Philadelphia Flyers (25-17-6, 56pts)
Los Angeles Kings (18-26-5, 41pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 0-1-0
All-Time Record: 150gp (87-42-15-6)
PHI - Sean Couturier: 41-pts (13g-28a)
LAK - Anze Kopitar: 43-pts (17g-26a)
1. JUST ONE
The Flyers are playing their fifth home game in their last six overall, and fifth game in the last eight days... The Flyers dropped just their fourth game in regulation at home on Thursday vs. Montreal and still have not lost back-to-back games at home since mid-November (13, 16 & 23) with all three games lost in a shootout... They have also not lost two straight in regulation at home all season, and have rebounded with a win in the previous three games lost in regulation at home, recording an average of five goals in the process.
2. LA CONFIDENTIAL
The Kings are wrapping up a five-game, nine-day road trip, which is part of a stretch in which they play 12 of 15 games on the road from Jan. 9-Feb. 18... LA has dropped their last three games and six of their last seven, going 1-5-1... The Kings have been hot on the power-play as of late, going 8-for-19 (42.1%) in their last eight games, which leads all NHL teams since Dec. 31... Nearly 50 percent (45%) of the Kings goals in their last eight games have come on special teams (9 of 20) with eight PPG and 1 SHG.
3. WHEN LAST WE MET
Tonight wraps up the 10th season series for the Flyers, and seventh against a Western team... The Flyers dropped a 5-3 decision in the first meeting in LA on Dec. 31... They have also lost two straight to the Kings, as well as five of their last six, with a 1-3-2 record in that span... The Flyers haven't had much better luck at home either, dropping four straight meetings at the Wells Fargo Center, but earning points in three of them, going 0-1-3... Seven of the last eight meetings at home against the Kings have been decided by one goal, including five that have gone past regulation.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: The Flyers are 4-2-1 against Western Conference teams at home compared to 3-9-1 on the road against the West, while the Kings are 2-6-4 against the East on the road, compared to 4-4-0 at home against the East... THAT: The Kings are the only team in the NHL that have no wins when trailing after the first period, going 0-18-1... THE OTHER: Jeff Carter has goals in two straight games entering tonight, as well as three points (2g-1a) in that stretch... Tyler Pitlick has assists in two straight games and Connor Bunnaman has points (1g-1a) in two of his last three.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier has five points (1g-4a) in his last three games, but was held scoreless in his last game - he has not gone two games in-a-row without a point in over eight weeks (since Nov. 19-21)... Since Nov. 23, Couturier has 26 points (7g-26a) in 26 games and his plus-minus of +16 is T-5th in the NHL.
KINGS (G: #32 - Jonathan Quick)
Quick has received a majority of the starts this year for LA (31 of 49)... He earned a victory over the Flyers on New Year's Eve, which was his 10th career win vs. Flyers, going 10-3-1 with a 1.70 goals-against average and .944 save percentage... Quick has also been nearly perfect in Philadelphia, going unbeaten in regulation by posting a 6-0-1 record with a 1.66 GAA and .953 save percentage in seven meetings at the Wells Fargo Center.