Philadelphia Flyers (10-6-4, 24pts)
Florida Panthers (10-5-5, 25pts)
at BB&T Center | Sunrise, FL
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series (2018-19): 1-2-0
All-Time Record: 98gp (53-33-7-5)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 19-pts (8g-11a)
FLA - Jonathan Huberdeau (9g-18a): 27-pts
1. A TALE OF TWO STREAKS
The Flyers look to snap a three-game winless skid, going 0-1-2, but on the other hand, have earned points in eight of their last nine games, going 5-1-3, in that stretch and coupled with Pittsburgh (vs. NYI) and Carolina (at CHI) losses, could move into 3rd place in the Metro with a win tonight... Florida has wins in three of their last four games and have earned points in 15 of 20 with just five regulation losses this season... A win tonight, coupled with a Montreal (at CBJ) loss, could move Florida into second place in the Atlantic.
2. POWER PANTHERS
The Panthers have been on a tear on the power-play as of late, recording at least a goal in each of their nine games, operating at 36.6% (11-for-30) and rank 4th overall in the NHL (27.0%) and 3rd at home (33.3%)... Florida is also in the Top 5 this season for average goals-for at 3.55 per-game, while also in the Top 5 for most goals-allowed, also at 3.55 per-game... The Panthers are ranked 2nd in the NHL for most goals scored in the third period (29).
3. AS CLOSE AS THEY COME
The Flyers lead the NHL for the most shootouts this season with seven (3-4), while the Panthers rank second with six shootouts (3-3) this season... Florida is third in the NHL with most games played past regulation (9) and the Flyers are T-4th (8)... Both teams entering tonight with each of their last six games decided by one goal - The Flyers have had six straight games decided by one goal, with five of the six decided past regulation, while the Panthers have had three of the six decided past regulation.
4. CROSSING PATHS
The Flyers play the first of three meetings and first of two in Florida against the Panthers... Last season, the Flyers dropped two of the three with every game decided by one goal... The Panthers have earned a point in each of their last five meetings against the Flyers, going 4-0-1, and earned a point in 10 of their last 13 Philly meetings... Kevin Hayes has six points (3g-3a) in his last nine games against the Panthers, including four points (2g-2a) in his last four playing at BB&T Center... Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is 14-3-1 with a 2.14 GAA and .927 save percentage against his former team, the Flyers.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #48 - Morgan Frost)
Frost will be making his NHL debut and centering a line with Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny... Before his first NHL recall, Frost had 12 points (5g-7a), which tied for the team lead in scoring, in 16 games for the club's AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms... He also will be the fifth Flyer to make his NHL debut this season, all of which have been forwards.
PANTHERS (D: #3 - Keith Yandle)
The Florida d-man was recently named the NHL's 3rd Star of the Week and is currently riding a five-game point streak where he has posted 10 points (1g-9a), including three consecutive multi-point games... He currently holds the longest active iron man streak in the NHL, the 5th longest all-time, and is expected to play his 818th consecutive game tonight.