Philadelphia Flyers (15-7-5, 35pts)
Toronto Maple Leafs (13-11-4, 30pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 1-0-1
All-Time Record: 185gp (99-59-22-5)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 25-pts (9g-16a)
TOR - Auston Matthews: 31-pts (16g-15a)
1. STREAK (x3)
The Flyers come into tonight on a four-game winning streak, as well as recording points in six straight (5-0-1)... During that six-game stretch, the Flyers have outscored their opponent, 22-13, with four of the six games decided by one goal... In addition to that, the Flyers have a 10-game point streak on home ice - they have not lost in regulation at home in over six weeks (since Oct. 19 vs. Dallas), going 6-0-4 with all four losses coming in the form of a shootout... The Flyers have have also outscored their opponent, 37-20, in that stretch... Overall, they own an 8-1-4 record at home and are one of three teams in the entire NHL to have one or fewer losses in regulation at home (BOS: 0, MIN: 1).
2. TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF
Despite two previous meetings recently, these aren't the same Maple Leafs the Flyers will be facing... Toronto has since made a coaching change, naming 39-year-old Sheldon Keefe the new bench boss after five seasons with their AHL club, the Toronto Marlies... He posted a 199-89-22-9 record, twice had the best regular season record in the AHL and won the Calder Cup Title in 2018... Since taking over the Maple Leafs, they snapped a six-game losing skid (0-5-1) in his first game and now own a 4-1-0 record in his first five, averaging four goals per-game, while allowing just 2.2 goals per-game.
3. SO LONG LEAFS
The Flyers will look for their 100th all-time victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight... It's also their third and final game of the season series with the two teams splitting victories, both by a shootout... In fact, the last three meetings between the two teams have been decided by a shootout... 10 different players have scored goals between the two teams with no player scoring more than one goal in the season series... The Flyers have scored three of their five goals on the power-play, while the Maple Leafs have scored all five of their goals at even strength... The Flyers have a 5-2-1 record in their last eight against Toronto and five of the last six meetings have been decided by one goal with four past regulation.
4. NON-DIVISION DECEMBER
The Flyers enter the month of December with 13 games in 31 days with seven on the road vs. six at home... Eight of the 13 are against Western Conference opponents and just one of the 13 against a Metropolitan Division opponent (Dec. 23 vs. NYR)... The Maple Leafs also have 13 games in December, eight of which are on the road, six against the West, five against the Metro and just two against their own Atlantic Division... The Maple Leafs have their worst winning percentage against the Metro (2-3-3, .438).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier has points in two straight, and four of his last five games (2g-4a) to go along with a +7 rating... He led all Flyers in scoring in November with 15 points (6g-9a) and a +11 rating, which T-4th in the entire NHL...He has seven of his eight goals on home ice and is currently riding a four-game point streak at the Wells Fargo Center with six points (3g-3a).
MAPLE LEAFS (C: #91 - John Tavares)
Since the coaching change, Tavares leads the team with four goals and six points, all of which have come in the last three games, recording two points in each of his last three... Tavares has 35 points (18g-17a) in 42 career games against the Flyers, but in four games as a Maple Leaf, he only has one point (1g) and was held scoreless in his only meeting this season.