Philadelphia Flyers (8-8-3: 19pts) vs. Calgary Flames (10-8-0: 20pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 1:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series (2016-17): 1-1-0
All-Time Record: 117gp (59-42-12-4)
PHI: 23-PTS, Voracek (5g-18a)
CGY: 26-PTS, Gaudreau (8g-18a)
1. COMING INTO TODAY…
The Flyers come in looking to snap a three-game losing skid, but have earned points in the standings in four of their last six games… The Flyers will play five of their next seven games at home where they have points in six of nine games, going 4-3-2… After hosting a seven-game homestand for 18 days, the Flames play the second of their 12-day, six-game road trip after they dropped the first game, 8-2, at Detroit… This is the second matinee game this season - the Flyers earning a 2-1 win over Edmonton in the first… Dating back to last season, the Flyers have earned points in seven straight matinee games at the Wells Fargo Center, going 6-0-1 with their last loss coming on Nov. 25, 2016.
2. YOUTH IS SERVED
Entering today's game, the two teams combined for 19 players who are 25 years or younger with 10 players on the Flames, including their top three scorers and leading scorer, Johnny Gaudreau (26pts)… The Flyers have nine players 25 years old or younger, including leading goal-scorer, Sean Couturier (11 goals) and leading defenseman in scoring, Shayne Gostisbehere (15pts)… The Flames also have the NHL's oldest active player, former Flyer Jaromir Jagr at 45 years-old, who has five points (1g-4a) in nine games since signing with the Flames.
3. THERE'S HISTORY THERE
For the second straight game the Flyers will face a former Atlanta franchise… The Flyers and Flames meet for the first time this season after splitting last year's season series with each team winning on home ice… In fact, the Flyers have gone unbeaten in regulation in their last five games against the Flames at home, posting a 3-0-2 record since 2010, but overall, they have dropped four of their last six meetings to Calgary, posting a 2-2-2 record.
4. PENALTY PHASE
The Flyers have killed off 14 of their last 15 penalties (93.3%), ranking fourth in the NHL over the last week… The Flames are in the NHL Top 10 for most goals-against per-game, allowing an average of 3.22… The Flames have allowed a power-play goal in each of their last four games, allowing eight goals on the man-advantage, killing off five of 13 penalties in that stretch… The Flames have the NHL's worst penalty kill at 70.8 percent and have also allowed 19 goals on the PK, the most of any team this season.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (RW: #93 - Jakub Voracek)
Voracek comes into today after recording a goal and assist in his last outing, which was also his ninth multi-point game of the season… He is currently is tied for third in the NHL assists department with 18 helpers, while also being tied for eighth with 23 points, which leads the Flyers… Voracek loves playing at home, recording nine assists and 11 points in nine home games, including nine points at even strength… He has a plus-9 rating, compared to a minus-2 rating on the road.
FLAMES (LW: #13 - Johnny Gaudreau)
The 5'9", 157 pound forward from South Jersey is on a tear lately… He enters tonight with an eight-game point streak in which he has 14 points (6g-8a) in that stretch and goals in each of his last four games… He has also put up multi-point games in each of his last three contests… Gaudreau ranks third in the NHL's scoring race with 26 points through 18 games, which is also the best start to his NHL career… Against the Flyers, he has scored in four of five career games and averages over a point per-game with six points (1g-5a) in that span.