Philadelphia Flyers (8-7-2: 18pts) at Minnesota Wild (7-7-2: 16pts)
at Xcel Energy Center | St. Paul, MN
TIME: 8:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP+ | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series: 0-1-0
All-Time Record: 22gp (14-6-1-1)
PHI: 21-PTS, Voracek (4g-17a)
MIN: 14-PTS, Zucker (9g-5a)
1. DIDN'T I JUST SEE YOU?
The Flyers take on the Wild for the second of their home-and-home series after dropping the first by a 1-0 decision on Saturday night in Philly… While the Flyers had their five-game winning overall winning streak end on Saturday, they will be looking extend a three-game streak in Minnesota… If the past is any indication, this one will also be close as five of the last seven overall meetings have been decided by one goal, including three of the last four… In each of the last six meetings between the two teams the score has been tied or a one-goal game enter the third period.
2. BOUNCE BACKERS
The Flyers look to rebound after their four shutout loss of the season - in their previous three, they have come back to win the very next game and have a combined 0.99 goals-against and a save percentage of .961… Not only will the Wild be looking for their third straight win, they'll be looking for their third straight shutout, a feat they accomplished just last season (Oct. 25-29)… Wild netminder Devan Dubnyk has stopped all 73 shots he has faced in his last two games and has a shutout streak of 136:20.
3. POWER KILL, PENALTY PLAY
The Wild have scored more goals shorthanded (4) than on the man advantage in their last 10 games… The Wild have allowed just one power-play goal in their last five games, while also shutting down their opponent's power play in eight of their last 10 contests, killing off 29 of their last 31 (93.5%)… On the flip side of that, Minnesota has not had much success on their own power play, scoring just twice on the man-advantage in the last 10 games, going 2-for-33 (6.0%).
4. GOALS & SHOTS
The Flyers have been shut out on four occasions this season, the most of any team, despite that they continue to rank in the NHL's Top 15 in most goals-scored per game (2.94 - T-13th), and well as most shots per-game at 32.5 (12th)… In addition, the Flyers are ranked fourth in the NHL in fewest goals allowed per-game this season (2.59) as well as fewest shots allowed on a per-game basis (29.8).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier returns to the place where he officially became a Flyer - selected 8th overall at the Xcel Energy Center in 2011… He continues to lead the team in goals (10) and third in points (19)… Couturier has appeared in 23 minutes of ice-time in four of his last six games, including over 24 minutes in the last meeting with Minnesota… In general, Couturier is averaging 20:45 per-game thus far, a full two minutes more of ice time per-game than in each of his last three seasons and a 1:40 more than his previous career high (19:05) in 2013-14.
WILD (LW: #16 - Jason Zucker)
It's Jason Zucker for the second straight game, mostly because no one else has scored for the Wild… Zucker has scored each of Minnesota's last six goals, five of which have come in the third period including the last four tallies… The current streak has come on 15 total shots on goal… He leads the Wild in goals this season (9) and all Wild forwards in plus-minus +6… Per the NHL, the longest such run in NHL history is seven consecutive team goals, set in 1921 (OTT: Cy Denneny) and again in 1991 (CHI: Brian Noonan).