Philadelphia Flyers (8-5-2, 18pts)
Toronto Maple Leafs (9-5-3, 21pts)
at Scotiabank Arena | Toronto, Ontario
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 0-0-1
All-Time Record: 184gp (98-59-22-5)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 16-pts (7g-9a)
TOR - Auston Matthews: 19-pts (13g-6a)
1. SIX, TWO & ONE
The Flyers have earned points in seven of their last nine games, going 6-2-1, and are tied for the best record in the Eastern Conference since Oct. 21 with 13 points, which is also T-2nd in the entire NHL (St. Louis: 8-1-0, 16pts)... Also since that time, Jake Voracek leads the Flyers in scoring with nine points (3g-6a) with four other Flyers posting eight points (Giroux, Konecny, Lindblom & van Riemsdyk - 4g-4a) in that span... Giroux leads the team with a +9 rating in the nine games, while Ivan Provorov leads the team with an average of 24 minutes in TOI.
2. SINCE WE LAST MET...
This is the second time in a week's span these two teams will face off against each other... In the last meeting, the Flyers outshot Toronto, 40-26, but suffered a 4-3 loss in an 11-round shootout... In fact, the last two meetings between the two teams have ended in a shootout, while three of the last five have been decided past regulation... That shootout kicked off a current season-high three-game winning streak for Toronto, who has also earned points in seven straight games on home ice, going 5-0-2 since Oct. 12.
3. KILLIN IT LATELY
The Flyers penalty kill allowed at least one goal in four of the first seven games of the season, which included five goals on 20 times shorthanded, and ranked 23rd in the NHL... Since Oct. 24, the Flyers have allowed a goal in just one out of their last eight games, which included two goals on 23 times shorthanded to rank 3rd in the NHL since that date at 91.3%... Overall, the Flyers penalty kill is ranked 12th and 6th in the Eastern Conference at 83.7%.
4. NOT KILLIN IT LATELY
Toronto has yielded a power-play goal in eight of their last 10 games, with their PK at a 75.6% rate... On the other end, the Maple Leafs have scored just three times on the power play in their last 33 opportunities (9.0%)... They currently rank 24th in the NHL on the PK (77.4%) and 21st in the NHL on the PP (17.2%)... Toronto ranks second in the NHL at home in goals-for, scoring 38 goals in 11 games, while also leading all NHL teams for most goals-against at home, allowing 34 goals in 11 games.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier comes into tonight riding a five-game point streak with six points (3g-3a), including goals in two straight and three of his last four contests... Four of his five goals, and eight of his 11 points this season have come at even strength... Couturier has six points (1g-5a) in his last seven games he has played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
MAPLE LEAFS (C: #34 - Auston Matthews)
Matthews comes in with goals in two straight games and has posted six goals and 10 points in his last eight contests, however, he was held scoreless by the Flyers last week... Matthews has also had most of his success at Scotiabank Arena this year - posting 12 of his 13 goals, and 17 of his 19 points, playing in 11 home games this season.