Philadelphia Flyers (24-16-6, 54pts)
St. Louis Blues (30-10-7, 67pts)
at Enterprise Center | St. Louis, MO
TIME: 8:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series (2018-19): 0-2-0
All-Time Record: 153gp (89-44-17-3)
PHI - Travis Konecny (14g-25a) & Sean Couturier (13g-26a): 39 pts
STL - David Perron: 46-pts (20g-26a)
1. TEST OF THE BEST... AGAIN
Tonight is the third straight game the Flyers will be playing a team that has a share of the NHL lead (WSH, BOS & STL) with the Blues tied atop the NHL at 67 points... While the Flyers have won two of their last three and have earned points in three of their last four games, they are currently on a four-game winless skid on the road (0-3-1)... The Flyers lead the NHL in home winning percentage (.773), the Blues are tied for the NHL lead for the most wins on home ice (17) and are also tied, with the Flyers, for the fewest combined losses (7).
2. BLUE NOTES
The Blues enter tonight on a four-games winning streak and have also won nine straight home games, which ties a franchise record... During the nine-game stretch, the Blues have outscored the competition, 36-15, including 17-6 in the last four games, and have had six players record eight points or more... The Blues are tied for the NHL lead with 67 points, which also leads the Western Conference by nine points over the second-place team in the standings (Dallas)... St. Louis also has the most wins in regulation this season (30).
3. CLOSE AS THEY COME
The Flyers have also had four straight games decided by one goal, including two past regulation play... They have had 14 games decided past regulation, which is T-2nd in the NHL, while 10 of those 14 games have been decided in a shootout - the most in the NHL... The Blues have had 13 games go past regulation, which is T-6th in the league, while 10 of those 13 were decided in overtime, which is T-3rd in the NHL... Both teams are tied for fifth in the NHL for the most one-goal wins (13).
4. US, THEM, US vs. THEM:
US: The Flyers have a 7-9-2 record against the defending Stanley Cup Champions since 2012-13, but a 5-1-0 mark against the defending champions that hail from the Western Conference... THEM: The Blues are the only team in the NHL that have not lost in regulation when scoring the first goal, and lead the NHL in first goals scored (21)... US vs. THEM: This is the first of two meetings against the Blues - these two teams have traded sweeps in season series in each of the last four seasons with the Flyers earning a sweep in 2015-16 & 2017-18, while the Blues swept the Flyers in 2016-17 & last season (2018-19).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier is coming off a three-point night, his ninth multi-point game of the year, and is now tied for the team lead in scoring with 39 points... Couturier leads the team in the New Year, recording at least a point in five of the six games, with nine points (3g-6a)... Against the Blues he has five points (2g-3a) in 13 games, but all five points have come in his last four meetings with St. Louis.
BLUES (C: #10 - Brayden Schenn)
The former Flyer comes into tonight with a four-game point streak with six assists during that stretch... He's second on the team with 17 goals, which matches his entire goal output from last season, and he's tied for second in overall scoring with 40 points... He has three points (2g-1a) in four career games against the Flyers, all of which came in last year's two-game season series.