Season Series: 1-0-0
All-Time Record: 118 gp (72-33-13-0)
PHI: 48pts, Voracek (14g-34a)
VAN: 39pts, Horvat (18g-21a)
Power Play: (PHI: 41-for-199, 20.6%, 11th) (VAN: 26-for-175, 14.8%, 28th)
Penalty Kill: (PHI: 140-of-173, 80.9%, 18th) (VAN: 125-for-158, 79.1%, 24th)
1. TWO IN A ROW(S)
The Flyers have won two straight against the Canucks dating back to last season, but have also dropped two straight playing at Vancouver… This is the second and final meeting of the year against the Canucks with the Flyers earning a 5-4 shootout win at home on Jan. 12 in a game that saw 73 shots and eight goals scored… Ten Flyers recorded at least a point in the game, led by Sean Couturier with (1g-1a), while forward Markus Granlund had two goals and a +3 rating for Vancouver.
2. YOU SAY HELLO, WE SAY GOODBYE
The Canucks recently finished off a season-high, 11-day, six-game road trip from Feb. 7-16 and play the second of a four-game homestand after they earned a 2-1 overtime win over Calgary last night… Tonight marks the fifth time this season the Flyers will be playing an opponent who is entering the second of games on back to back nights, while they are not… The Canucks are 5-7-0 in the second game, but have only played the second game on home ice twice this year, going 1-1-0… The Flyers are wrapping up their six-day, three-game road trip through Western Canada and are looking for their first win of the trip.
3. CLOSE AS THEY COME
The Canucks and Flyers are among the leaders in the NHL in wins by one goal… Vancouver is tied for second in the league with 17 wins in one-goal games, going 17-5-6, and have had 15 games go past regulation play this year… The Flyers are tied for fifth with 16 wins in one-goal games, going 16-5-7, and have had 18 games go past regulation play, which is tied for third in the NHL.
4. NO PLAY ON THE PK
Both teams come into tonight not allowing very many power-play goals lately… The Canucks went 4-for-4 on the PK in last night's win over Calgary and have allowed just two PPG in their last four games, going 11-for-13, and rank fifth in the NHL in fewest penalty minutes per game (8.2)… The Flyers have not allowed a goal on the penalty kill in five of their seven games in the month of February, going 11-for-13 during the entire month… They are ranked 19th in the NHL with 10.0 penalty minutes per game.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (LW: #25 - Nick Cousins)
Cousins recorded the lone goal in Calgary and has seen an increase in opportunity lately, recording four shots or more in four of his last five games with 18 shots in his last five… He has a new career high in scoring with 14 points and has tied his career high with six goals this season… Nearly two years ago (Mar. 17, 2015) Cousins made his NHL debut playing in this building against the Canucks.
CANUCKS (D: #23 - Alex Edler)
The 30-year-old defenseman leads the Canucks in time-on-ice per-game, averaging over 24 minutes (24:11)… He has points in two straight games with a goal and an assist, as well as points in six of his last seven games, recording six points (2g-4a) in that stretch… He has spent all 11 of his NHL seasons with Vancouver and is six points shy of 300 points with 294 points in 665 games (75g-219a).
TODAY AT 50
On February 19, 1992… The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins completed a major trade that would ultimately help both sides… The Flyers gave up a lot -- team captain Rick Tocchet, hulking and reliable defensive defenseman Kjell Samuelsson and goaltender Ken Wregget, plus a 1992 third-round pick (Dave Roche). In return they received young star winger Mark Recchi, veteran defenseman Brian Benning and a 1992 first-round pick (Jason Bowen)… The following season, Recchi set a Flyers single-season scoring record with 123 points (53g-70a) in 84 games.