Philadelphia Flyers (1-0-0: 2pts) at Los Angeles Kings (preseason: 5-1-1)
Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA
TIME: 10:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series (2016-17): 1-0-1
All-Time Record: 145gp (86-39-15-5)
PHI: 3pts, Simmonds (3g), Voracek (3a), Gostisbehere (3a)
LAK (preseason): 8pts, Muzzin (3g-5a)
1. AT IT AGAIN
The Flyers face off against the LA Kings in the second of a back-to-back, which is also back-to-back home openers for the club… Last year the Flyers went 9-6-3 in second games… Tonight is one of 15 sets of back-to-backs - Of the 15 second games of back-to-backs, 12 will be played on the road and 14 are against opponents who DO NOT play the night before.
2. MORE POWER TO YA
The Flyers look to repeat their success on the power play after going 3-for-5 in last night's win with Wayne Simmonds scoring two of the goals and Shayne Gostisbehere recording all three power-play assists… Dating back to the preseason, the Flyers have scored a power-play goal in three straight games.
3. LA LA LAND
The Kings come into this season having missed the playoffs in two of the last three years and have had an overhaul behind the bench with former Flyers head coach John Stevens taking over the reigns after seven seasons as an assistant coach… Another former Flyer is in the lineup after a successful preseason, Jeff Carter posted four points (2g-2a) in four games to go along with a +5 rating… Rookies Oscar Fantenberg, Alex Iafallo and Kurtis MacDermid could make their possible NHL debut after being named to the opening night roster.
4. FLYERS WEST
The teams split last year's season series with the Flyers spoiling the Kings home opener, but then the Kings earned an overtime win in Philadelphia, causing the Flyers to go 1-0-1… Last year, the Flyers scored all four of their goals in the second period. Last year, a pair of rookies got their first points in the NHL with Travis Konecny (2a) and Ivan Provorov (1a), while Nolan Patrick, Travis Sanheim, Samuel Morin and Robert Hagg are all looking for their first point in the NHL… Jonathan Quick was not in the lineup for either game against the Flyers last year… He has an all-time mark of 6-3-1 and a GAA of 1.79 and save percentage of.938… The Flyers have an equally impressive home and road record against the Kings… They have each won 43 games and have winning percentages over .940
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (LW: #17 - Wayne Simmonds)
After a three-goal performance in game #1 who else did you expect? Simmonds scored all three of his goals on three shots on net in the Flyers' win over San Jose… He has also had a good amount of success in the Staples Center - he was named MVP of the 2017 NHL All-Star Game for scoring three goals in two games, including a goal in the final game… He was originally drafted by the Kings in 2007 (2nd Round - 61st overall), but was acquired by the Flyers via trade in 2011… Since joining the Flyers he ranks second among all NHL players (only to Ovechkin) in most goals scored (77).
KINGS (D: #6 - Jake Muzzin)
Muzzin had one of the best preseasons of any defensemen by posting eight points (3g-5a) in five games, which led all blueliners and tied for third among all preseason players… His 20 shots on goal also ranked third in the NHL preseason… His current ironman streak is at 240 games dating back to Oct. 23, 2014.. Drafted in 2007 in the fifth round (141st overall), he has just two points (2a) in eight games against the Flyers.