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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Ducks

After a day off from the ice, the Flyers will play their third game in four nights against the Anaheim Ducks.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Philadelphia Flyers (1-1-0: 2pts) at Anaheim Ducks (1-0-0: 2pts)

at Honda Center | Anaheim, CA

TIME: 10:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

 

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series (2016-17): 0-1-1

All-Time Record: 32gp (10-12-5-5)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 3pts, Simmonds (3g), Voracek (3a), Gostisbehere (3a)

ANH: 3pts, Cogliano (1g-2a), Perry (2g-1a), Rakell (1g-2a) 

 

1. HOME & ROAD 

After a day off from the ice, the Flyers will play their third game in four nights on the road to start off a season for the first time in franchise history… The Flyers complete their California trip after splitting a pair of games to kick off the season, and will complete the season series with all three California teams before the holiday break (Dec. 18)… While the Flyers are on a four-game road trip to begin the season, the Ducks kicked off a four-game homestand to begin theirs… Anaheim won their first of the season in dramatic fashion by mounting a comeback and scoring four unanswered goals after trailing 4-1 against Arizona for a 5-4 win.

 

2. WOUNDED DUCKS

The Ducks enter the season dealing with significant injuries… Among the players to miss the opening game are captain Ryan Getzlaf and alternate captain Ryan Kesler, who were the club's top two scorers last season with a combined 131 points… On defense, Sami Vatanen & Hampus Lindholm are both out 4-6 weeks with shoulder injuries - the duo were two of the top three scorers on the blueline as well as time-on-ice leaders, each averaging over 21 minutes per game in 2016-17… Goaltender Ryan Miller, who was acquired in the summer from Vancouver, also missed Game 1 with an upper-body injury.

 

3. HOSTILE TERRITORY

The Flyers are winless against the Ducks in the last five seasons, going without a win in the last eight meetings for a 0-5-3 record… The last Flyers win came at Anaheim on Dec. 2, 2011 when Claude Giroux scored in overtime… Anaheim has not lost to the Flyers in regulation since the 2007-08 campaign, going 11-0-2 in the process… The two teams will face a quick end to their season series, when they meet again in 17 days in Philly on Oct. 24.

 

4. SHOOTING GALLERY

The Flyers and Ducks have put a lot of pucks at the net to start their seasons… The Flyers have averaged 33 shots on goal through the first two games, but have fired over half of their shots on goal in the third period, putting 17 shots on net in the final frame in each of the last two games and outshooting their opponent, 34-16, in the third… The Ducks had 41 shots on goal in their lone game of the season, including 34 in the final two periods, while outshooting the Coyotes, 14-5, in the third period.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)

Centering the top line with Giroux and Voracek on the wings, Couturier comes into tonight's game with one assist… He also leads the Flyers in shots on goal through the first two games (8)… Couturier was the only Flyers forward to log over 20 minutes of ice time in the 2-0 loss to the Kings (20:37)… Now in his seventh season in the NHL, Couturier ranks second among all teams in his draft class with games played (418)… Against the Ducks, Couturier has five points (1g-4a) in eight games.

DUCKS (RW: #10 - Corey Perry)

Perry led the comeback for the Ducks in their season opener, recording a pair of goals and an assist and a +3 rating… Over the last 11 seasons, since 2007-08, Perry is tied for second among all NHL players in goals scored with 321 goals in 749 games… Against the Flyers, Perry averages over a point per game with 16 points (5g-11a) in 15 games.

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