over the years, posting an 11-2-3 record since the 2007-08 season. Ryan Getzlaf paces active Ducks in career scoring against the Flyers with 22 points (6g/16a) in 17 games.
Sam Carrick and Jacob Larsson joined the team in Philadelphia yesterday after the Ducks recalled them from the San Diego Gulls. Carrick recorded one assist in two games with Anaheim this season, and had 16 points (10g/6a) with a +11 rating in 18 games with San Diego. Larsson posted three points (1g/2a) in 25 games with the Ducks this season (including his first career NHL goal), and posted two points (1g/1a) with a +3 rating in five games with the Gulls.
The Flyers are riding a three-game losing streak that includes a 7-3 defeat on Sunday in Winnipeg. They'll be without the services of forward Joel Farabee in tonight's game for a hit on Jets forward Mathieu Perreault. Farabee was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit, and was handed a three-game suspension yesterday. The 19-year-old rookie had 11 points (3g/8a) in 27 games this season.
Two days after being placed on injured reserve, Flyers leading scorer Travis Konecny was activated this morning, making him available for tonight's game. The 22-year-old right wing has 28 points (11g/17a) in 30 games this season, but hasn't played since suffering a concussion on Dec. 7. Last Friday, Flyers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced that forward Oskar Lindblom has been diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma and isn't expected to return for the remainder of the season.
The Flyers have earned points in 14 of their 16 home games this season (10-2-4), and have won four of their past five at Wells Fargo Center. They rank second in the NHL in goals-against average on home ice this season with a 2.13 mark.