Philadelphia Flyers (27-17-7, 61pts)
Colorado Avalanche (28-15-6, 62pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP+ | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 0-1-0
All-Time Record (as COL): 36gp (12-14-4-6)
PHI - Travis Konecny (17g-26a) & Sean Couturier (13g-30a): 43-pts
COL - Nathan MacKinnon: 72-pts (30g-42a)
1. YES, ANOTHER ONE
The Flyers play the second game and wrap up their 11th back-to-back set tonight (of 17 sets, which is tied for most in the NHL)... They are 4-4-2 in the second game, including wins in two of their last three second games... The Flyers also return home where they are among the best teams in the NHL with a 17-4-4 record and .760 winning percentage which is T-2nd in the NHL... The Flyers have won two straight and eight of their last 10 home games entering tonight, outscoring their opponent, 35-19.
2. BREAK THE ICE
The Avs are coming off of their Bye/All-Star break, which began on Jan. 20 and kick off a 10-day, five-game road trip tonight, which is their third road trip of five or more games this season, both of which they came out above .500... Prior to the break, the Avs won three straight, outscoring their opponent, 15-6, all of which were at home... The Avs have actually dropped two straight on the road and three of their last four (1-2-1)... The Avs are second in the NHL, best in the West, in goals per-game (3.65).
3. EAST MEETS WEST
The Flyers wrap up their 11th season series and play their 22nd game against a Western Conference team... Against the West, the Flyers own an 8-11-2 record, but have a 5-2-1 mark on home ice, including wins in three of their last four... The Avalanche have the best winning percentage against the Eastern Conference of any team in the West at .410 with a 12-4-3 record, which is second-best in the NHL only to the Flyers at .717 and a 19-6-5 mark.
4. US & THEM
US: The Flyers are ranked third in the NHL on the penalty kill at home, killing off 86.8 percent, and remain in the NHL's Top 10 on the overall PK at 82.2%, compared to last year through 52 games when they were 76.4 and 28th in the NHL... THEM: Nathan MacKinnon is T-3rd in the NHL's scoring race with 72 points - he is the only player who has at least 30 goals AND 40 assists this season... US vs THEM: The Flyers wrap up the season series vs. Colorado after dropping the first meeting, 3-1, on Dec. 11... They've also lost three straight meetings, and four of the last five, against the Avs.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (LW: #49 - Joel Farabee)
Farabee is riding a four-game point streak, his second four-game streak of his rookie season, with four points (2g-2a) in that span - a point tonight will mark a new career high... He also has 10 of his 16 points (4g-6a) and four of his five goals playing on home ice, while also recording a plus-minus of +13 at home, which leads all rookies at home.
AVALANCHE (D: #8 - Cale Makar)
The 21-year-old leads all rookies in scoring with 37 points (11g-26a) in 41 games, which also ranks second on the Avalanche, and with his next point will set the Avs all-time franchise record for points by a rookie d-man... He comes into tonight with a three-game point streak (2g-2a) and eight points (3g-5a) in his last nine games.