Philadelphia Flyers (16-7-5, 37pts)
Arizona Coyotes (16-9-4, 36pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series (2018-19): 2-0-0
All-Time Record: 34gp (19-12-0-3)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 27-pts (10g-17a)
ARI - Nick Schmaltz: 20-pts (5g-15a)
1. HOME WARRIORS
The Flyers come in with a five-game winning streak where they have outscored their opponent, 21-8, with 19 of the 21 goals coming at even strength... They also have points in 11 straight games at the Wells Fargo Center, going 7-0-4, which is their longest streak at home since the 2008-09 season when they had a 14-game streak (12-0-2)... The Flyers have a full two-goal differential per-game during the streak with an average of 3.91 goals-for and 1.91 goals-allowed during the 11-game streak, and have limited the opposition to two goals or less in 8 of 11 games... Jake Voracek leads the team with 14 points (3g-11a) during the streak.
2. ROAD WARRIORS
The Coyotes come in as one of the best teams in the Western Conference after missing out on the playoffs last season - they are currently T-3rd in the West, but a win tonight and they will jump over Edmonton take the overall lead in the Pacific Division... They are also one of the best road teams in the NHL... They have earned at least a point in nine of their last 10 road games, going 7-1-2. Overall, they have the fourth best road winning percentage in the NHL at .700 with a 9-3-3 record... They are one of six teams in the NHL with nine or more wins on the road, five of which are all in the Western Conference.
3. TANDEMS TERRIFIC
Both teams come in among the NHL leading teams in goaltending duos... The Coyotes rank second in the NHL and first in the Western Conference with the tandem of Darcy Kuemper (11-6-2, 1.97 GAA) and Antti Raanta (5-3-2, 2.66 GAA) that combine for a 2.26 goals-against average that currently ranks second in the NHL... The Flyers duo of Carter Hart (9-5-3, 2.35 GAA) and Brian Elliott (7-2-2, 2.70 GAA) have combined for a 2.58 GAA, which currently ranks sixth in the NHL and third among Eastern Conference teams.
4. PLEADING THE FIFTH
Both teams have home-grown fifth-round draft picks leading their team in goal-scoring... In his third NHL season, Oskar Lindblom (2014: 5th Round, 138th overall) leads the Flyers with 11 goals and is six off his career-high (17)... For Arizona, second-year forward, Conor Garland (2015: 5th Round, 123rd overall) leads the Coyotes with 10 goals and is three off his total from his rookie season (13).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #13 - Kevin Hayes)
Hayes has a four-game point streak (2g-2a) and points in seven of his last eight game (4g-3a)... Hayes leads all Flyer forwards in shorthanded time-on-ice at 2:03 per-game... The Coyotes are one of three NHL teams in which he averages a point per-game or better with 10 points (4g-6a) in 10 games (NSH: 1.42, VGK: 1.00).
COYOTES (RW: #9 - Clayton Keller)
Keller comes in with points in two straight and four of his last six games (1g-3a)... He has 10 of his 17 points and all five of his goal on the road this season... The Coyotes have earned points in 13 of 15 games in which Keller records a point, going 11-2-2.