Philadelphia Flyers (13-7-5, 31pts)
Detroit Red Wings (7-17-3, 17pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 4:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series (2018-19): 3-0-0
All-Time Record: 142gp (69-50-21-2)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 24-pts (8g-16a)
DET - Anthony Mantha: 23-pts (12g-11a)
1. GOBBLE GOBBLE
The Flyers play host to their annual Black Friday game at the Wells Fargo Center for the 14th straight season, and 35th time overall... They earned a 4-0 win last season against the Rangers, which gives them a 23-6-5 (.750) all-time mark on Black Friday, including a 16-6-4 record at home... Eight of the last 12 Black Friday games being decided by one goal with five of the nine going past regulation play... With Carter Hart starting, it will mark the fifth different starter in the last five Black Friday game.
2. SWEET 16
The Flyers currently own a 16-game point streak against the Red Wings on home ice, going 15-0-1 in their last 16 regular season meetings, with their last regulation loss coming on Jan. 25, 1997 in a game where Detroit's current GM, Steve Yzerman, played and had two points (1g-1a)... In addition, the Flyers have earned points in nine straight overall meetings against Detroit, going 7-0-2, including three straight wins entering tonight.
3. OPPOSITES ATTRACT
The Flyers and Red Wings enter today's game going in opposite directions... The Flyers have won two straight, have points in four straight (3-0-1) and have the most points in the Eastern Conference in November, which is also second-best in the entire NHL at 8-2-4 for 20 points... Detroit is winless in its last seven games, including five straight regulation losses, going 0-5-2, and they have been shut out in each of their last two games, going scoreless in their last 156:28 of play... The Red Wings have also dropped 11 of their last 12 road games.
4. US, THEM, US & THEM:
US: The Flyers lead all teams in the Eastern Conference on the penalty kill at 85.9%, which also ranks third overall in the NHL - they have not allowed a goal on the PK in their last three games and allowed just three PPG in their last 33 times shorthanded... THEM: The Red Wings rank last in the NHL in both goals-for (recording 2.19 per-game), while also ranking last for the most goals-allowed in the NHL (allowing 3.81 per-game)... US & THEM: Seven of the last 12 meetings have been decided past regulation... Since the 2015-16 season, these two teams rank #1 (Flyers: 102) and #2 (Detroit: 98) in games decided past regulation.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier is T-2nd on the team with 18 points (7g-11a) and has five points in his last three home games (2g-3a)... Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Couturier leads the Flyers in goals (85), game-winning-goals (14), time-on-ice among forwards (20:43) and plus-minus (+49)... He has 16 points (6g-10a) in 19 career games against Detroit.
RED WINGS (C: #14 - Robby Fabbri)
Fabbri joined Detroit on Nov. 8 after a trade with the St. Louis Blues and has benefitted ever since... He posted eight points (3g-5a) in his first seven games as a Red Wing, but has gone scoreless in his last three games... Fabbri has also had a lot of success against the Flyers, recording five goals and six points in four career games.