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5 Things: Flyers vs. Oilers

Tonight marks the final road game of the Western Canada trip for the Flyers

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

Philadelphia Flyers (2-1-1, 5pts) at Edmonton Oilers (5-1-0, 10pts)
at Rogers Place | Edmonton, Alberta
TIME: 9:30 p.m. ET |  TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

 

GAME NOTES

 

QUICK STATS
Season Series (2018-19): 1-1-0
All-Time Record: 77gp (36-32-8-1)
Leading Scorer:
PHI: 7-pts, Travis Konecny (3g-4a)
EDM: 12-pts, Connor McDavid & Leon Draisaitl (4g-8a)

1. END OF THE ROAD

Tonight marks the final road game of the Western Canada trip for the Flyers, who despite the Global Series game being a home game, have traveled across nine different time zones, spent a full day in four different time zones and have spent parts of 17 of 21 days on the road since Sept. 27... Following tonight, they will play three of their next four games at the Wells Fargo Center.

 

2. OIL COUNTRY

The Oilers return home from an eight-day, four-game road trip, dropping the final game, 3-1 at Chicago, which was their first loss of the season after opening with five straight wins... Despite going 5-1-0, the Oilers have trailed in all six games so far this season and set an NHL record for winning five straight "come-from-behind games" to start a season... Despite averaging 3.7 goals per-game, the Oilers have had less than 30 shots in five of their first six games and average 26.2 shots per-game, which is the fewest in the NHL.

 

3. THAT SPECIAL FEELING

Both teams rank in the Top 10 in the NHL on the power play and Top 5 on the penalty kill... The Oilers have scored at least one power-play goal in each of their last five games, going 8-for-18 (44.4%), and rank second overall on the man advantage in the NHL at 40%... The Oilers lead the NHL on the penalty kill, operating at 95% efficiency by killing off 19 of 20 times shorthanded, while the Flyers lead the Eastern Conference on the PK at 90.9%, killing off 10 of 11... The Flyers went their first game without scoring on the power-play in the 3-1 loss at Calgary - they scored in each of their first three games... Despite not scoring on the PP in their last game, they still rank in the Top 10 (7th) in the NHL on the power play at 28.6%.

 

4. US, THEM, US vs. THEM

US: The Flyers have scored over 50 percent of their goals (6-of-11, 54%) and have outscored their opponent, 6 to 2, in third periods... THEM: James Neal leads the Oilers, and the entire NHL, in goal-scoring with eight goals in six games - he already eclipsed his goals from all of last season when he posted seven goals in 63 games... US vs. THEM: The Flyers have won three of the last four meetings against the Oilers, including four of the last six (4-2-0), but have dropped four of the last five meetings in Edmonton, going 1-3-1.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH

FLYERS (LW: #11 - Travis Konecny)

Konecny leads the Flyers in scoring with seven points in four games and has recorded a point in all four games to start the season, including an assist in all four games, which is a new career high assist streak... The line of Konecny(3g-4a)-Couturier(1g-1a)-Lindblom(2g-1a) has 12 total points through four games, which accounts for 44.4% of the team's total offense so far.

 

OILERS (C: #29 - Leon Draisaitl)

Draisaitl is tied for the team lead (and lead in the entire NHL) with McDavid at 12 points (4g-8a)... He has also recorded a point in all six games to start the season, recording multi-point games in four of the six... He leads the Oilers, as well as all NHL forwards, in average ice-time at over 25 minutes (25:08)... Against the Flyers, he has 10 points in seven games.

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