Philadelphia Flyers (31-19-7, 69pts)
Florida Panthers (30-20-6, 66pts)
at BB&T Center | Sunrise, FLA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 1-1-0
All-Time Record: 100gp (54-34-7-5)
PHI - Sean Couturier: 50-pts (16g-34a)
FLA - Jonathan Huberdeau: 68-pts (19g-49a)
1. TURNING THE PAGE
The Flyers will play for the third time in the last four days, and fifth time in the last eight days... After suffering a 5-3 loss to the Islanders, the Flyers will look to bounce back in the win column for the sixth straight time after a loss, going perfect in their last five attempts... Overall, they are 13-10-2 in games following a loss, including 9-7-2 in games after a regulation loss... Sean Couturier leads the charge in games after a loss, posting 32 points (12g-20a) in 25 games.
2. ON THE PROWL
The Panthers return home after splitting their two-game, back-to-back set with a loss to the Flyers (4-1) and win over the Devils (5-3), which also snapped a four-game winless skid... They've won seven of their last 10 on home ice and are ranked third in the NHL in scoring on home ice, averaging 3.82 goals per-game... Florida has 29 of their 30 wins and are 29-3-3 when scoring three or more goals, including 18-straight wins in that scenario... They have one just once, in a shootout, when scoring two goals or less, going 1-17-3.
3. RUBBER MATCH
This is the 12th team the Flyers will close out a season series, including fourth Eastern Conference team... It's the third and final meeting in the season series with each team winning on home ice... The Flyers won the last meeting in Philly, but are winless in their last four games playing at Florida, as well as seven of their last eight trips to BB&T Center, going 1-6-1... Each teams has scored exactly six goals in the series, with Travis Sanheim the only player to have two goals - Sanheim also has six goals in eight career games against Sergei Bobrovsky... Aleksander Barkov leads all players with three points (1g-2a) in the series.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: The Panthers have allowed a power-play goal in three of their last four games, and seven of their last nine (19-for-27, 70.3%)... THAT: Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk has 11 points (4g-7a) in his last 12 games, while Panthers forward Mike Hoffman has six points (3g-3a) in his last six games... THE OTHER: Both teams have impressive records when scoring the first goal with the Flyers at 21-7-4 and the Panthers at 24-3-2, but each team that has scored the first goal in the two games against each other have lost the game.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (LW: #28 - Claude Giroux)
Giroux comes into tonight with six points in his last three games, posting a pair of goals and four assists... He's one power-play assist shy of tying Bobby Clarke for the most power-play helpers in franchise history (234)... Against the Panthers, Giroux has 25 points in 39 career games, but seven points (4g-3a) in his last eight meetings, including their last meeting.
PANTHERS (C: #55 - Noel Acciari)
Acciari is coming off a three-point night in the Panthers win over New Jersey... In his first season in Florida, he has 24 points in 53 games, including 19 goals... Both of which are career-highs, and his 19 goals are more than he had in 180 games with the Bruins (18)... Acciari is also averaging over three more minutes of ice time per-game with the Panthers.