Philadelphia Flyers (10-11-7: 27pts) at Vancouver Canucks (14-10-4: 32pts)
at Rogers Arena | Vancouver, British Columbia
TIME: 10:00 p.m. EST | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series: 0-1-0
All-Time Record: 120gp (73-34-13)
PHI: 34-PTS, Voracek (7g-27a)
VAN: 25-PTS, Boeser (13g-12a)
1. FEELING SWEEPY
The Flyers complete their three-game road trip and look to sweep Western Canada by taking on the Canucks... The last time the Flyers swept the three Western Canadian teams came in the 2013-14 season (Dec. 28-31)... The Flyers will also complete the season series of their eighth Western Conference team in just their 29th game, 20 of which have come against the West, going 7-9-4... The Flyers have now earned points in five straight road games (2-0-3).
2. VICTORIES IN VANCOUVER
While the Flyers are ending a three-game road trip, the Canucks end a three-game homestand after winning the previous two... In fact, the Canucks are riding a three-game winning streak and have outscored the opposition, 10-4, in those three contests... Vancouver has a better road record (9-5-1) than they do on home ice (5-5-3)... The club is led by rookie Brock Boeser, who was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month with 11 goals and 16 points in 15 games... Boeser is one of only two rookies to lead his team in scoring thus far (ARI: Clayton Keller).
3. WHEN LAST WE MET
The Flyers will also be looking to avenge a 5-2 loss to Vancouver at home 17 days ago on Nov. 21... They got off to an early lead, but the Canucks tallied four straight over the first and second periods, while leading scorer, Brock Boeser had two goals... Jacob Markstrom picked up the win in the first meeting of the year, stopping 36 of 38 shots, however Anders Nilsson is undefeated in regulation against the Flyers in his career with a 3-0-1 record and 2.11 GAA and .931 save percentage... Both teams are among the NHL best in the second period with the Flyers recording 35 goals (T-3rd) and Vancouver with 32 goals (T-6th).
4. PK OR PP?
The Canucks have had a lot of success over the last three weeks on the power play... They have recorded at least a goal on the power play in eight of their last 11 games, posting 11 goals on 28 opportunities (39.3%)... Vancouver's PK at home hasn't allowed a goal since Nov. 6, a span of four games, going 8-for-8... The Flyers have been solid on the PK, both in taking and killing off penalties... The Flyers have gone perfect in the their last three games, allowing only two power plays to their opponent in that span, while also killing off nine straight shorthanded situations over their last four games.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (LW: #12 - Michael Raffl)
Raffl has been the hottest Flyer as of late... After going the first 21 games of the season without a single point, he has four goals and six points in his last seven games... He has goals in two straight and three points (2g-1a) so far on the Western Canada trip... Against the Canucks, Raffl has four points (2g-2a) in nine career games.
CANUCKS (C: #33 - Henrik Sedin)
Henrik has been on a tear lately, recording points in three straight games where he has five assists, and has also found the scoresheet in seven of his last eight games, recording 10 assists in that span... Over his 17-year career, all with the Canucks, he is two assists shy of 800 helpers... Against the Flyers, he has 22 assists and 25 points in 20 career games.