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5 Things: Flyers vs. Flames

Carter Hart starts in net as the Flyers host the Flames for an afternoon tilt

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / philadelphiaflyers.com

Philadelphia Flyers (11-7-4, 26pts)
vs.
Calgary Flames (10-12-1, 21pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 1:00 p.m. |  TV: NBCSP |  RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION 

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS
Season Series: 0-1-0
All-Time Record (as CGY): 75gp (36-26-9-4)
Leading Scorer:
PHI - Travis Konecny: 23-pts (8g-15a)
CGY - Matthew Tkachuk: 20-pts (10g-10a)

1. TODAY'S MATINEE

The Flyers return home after their two-game road trip and will now play three of their next four, as well as six of their next eight, games at the Wells Fargo Center... The Flyers also kick off a five games in eight days stretch to end the month of November and play their first Western Conference opponent in nearly a month (Oct. 24 vs. CHI)... It's also their first afternoon game of the season today - last year, the Flyers went 8-9-2 in afternoon starts, including a 6-6-2 mark at home.

2. FLAME OUT

The Calgary Flames enter town playing the second of a four-game road trip and are in a stretch where they play six of seven on the road... They are also in the midst of a six-game winless skid, going 0-5-1 and losing their last five in regulation... During the skid, the Flames have been outscored 23-5, and have been shut out in three of their last four games... They have gone 1-for-17 on the power play (5.9%) and allowed five goals on 18 penalty kills (72.2%). 

3. STATS & STORYLINES

For the Flyers, forward Scott Laughton returns to the lineup after missing 13 games due to an injured index finger... Carter Hart will get the start in net, he has won four of his six home games, going 4-1-1 with a 1.65 GAA and .939 save percentage... Morgan Frost is looking to become the first Flyer in franchise history to score a goal in his first three NHL games... David Rittich has a perfect record against the Flyers (3-0-0, 1.71 GAA and .934 save percentage)... Flames recently recalled former Flyer, Zac Rinaldo, who is expected in the lineup today... Sean Monahan has six goals and nine points in his last five games against the Flyers.

4. CLOSE IT OUT

This is the second and final meeting between the two teams to close out the season series... The Flyers dropped the first game, 3-1 at Calgary on Oct. 15, and haven't had much success against the Flames recently - they have dropped three straight to Calgary and five of their last six meetings against the Flames, but have earned points in seven straight meetings at the Wells Fargo Center against Calgary, going 3-0-4... The Flyers are 3-3-1 against the West, with three of the four losses coming against the Pacific Division, while the Flames are 5-3-0 against the East with all three of those losses coming against the Metro Division.

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH

FLYERS (D: #9 - Ivan Provorov)

Provorov leads the Flyers in points on home ice so far this season with 12 points (4g-8a) in 10 home games to go along with a +7 rating, which is tied for the team lead (Giroux)... His 12 points at home are T-3rd among all NHL d-men in home scoring... Provorov has points in each of his last three games, and eight of the 10 games at home this season.  

FLAMES (LW: #13 - Johnny Gaudreau)

The South Jersey native returns to the team he grew up watching and he's had plenty of success against them - averaging over a point per-game with 13 points (4g-9a) in 10 meetings and a +6 rating, including six points (2g-4a) in four games played at the Wells Fargo Center... He was held scoreless in the first meeting with the Flyers in Calgary on Oct. 15.

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