Philadelphia Flyers (24-23-6, 54pts) vs. Los Angeles Kings (22-27-4, 48pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series: 1-0-0
All-Time Record: 148gp (87-41-15-5)
PHI: 56-pts, Giroux (16g-40a)
LAK: 40-pts, Kopitar (16g-24a)
1. THE OBVIOUS
The Flyers enter tonight's game looking for nine consecutive victories, which would be the longest since their 10-game streak in 2016-17 and it would be just the seventh time in franchise history that the Flyers have recorded at least nine straight wins, including just the second time they have done so in the last 24 years... In addition to the overall streak, the Flyers will be going for their seventh straight win at home... Each of the last four games have been decided by one goal, including five of the eight overall wins... During the six-game home streak, four have been decided by one goal.
2. SHUTTING IT DOWN
During the eight-game winning streak the Flyers have outscored their opponent 30 to 17 ... In the third period, the Flyers have outscored their opponent by a 10-5 margin but in the process they have been outshot in the third period by a 97 to 67 margin... The Flyers have allowed just one goal in the third period in the last five games during the streak with the tandem of Stolarz & Hart stopping 56 of 57 shots in the process.
3. KING'S RANSOM
The Kings are on a bit of a streak as well, earning two straight wins and points in six of their last eight games to post a 5-2-1 record... The Kings sit in last place in the Western Conference, but are just six points out of the wild card race... LA has scored four of more goals in three of their last four including nine goals in their last two games... The Kings are a little road weary these days - they are in the midst of an 11-day, six-game road trip that is part of a bigger nine of 10 games on the road wrapped around their bye/All-Star break... At the conclusion of this trip they will have played 18 of their last 26 away from LA since Dec. 10.
4. US, THEM, US vs. THEM
US: The Flyers were in last place in the NHL standings on Jan. 9 with a 15-22-6 record and 36 points, which was 15 points behind the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference... With a win tonight, combined with a Blue Jackets regulation loss, the Flyers will be five points behind the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference... THEM: The Kings rank 30th in the NHL in both goals scored (124) and goals per-game (2.34), while also ranking 29th in the league for average shots per-game (28.4)... US vs. THEM: It's the second and final meeting of the season with the Flyers earning a 5-2 win in the first game... The Flyers haven't had much luck against the Kings on home ice, losing three straight as well as six of their last seven at the Wells Fargo Center with six of the seven meetings also decided by just one goal.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier is riding a four-game point streak (2g-3a) and has recorded at least a point in 10 of his last 11 games... He also leads the Flyers in the New Year, recording 16 points (7g-9a) in 15 games to go along with a plus-8 rating... He leads the Flyers in both goals (21) and even-strength goals (14) and, since the 2014-15 season, Couturier leads the Flyers for the most even-strength goals scored (74).
KINGS (C: #11 - Anze Kopitar)
Kopitar leads the Kings in scoring in both goals (16) and overall points (40)... After getting off to a slow start to the season, recording just six points in 16 games, he has posted 34 points in the last 35 games... He is also on a five-game point streak, posting nine points (3g-6a)... Kopitar ranks fourth among all forwards in the NHL in ice time per-game, averaging 22:35, and since the 2015-16 season, Kopitar leads all forwards in average TOI (21:28).