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5 Things: Flyers at Canucks

The Flyers kick-off their Western Canada road trip tonight in Vancouver

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / philadelphiaflyers.com

Philadelphia Flyers (2-0-0, 4pts)
at
Vancouver Canucks (1-2-0, 2pts)
at Rogers Arena | Vancouver, BC
TIME: 10:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS
Season Series (2018-19): 1-1-0
All-Time Record: 123gp (75-35-13-0)
Leading Scorer:
PHI: 5-pts, Travis Konecny (3g-2a)
VAN: 5-pts, JT Miller (1g-4a)

1. WESTERLY WINDS

The Flyers kick off another lengthy road trip that takes them to Western Canada for eight days... By the end of the trip, the Flyers will have traveled parts of 17 out of the last 21 days since departing for the NHL's Global Series and a total of 13,538 miles... Tonight also kicks off a stretch that sees the Flyers play six straight games against Western Conference opponents... Last season, the Flyers had the highest winning percentage against the Pacific Division (.625) than any other division, going 8-4-4.

2. YES THEY CAN-UCKS

Vancouver plays the second of a three-game homestand... After opening the season with two losses on the road, they took it to Los Angeles, earning an 8-2 win in their home opener on Wednesday... Last season, Vancouver went 20-16-5 at home and combined with this year's home opener, they have won four straight on home ice... The Canucks have been perfect on the penalty kill so, killing all 10 times shorthanded and are only one of two teams remaining (Arizona) who have not allowed a goal on the PK.

3. THAT'S RANDOM

After back-to-back wins to start the season, the Flyers are looking to go 3-0-0 for the first time in eight years (since 2011-12) and 12th time overall in team history... The Flyers have scored seven of their eight goals on the season in the second and third periods, while Vancouver has eight of their 10 total goals in the second & third periods... JT Miller, acquired in an off-season trade with Tampa Bay, leads the Canucks with five points (1g-4a) through three games, while Travis Konecny leads the Flyers with five points (3g-2a) and is one of three Flyers to have scored in both games so far this season (Provorov & Lindblom).

4. THERE'S HISTORY THERE

This is the first of two meetings against the Canucks, who will travel to Philadelphia on Nov. 25... They split the season series last year with each team winning on home ice, but the Flyers have won five of their last seven against Vancouver dating back to December of 2015...The Flyers have the second-highest winning percentage on the road against the Canucks than any other NHL team in their history at .667 with a 34-14-12 road record (Winnipeg/Atlanta: .688). 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH

FLYERS (G: #79 - Carter Hart)
Hart is coming off his first NHL shutout, stopping all 25 shots he faced vs. Devils on Wednesday and back-to-back wins to open the season... He has stopped 53 of 56 shots for a .946 save percentage so far... A win vs. Canucks would see him become the first NHL goaltender 21 years-old or younger to record a win in each of his team's first three games of a season.

CANUCKS (D: #43 - Quinn Hughes)
For the second straight game, the Flyers will face a Hughes brother... The nearly 20-year-old rookie defenseman (turns on Oct. 14) has points in two of the first three games, while averaging over 20 minutes of ice time... He is coming off his first multi-point game of his career, including his first NHL goal... Drafted 7th overall in 2018, Hughes appeared in five games last season after finishing his collegiate career at Michigan after two seasons, where he had 62 points (10g-52a) in 69 games.

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