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5 Things: Flyers vs. Golden Knights

Joel Farabee is expected to make his NHL debut as the Flyers face-off with Vegas

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / philadelphiaflyers.com

Philadelphia Flyers (2-3-1, 5pts)
vs.
Vegas Golden Knights (6-3-0, 12pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS
Season Series (2018-19): 1-1-0
All-Time Record: 4gp (2-2-0-0)
Leading Scorer:
PHI: 8-pts, Travis Konecny (3g-5a)
VGK: 12-pts, Mark Stone (6g-6a)

1. OPPOSITES ATTRACT

This is the fifth all-time meeting against the Golden Knights and thus far each team hasn't been able to win on home ice... The Flyers have dropped both games at the Wells Fargo Center, both by one-goal margins, but have won both games in Vegas by a combined score of 9-3... The Golden Knights come in winners of their last two games, and four of their last five, while the Flyers are looking to snap a four-game winless skid.

2. VEGAS BABY, VEGAS

Vegas leads all NHL teams for the most goals scored in the first period (14) and are tied for the NHL lead for the fewest goals allowed in the third period (4)... All six of the Golden Knights wins have come when they have scored the first goal... Vegas also enters tonight having scored on the power play in four straight games, going 6-for-13 (46.1%)... Vegas leads the NHL in shorthanded goals (4) and since entering the NHL in 2017-18, rank second among all NHL teams with 23 shorthanded goals (Calgary-25). 

3. SIN CITY, SIN BIN

The Golden Knights come into tonight's game the second-most penalized team, averaging 12.8 PIMs per-game... BUT Vegas also leads the NHL on the penalty kill, operating 94.3 percent by killing off 33 of 35 opportunities, which includes going perfect on the road, killing off all 14 attempts... The Flyers are the fourth-least penalized team in the NHL, averaging 6.2 PIMs per-game.

4. HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT

The Flyers lead all NHL teams in fewest shots allowed on per-game, averaging 26.0, while also ranking third overall in the league in shots for per-game, averaging 36.2... The Flyers have outshot their opponent, by a 91-38 margin in the last two games but have suffered losses, while Vegas has outshot their opponent 78-68, but won both games... James van Riemsdyk leads all NHL players in shots per-game, averaging 5.3, and is the only player in the NHL averaging over five shots per-game.

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH

FLYERS (RW: #49 - Joel Farabee)
Will make his NHL debut... Farabee went scoreless in five preseason games, but posted a point in each of his first four professional games with the Phantoms, recording three goals and four points with a +2 rating... Drafted 14th overall by the Flyers in 2018, Farabee turned pro after one season at Boston University where he led the team in goals (17), assists (19) and overall points (36) in 37 games played.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (RW: #61 - Mark Stone)
Stone enters tonight on a five-game point streak with four goals and six points, and has recorded at least a point in eight of his first nine games on the season... He leads the Golden Knights with 12 points so far... Against the Flyers, he has nine points (4g-5a) in 12 career games, including five points and a +4 rating in five games at the Wells Fargo Center - all as a member of the Ottawa Senators.
 

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