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5 Things: Flyers vs. Flames

Flyers continue their Western Canada swing

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

Philadelphia Flyers (2-0-1, 5pts) at Calgary Flames (2-3-1, 5pts)
at Scotiabank Saddledome | Calgary, Alberta
TIME: 9:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

 

QUICK STATS
Season Series (2018-19): 0-0-2
All-Time Record (as CGY): 74gp (36-25-9-4)
Leading Scorer:
PHI: 6-pts, Travis Konecny (3g-3a)
CGY: 7-pts, Johnny Gaudreau (3g-4a)

1. THE TWILIGHT ZONE

The Flyers traveled once again to a different timezone, marking the fourth different time zone they have spent a full day in the last 11 days while only playing three regular season games thus far... The Flyers are one of just three teams who are unbeaten in regulation this year (Colorado & Buffalo)... The Flames return home after playing the last three games on the road, going 1-2-0, and have dropped three of their last four games.... They have played four of their first six games away from Calgary.

 

2. GOAL SETTING

Tonight is the first game against an Eastern Conference team for the Flames, who had the best record of any Western Conference team all of last season against the East at 21-7-4... It's the third game against a Western Conference team for the Flyers, who play the West in seven of their first eight games... The Flyers have scored nine of their 10 goals in the second and third periods, while Calgary has 12 of 14 goals in the final two frames... The Flyers have also scored on the power play in each of the first three games, which hasn't happened since the start of the 2007-08 season when they scored on the PP in each of the first four games.

 

3. NAME THAT LINE

The line of Konecny(3g-3a)-Couturier(1g)-Lindblom(2g-1a) has accounted for 60 percent of the team's scoring - six of the 10 goals - as well as 10 total points through three games... The Flames top line of Gaudreau(3g-4a)-Monihan(2g-2a)-Lindholm(3g-1a) has accounted for 57 percent of the team's goal-scoring (8-of-14) AND 80 percent of goals from the forwards (8-of-10)... They have a combined for 15 points through six games.

 

4. LET'S NOT TALK ABOUT THAT

The Flyers dropped both games to the Flames last season, both of which came in overtime and both involved the Flames scoring late in the third period to force overtime... Their last visit to Calgary saw the Flames erase a two-goal deficit in the final 1:08 of regulation with the goaltender pulled to force overtime - then won, 6-5, in the extra session... Five of the last 10 meetings between the two teams have been decided in overtime.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH

FLYERS (G: #37 - Brian Elliott)

Elliott will make his first start of the season and it will come against his former team... He spent one season with the Flames in 2016-17 before signing with the Flyers... When facing the Flames, he has a 9-3-1 record with a 1.96 GAA and .925 save percentage, but is unbeaten in regulation in his last 10 appearances against the Flames, going 8-0-1 with his last loss coming nearly eight years ago - Oct. 28, 2011 as a member of the Blues. 

 

FLAMES (LW: #13 - Johnny Gaudreau)

It had to be Johnny Hockey... the South Jersey native just skated in his 400th game in the NHL and has averaged nearly a point per-game with 394 points... He is coming off a career-year in both goals (36), assists (63) and overall points (99) last season and he leads the Flames with seven points (3g-4a) so far this season... He is also a Flyer-killer, averaging over a point per-game against the Flyers with 13 points (4g-9a) in nine games, including seven points in his last four games.

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