Philadelphia Flyers (17-11-5, 39pts)
Anaheim Ducks (14-15-4, 32pts)
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: 36gp (13-13-5-5)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 28-pts (11g-17a)
ANH - Ryan Getzlaf: 25-pts (10g-15a)
1. WARM WELCOME
The Flyers are looking to get back into the win column and return home where they have won four of their last five games... They are also one of just four NHL teams with two or fewer losses on home ice, with three of the four in the Eastern Conference (BOS: 1, MIN & NYI: 2)... The Flyers have averaged nearly a full goal and-a-half more per-game, than goals allowed on home ice with 3.56 GPG and 2.13 GAPG... Their 2.13 goals-against is also second-best in the entire NHL at home.
2. DUCK, DUCK, LOSE
The Ducks kick off a four-game road trip tonight, all against the Metropolitan Division, and have dropped five of their last six road games, going 1-3-2... However, they do come into tonight having won two of their last three games (both in a shootout), including their last game, 4-3 vs. NY Rangers... In that three-game span, Anaheim has scored four of their six total goals on the power-play (66.6%)... Despite their recent success, the Ducks have not won two games in-a-row in over six weeks (Oct. 29-Nov. 1).
3. FEELIN DUCKY
The Flyers swept the season series last year and have won three of their last four against the Ducks... Prior to that, Anaheim had won eight straight over the Flyers... In their brief history (since 1994) the Flyers have won three straight games over Anaheim just once (2006-09)... Nearly 40 percent of their all-time meetings with the Ducks have gone past regulation play (14 of 36, 38.8%)... Carter Hart won his only start against the Ducks, while Ducks netminder John Gibson has not lost in regulation to the Flyers, going 4-0-1 with a 2.39 GAA & .930 sv pct... The Metropolitan is the only division in which the Ducks have a winning percentage against with a 4-3-0 record, while the Flyers have dropped five of seven games against the Pacific Division.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: Anaheim is the only team Sean Couturier averages over a point per-game in his career with 13 points (6g-7a) in 12 games - he also has a five-game point streak against the Ducks with six goals and eight points in that stretch... THAT: Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg comes into tonight with a four-game point streak (2g-2a) - he leads the Ducks in goals (12), including power-play goals (3) and shorthanded goals (2)... THE OTHER: Tonight will see a pair of brothers face off as 22-year-old Flyers rookie David Kase will meet 24-year-old brother Ondrej Kase for the first time... It's the second time this season a Flyer will face his brother (James & Trevor van Riemsdyk on Carolina).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (LW: #25 - James van Riemsdyk)
van Riemsdyk comes in with goals in two straight games and leads the Flyers in scoring in the month of December with six points (3g-3a) in six games - five of the six points have come at even strength... JVR has nine points in 12 career meetings, but Anaheim is the only team in which he has not scored a goal in his NHL career.
DUCKS (C: #67 - Rickard Rakell)
Rakell is coming off a three-point game in the Ducks' 4-3 shootout win over the Rangers and has not gone two straight games without a point in his last 19 games, posting 16 points since Nov. 16, which is tied for the team lead... Against the Flyers, he has five points (3g-2a) in eight games, including all three goals and four of the five points here at the Wells Fargo Center.