Season Series: 1-0-0
All-Time Record: 30 gp (10-11-4-5)
PHI: 50pts, Voracek (16g-34a)
COL: 41pts, MacKinnon (12g-29a)
Power Play: (PHI: 44-for-208, 21.1%, 11th) (COL: 25-for-180, 13.9%, 29th)
Penalty Kill: (PHI: 149-of-184, 81.0%, T-15th) (COL: 168-for-214, 78.5%, 24th)
1. EAST MEETS WEST
The Flyers play their third to last game against a Western Conference opponent this season, owning a 12-9-4 mark against the West, and 6-4-1 record against the Central Division, but a 4-1-1 mark playing Central Division opponents on home ice… The Avalanche have more wins against Eastern Conference opponents (9-14-1) than they do against their own Western Conference (8-26-1)… The Avs also own a 4-8-0 record against the Metropolitan Division with three of those wins coming on the road.
2. SHOOT 'EM DOWN
The Flyers have outshot their opponents in each of their last eight games by a 266-196 margin in those eight games… They also recorded 34 or more shots in six of their eight games, but have gone 2-6-0 in that stretch… The Avs have been outshot by their opponent in seven of their last eight games, going 2-5-1, and have been outshot in each of their last four contests… The Flyers are ranked sixth in the NHL in shots per-game at 31.4, while the Avalanche are ranked 26th in the NHL at 28.2 shots per-game.
3. MORE POWER TO YOU
The Flyers have recorded a goal on the power play in three of their last four games (4-for-12), posting nearly 50 percent of their goals on the man advantage in those games (4 of 9)… The Avalanche have failed to score on the power play in their last six games, going 0-for-12… The Flyers are tied for second in the NHL with the most power-play goals scored (44), while Colorado has the second least amount of power-play goals in the NHL at 25.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: The Flyers have scored six of their last nine goals in the second period over their last four games.
THAT: Coming off of a win in their last game, 4-3 at Buffalo, the Avalanche are looking for back-to-back wins for just the fourth time this season and first since Feb. 4-7.
THE OTHER: The Flyers won the first meeting of the year, 4-3 at Colorado and will be looking for their first two-game sweep of the Avalanche since the team moved to Colorado in 1995-96.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (RW: #93 - Jakub Voracek)
Voracek has recorded two goals in his last three games, while also producing at least a point in five of his last seven contests with five points (2g-3a) in that stretch… Against the Avs, he owns 14 points (4g-10a) in 20 career games, including one assist in the first meeting this season… Against teams from the West, Voracek averages nearly a point per-game with 23 points (5g-18a) in 25 games this season.
AVALANCHE (C: #9 - Matt Duchene)
Duchene's name has been at the top of NHL trade rumors most of the season and here's why: the 26-year old leads the Avs in scoring with 16 goals and is second with 36 points in 55 games… In eight seasons, the third overall pick in the 2009 Draft has 413 career points (172g-241a) in 550 games… In the first meeting with the Flyers, Duchene scored two of the Avs three goals and lifetime has seven points (4g-3a) in nine games against the Flyers.
TODAY AT 50
On February 20, 1990… the visiting Philadelphia Flyers and host Vancouver Canucks skated to a 7-7 tie. The game was every bit as wide-open as the final score suggested. Vancouver jumped out to an early 2-0 first-period lead, before the Flyers scored the next three goals of the game. Tim Kerr's goal in the final minute of regulation tied the game at 7-7. A scoreless overtime ended with the game still tied 7-7. That was how it stood in the era before the NHL's adoption of the shootout to resolve tied games in the regular season. Kerr, Ilkka Sinisalo and Pelle Eklund each scored two goals, while Eklund and defenseman Jiri Latal (3a) led the Flyers with three points each.