Philadelphia Flyers (5-3-0: 10pts) vs. Anaheim Ducks (3-3-1: 7pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series: 1-0-0
All-Time Record: 33gp (11-12-5-5)
PHI: 11-PTS, Gostisbehere (1g-10a)
ANH: 6-PTS, Cogliano (2g-4a)
1. GOALS UP, GOALS DOWN
The Flyers wrap up their five-game homestand tonight after going 3-1-0 in the previous four and outscoring the opposition, 15 to 5 in the process… All five of the Flyers wins have come when they have scored the first goal, going a perfect 5-0-0… The Flyers have scored just three goals in their last seven periods of play, while in the seven periods before that, they tallied a total of 17 goals… On the flip side, the Flyers have allowed just three goals against in their last 10 periods of play, while in the previous 10 periods, they allowed 12 goals against.
2. FEELING DUCKY
While the Flyers are ending their homestand, the Ducks are kicking off a four-game road swing on the east coast visiting Florida, Tampa and Carolina following tonight… In fact, tonight's game is just the second road game of the season for Anaheim… They are coming off a 6-2 win over Montreal on Friday but prior to that, they dropped four of five games, scoring an average of just 1.4 goals per-game in that stretch… The Ducks have also struggled on the power play - posting just two power-play goals the entire season to rank 30th in the league at 4.0 percent (1-for-25).
3. ON THE LINE VS. ANAHEIM
The Flyers wrap up their second season series of the season already after they earned a 3-2 overtime win at Anaheim on Oct. 7 with Wayne Simmonds picking up the game-winning goal… The Flyers will look to sweep the season series against the Ducks for just the second time in franchise history and first time in 21 seasons (since 1996-97)… And if history wasn't on the Ducks side already, Anaheim has won six consecutive road games in Philadelphia dating to Oct. 20, 2009.
4. WHO'S IN; WHO'S OUT
Some rare lineup news that will effect the game… On the Flyers side, D Andrew MacDonald will be out after he suffered a lower-body injury vs. Edmonton, making way for Brandon Manning… Flyers GM Ron Hextall said that forward Taylor Leier and Jordan Weal are good to go, but it is unknown if they will be on the lineup… The Ducks will have a pair of significant players make their return - captain Ryan Getzlaf will be in the lineup for the first time in two weeks and play just his third game of the season… On defense, Hampus Lindholm will see his first action of the season after missing all of regular season and preseason thus far with shoulder surgery… However, time-on-ice leader, Cam Fowler, will be out of the lineup after he suffered a knee injury in their previous game.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (C: #28 - Claude Giroux)
Claude Giroux has five goals on the season, he didn't reach his fifth goal until Nov. 29 last season, and it is his best start to a season since the 2011-12 season when he had five goals in six games… He also has 10 points through the first eight games, which is second on the team… The Flyers captain also leads the team on the current homestand with four goals and seven points with a plus-4 rating in four games.
DUCKS (C: #15 - Ryan Getzlaf)
Getzlaf returns to the lineup after missing the last four games and five of the Ducks' seven games this season… He has led the Ducks in scoring in each of the last five seasons… Against the Flyers Getzlaf averages over a point per-game with 17 points (5g-12a) in 14 games, while also holding an eight-game point streak against the Flyers, recording 12 points (3g-9a)… The last time that the Flyers held Getzlaf off the scoresheet is Dec. 2, 2011.