Philadelphia Flyers (27-19-9: 63pts) at Vegas Golden Knights (36-14-4: 76pts)
at T-Mobile Arena | Las Vegas, NV
TIME: 8:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series: 0-0-0
All-Time Record: 0-0-0
PHI: 64-pts, Voracek (11g-53a)
VGK: 54-pts, Marchessault (20g-34a)
1. VEGAS BABY, VEGAS
The Flyers come in for their very first trip to Vegas and first meeting with the expansion team in club history... The club lost forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to the Golden Knights expansion draft in June... The Flyers will be facing an expansion team for the first time since they first played the Columbus Blue Jackets on Nov. 29, 2000 (a span of 6,283 days - 17 years, 2 months & 13 days)... The Flyers won that game, 4-3, with Mark Recchi scoring two goals, including the game-winner, and goaltender Brian Boucher stopped 23 of 26 shots.
2. WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS...
The Golden Knights are smashing expansion team records in hockey... They own the best record in the Western Conference and second-best in the entire NHL in both wins (36) and overall points (76)... With their 34th win on Feb. 1, they established an NHL record for most wins by a team in its inaugural season... In addition, Vegas is coming off a six-game road trip with tonight being their first home game... The Golden Knights home record is among the best in the NHL, suffering only three losses in regulation at 19-3-2... Of their five total losses at home, only two have come by more than one goal.
3. FLYING UNDER THE RADAR
Tonight the Flyers look for their fourth straight victory after a dramatic 4-3 shootout win last night at Arizona... This is the second of games on back-to-back nights for the Flyers, who have been very successful this year playing the second game... They own an overall mark of 5-3-2 and despite dropping their last "second" game (Feb. 1, 4-3 at NJD), they have earned points points in five of their last six second games, going 4-1-1... The Flyers also come into tonight with back-to-back games where they have scored twice on the man advantage (4-for-8, 50%) in their last two outings... Jakub Voracek enters tonight with a season-high, eight-game point streak in which he has 11 points (3g-8a).
The Golden Knights power play has been a key reason for their recent success - they have recorded a goal on the man advantage in nine straight games, tied for the most of any team this season (San Jose & Tampa Bay), and have gone nearly 50 percent efficiency in that stretch (12-for-25, 48%)... Vegas is first in the Western Conference and third in the NHL in goals scored (186) and goals per-game (3.41)... They own a 22-2-0 record when scoring the first goal of the game... While ranking second in the NHL, the Golden Knights do not have a single player in the Top 15 in points - Jonathan Marchessault is T-17th with 54 points and has three straight multi-point games with two goals and four assists in that stretch... Forward James Neal has posted 23 goals this season, which marks the 10th consecutive season in which he has scored at least 20 goals in a season.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (D: #53 - Shayne Gostisbehere)
Although he doesn't have the longest scoring streak on the Flyers right now, Gostisbehere does have a pretty impressive streak going... He has recorded points in five straight games, posting a goal and seven assists for eight points in that span, while recording back-to-back multi-point games with five assists in his last two... His 42 points and 10 goals are both tied for fourth among NHL defensemen, while his 23 power-play points lead all NHL blueliners.
GOLDEN KNIGHTS (C: #71 - William Karlsson)
In his fourth year in the NHL, Karlsson comes from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the expansion draft and is centering the top line with Marchessault and Reilly Smith... He is tied for third in the NHL's goal-scoring race with 29 goals in 54 games, which more than triples his previous career high in goals (9 - set in 2015-16)... He has goals in two straight games, points in three straight, while also leading all NHL players in plus-minus with a plus-30 rating this season.