Philadelphia Flyers (17-8-5, 39pts)
Colorado Avalanche (19-8-2, 40pts)
at Pepsi Center | Denver, CO
TIME: 9:30 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series (2018-19): 0-2-0
All-Time Record (as COL): 35gp (12-13-4-6)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 28-pts (11g-17a)
COL - Nathan MacKinnon: 47-pts (19g-28a)
1. ROAD SHOW
After finishing up a three-game homestand with a 2-1-0 record, the Flyers hit the road to face off against three Western Conference and Central Division teams - all of which are in the midst of hot streaks and rank in the NHL's Top 6 since Nov. 14 (1-BOS; 2-MIN; 3-WPG; 6-COL)... The Flyers kick off a stretch where they play 10 of their next 13 games on the road and spend the next 20 of the the next 29 days traveling or away from Philadelphia... They have won three straight road games, and seven of their last 11 on the road since Oct. 24.
2. ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH
The Avs come in as one of the top teams in the NHL (5th) and have the second-best record in the Western Conference with 41 points and at 19-8-3 are looking to be the first Western Conference team with 20 wins... They have earned points in seven straight (6-0-1) but had their six-game winning streak snapped in their last outing, a 5-4 OT loss to Calgary at home... They are also the highest scoring team in the NHL in terms of goals per-game, averaging 3.70 - their 111 goals ranks second in the NHL (WSH: 114)... They have scored at least three goals in their last eight games and have posted four or more goals in over half of their games (16 of 30).
3. ROCKY MOUNTAIN LOW
The Flyers have dropped three of their last four in the last two seasons against the Avs, including both games of the season series last year when they were outscored 9-3 in the process... On the other hand, the Flyers have been fairly successful playing at Colorado, earning points in four of their last five trips (3-1-1)... The Avs have only one regulation loss against the Eastern Conference (8-1-2) and are unbeaten in regulation against the Metropolitan (2-0-1)... The Flyers a 4-4-2 against the West and 2-1-0 against the Central.
4. THE PLAYERS HAVE...
Scott Laughton comes into tonight's game with four goals and six points in his last six games... Joel Farabee has points in five of his last six (1g-4a)... Carter Hart is on a four-game winning streak with a 1.51 GAA and .944 save percentage during this stretch... Avs netminder, Pavel Francouz, has won five of his last six decisions and ranks fifth in the NHL in save percentage (.931) and seventh in goals against average (2.24)... Avs d-man, Cale Makar, is third among all NHL defensemen in scoring with 28 points (8g-20a), which also leads all NHL rookies.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #13 - Kevin Hayes)
Hayes has eight points (4g-4a) and is a +5 in his last 10 games, recording at least a point in eight of those games... He averages a point per-game against Colorado with nine points (4g-5a) in nine games and averages over a point per-game at the Pepsi Center in Colorado, posting five points (1g-4a) in four games to go along with a +6 rating.
AVALANCHE (C: #29 - Nathan MacKinnon)
MacKinnon ranks third in the NHL's scoring race with 47 points (19g-28a) in 30 games... He was the NHL's 2nd Star in November for recording 25 points (10g-15a) in 14 games... He has also recorded points in 10 of his last 11 games, including seven multi-point games, where he has posted 21 points (8g-13a) in that stretch.