Season Series: 0-1-0
All-Time Record: 148gp (87-41-17-3)
PHI: 45pts, Voracek (14g-31a)
STL: 50pts, Tarasenko (23g-27a)
Power Play: (PHI: 39-for-182, 21.4%, 9th) (STL: 35-for-158, 22.1%, 6th)
Penalty Kill: (PHI: 132-of-163, 81.0%, T-18th) (STL: 152-for-182, 83.5%, 9th)
1. THE POINT IS
At 59 points, the Flyers sit in the second and final wild card position in the Eastern Conference which is two points more than Toronto, three more against Carolina and four more against the Islanders'54 points, but all three teams have games in hand… The Flyers are 1-0-1 on their current five-game homestand, earning three of four points and have now earned points in 12 of their last 15 games at home, going 11-2-2 since Nov. 27.
2. TURNING BLUE
The Blues come into tonight's game playing for a new head coach, Mike Yeo, after relieving Ken Hitchcock of his duties on Feb. 1… The Blues have won just two of their last eight games (2-6-0), going 1-1-0 under Yeo thus far… The Blues play the first of a five-game road trip, which matches a season high - they are 8-13-1 for 17 points on the road this season, which is tied for the third fewest road points in the NHL.
3. HOW THE WEST WAS WON
The Flyers play their 21st of 28 games against the Western Conference and are in a stretch where they play five of seven games against the West beginning with last Saturday's game vs. LA… The Flyers are 10-6-4 overall, but have gone unbeaten in regulation in their last nine home games against the Western Conference, going 7-0-2, while owning an overall home mark of 7-2-2.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: The Flyers have gone perfect on the penalty kill in two straight games and five of their last six overall, killing off 16 of the last 18 times shorthanded.
THAT: St. Louis won the first meeting of the season, 6-3, in St. Louis on a Robby Fabbri hat trick - Fabbri will not play in tonight's game due to an ACL injury which he is out for the season.
THE OTHER: The Flyers have won three straight games over the Blues on home ice and are 5-1-0 at home against St. Louis since 2007.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (D: #9 - Ivan Provorov)
The 20-year-old defenseman has earned extended ice time throughout his rookie season and now leads the club with an average of 21:31 per-game, which also ranks second among all rookie defensemen this season… He also leads the Flyers defense in scoring with 22 points (4g-18a), 19 of which have come at even strength.
BLUES (C: #91 - Vladimir Tarasenko)
The Blues sniper leads the team in both goals (23) and overall scoring with 50 points, which is tied for ninth in the NHL… Named to the 2017 NHL All-Star Team, Tarasenko has three goals and four points in his last four games… He has no goals in five career games against the Flyers, recording three assists and a minus-5 rating.
TODAY AT 50
On February 6, 1997… the Philadelphia Flyers skated to a 9-5 blowout win against the Montreal Canadiens at the CoreStates Center… The Legion of Doom Trio of center Eric Lindros (1g-4a), left wing John LeClair (4g-2a) and right wing Mikael Renberg (1g-4a) combined to record 16 points in the game to set a new team record for most points in a game by one line… For LeClair, his four goals marked his first career four-goal game and tied the team record for most goals in a regular season game. LeClair (six points) and Renberg (five points) each set new career highs for points in a single game.