Philadelphia Flyers (17-9-5, 39pts)
Minnesota Wild (15-12-5, 35pts)
at XCel Energy Center | Saint Paul, MN
TIME: 7:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series (2018-19): 2-0-0
All-Time Record: 25gp (16-7-1-1)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 28-pts (11g-17a)
MIN - Jason Zucker 23-pts (12g-11a), 23-pts Eric Staal (9g-14a)
1. BOUNCE BACK MATERIAL
The Flyers look to bounce back after a 3-1 loss at Colorado on Wednesday... They are 6-6-1 in games after a loss and 4-3-1 in games after a regulation loss... The Flyers are looking to avoid back-to-back regulation losses for the first time in six weeks (Oct. 27-29)... After playing just one game in last six days, the Flyers now enter the first of a back-to-back tonight and kick off five games in eight days... They also play six games in the next 10 days and will not have another two-day break in the schedule before the holiday break (Dec. 24-26).
2. LET'S GET WILD
The Wild are one of the hottest teams in the NHL, earning points in 13 of their last 14 games, going 9-1-4 since Nov. 14, which leads all teams in points (22) since that date... They are also one of two teams in the NHL with just one regulation loss at home this season, going 8-1-2... They haven't lost in regulation on home ice in over two months (since Oct. 12) but have also played the fewest amount of games on home ice than any other NHL team (12).
3. THERE'S HISTORY THERE
This is the first of two meetings this season and only meeting in Saint Paul, where the Flyers have won four of their last five visits... The Flyers earned a sweep of last year's series that saw a combined 20 goals scored in the two games, which came off the heels of their series two years ago that Minnesota swept and combined for just four goals - all scored by the Wild... The Wild have only one win against a Metropolitan Division opponent this season, going 1-2-2, while the Flyers are 2-2-0 against the Central Division.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: Sean Couturier has four goals and five points in six games at XCel Energy Center, which is also the arena he was drafted 8th overall in 2011 ... THAT: Mats Zuccarello has over a point per-game in his last five contests, recording six points (3g-3a) in that span ... THE OTHER: Tonight's game will see seven players born in the state of Minnesota - three on the Flyers (Niskanen, Braun & Pitlick) and four on the Wild (Praise, Stalock, Seeler & Menell).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #28 - Claude Giroux)
Giroux comes in with points in two straight, four of his last five games (2g-2a) and is also riding a four-game point streak on the road, posting seven points (4g-3a) in that stretch... Against the Wild, Giroux had four points (1g-3a) in the two game season series last year.
WILD (LW: #11 - Zach Parise)
He's tied for the team lead with 12 goals and has posted eight of those goals (and 12 points) in his last 14 games... Against the Flyers, Parise has a five-game point streak that dates back to the 2014-15 season (3g-2a) and has a total of 41 points (21g-20a) in 47 games against Philadelphia - his 21 goals are tied for the most he has against another other team (with NYI).