Philadelphia Flyers (2-1-0: 4pts) at Nashville Predators (0-2-0: 0pts)
at Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, TN
TIME: 8:00 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: 24gp (12-4-3-5)
PHI: 4pts, Simmonds (4g), Voracek (4a)
NSH: 2pts, Arvidsson (1g-1a), Johansen (2a)
1. END OF THE ROAD
The Flyers end their four-game, season opening road trip after going 2-1-0 in the previous three on a California swing… This is just the second time in franchise history that the club has opened the season on a four-game road trip (1971-72: 2-2-0)… With a win tonight, the Flyers will open the season with three wins in the first four games for the first time in five seasons, when they went 3-0-1 to open the 2011-12 season…. Following the game, the Flyers will open up a five-game homestand... Following the game, the Flyers will open up a five-game homestand, which ties the the Flyers record for the longest homestand to open the regular season (1967-68 & 2010-11).
2. BANNER NIGHT
the Predators will raise their first ever Western Conference Championship banner tonight after their run to the Stanley Cup Final last season… The Preds went 9-2 on home ice during that playoff run and were one of four NHL teams who lost fewer than 10 games in regulation at home, going 24-9-8… The Predators return home after opening the season with two games on the road… They are 10-6-1-1 all-time in home openers, including a winning streak of four straight, while also winning eight of their last 10 home openers.
3. WHO'S ON THIRD
Early on, the Flyers are one of the more dominant teams in the third period in the shot category… The Flyers have recorded 15 shots or more in each of their first three games and have now outshot their opponent 49 to 20 in third periods… The Predators come in with only 20 shots on goal in the third period through their first two games, however have two of the three goals that they've scored on the season in the final frame.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: The Flyers have gone perfect on the penalty kill in the last two games, killing off seven straight in that stretch.
THAT: Pekka Rinne is 4-2-2 in eight career games against the Flyers with a 2.65 GAA and .914 save percentage, while Michal Neuvirth is 3-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA and .955 save percentage in his career against the Preds.
THE OTHER: The Flyers have earned at least a point agains the Predators in their last five meetings, going 4-0-1, and have just one regulation loss to the Predators in their last nine match ups, posting a 6-1-2 record.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (D: #53 - Shayne Gostisbehere)
Gostisbehere leads the Flyers defense early this season with three points, all of which are assists and all on the power play… He ranks second on the team in average ice-time at 21:23, but leads the team in TOI on the power-play with an average of 4:29 on the man advantage… Gostisbehere also loves playing against the Predators - he has three points (1g-2a) in four career games, including an overtime game-winning goal from his rookie season.
PREDATORS (C: #92 - Ryan Johansen)
The Preds star inked an eight year, $64 million contract in the off-season after posting 61 points (14g-47a) in 82 games in his first full season with Nashville… His 47 assists led the team, while 61 points tied for the team lead… He has two assists in the Preds first two games of the year… He also plays well against the Flyers, recording 11 points (4g-7a) in 14 games and set a single-game career high in points with four assists at Philadelphia on Nov. 14, 2014.