Philadelphia Flyers (11-7-5, 27pts)
Vancouver Canucks (12-8-4, 28pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP+ | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 0-0-1
All-Time Record: 124gp (75-35-13-1)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 23-pts (8g-15a)
VAN - Elias Pettersson: 29-pts (10g-19a)
1. HOME COOKIN
The Flyers wrap up another season series against a Western Conference opponent tonight, their third so far this season (CGY & CHI) facing the Canucks for the second time after dropping a 3-2 shootout loss in Vancouver on Oct. 12... The Flyers have earned points in 10 of their 11 home games this season (6-1-4), and are one of only three teams to have one or no regulation losses at home (BOS: 9-0-4, MIN: 5-1-2)... The Flyers have had five of their last six home games, including four straight home games decided past regulation... The Flyers have the fifth-best goals-against average in the NHL at home this season (2.27) and score a full goal per-game more at home (3.45) than on the road (2.41).
2. VAN VACATION
The Canucks play the fourth in a season-high six-game road trip that spans 13 days... They are 2-1-0 thus far earning wins in their last two games in which their power-play has been on fire, scoring six goals on 11 opportunities... The Canucks have scored the most power-play goals in the entire NHL (27) and have the fourth-best power play percentage in the league at 26.7 percent... The Canucks have not gone two games in-a-row without scoring the power-play since the first two games of the regular season... The Canucks have also scored seven straight goals on special teams (6ppg-1shg), which ties their franchise record.
3. YOUNG BLUE
Tonight's game will feature two of the top rookies on the blue line so far this season...
Despite playing just 11 games, Philippe Myers ranks T-3rd among all rookie defensemen in goals (3) and 6th in points (6), while also leading all rookie d-men with a plus-minus rating of +8... Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes has four points (4a) in his last two games and ranks second among all rookies in scoring with 18 points (2g-16a) in 23 games, while also ranking second in ice-time per-game (20:17).
4. US, THEM & US & THEM
US: The Flyers have scored eight goals on the power play in their last seven meetings against the Canucks, going 8-for-25 (32.0%)... THEM: The Canucks have a 6-2-1 against opponents from the Eastern Conference, but all three losses have come against Metro Division opponents (3-2-1)... US & THEM: The Canucks have allowed their opponent to score first in 17 of their 24 games, going 6-7-4 when they do so, while the Flyers have scored first in 15 of 23 games, 9-4-2.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #13 - Kevin Hayes)
Hayes comes into tonight with goals in each of his last two games, and points in three straight games (2g-1a)... The Flyers are unbeaten in regulation when Hayes scores, going 5-0-1... He also has four of his six goals on home ice this season... Hayes leads all Flyers forwards in shorthanded time-on-ice per-game this season (2:05).
CANUCKS (C: #40 - Elias Pettersson)
Pettersson has four points (2g-2a) in his last two games and is not having a "sophomore slump"... He led the team in points last year as a rookie with 66 points in 71 games and he leads the team so far this season with 29 points in 24 games... Despite his success, he only has two points (2a) in three games against the Flyers in his career.