Season Series: 0-1-0
All-Time Record: 175 gp (93-56-22-4)
PHI: 42pts, Voracek (13g-29a)
TOR: 39pts, Marner (11g-28a), Matthews (23g-16a) & van Reimsdyk (17g-22a)
Power Play: (PHI: 37-for-171, 21.6%, 9th) (TOR: 34-for-143, 23.8%, 2nd)
Penalty Kill: (PHI: 121-of-150, 80.7%, T-17th) (TOR: 134-for-157, 85.3%, 4th)
1. YOU AND I COLLIDE
This is the final game for each team before heading into the All-Star break… Both teams come into tonight's game playing the second of a back-to-back series, both playing the first game on the road and both teams shut out their opponent in the those games - The Flyers won 2-0 at Rangers and Toronto won 4-0 at Detroit… Both teams are also looking to extend two-game winning streaks entering tonight.
2. PLAY IT AGAIN
This is the Maple Leafs' 11th set of back to back series - they are 7-2-1 in the first game, but are 3-6-1 in the second game… With last night's win, the Flyers own a 7-5-0 record in the first game and 7-3-2 mark in the second… This is the third time this season out of 13 sets of back-to-backs that the Flyers are playing the second game on home ice… The Flyers are 2-0-0 in the previous two games… Toronto also comes into tonight unbeaten in regulation in their last 11 road games, going 9-0-2, while the Flyers return home 9-2-1 in their last 12 games at the Wells Fargo Center.
3. KIDS THESE DAYS
Tonight's game features seven of the Top 12 rookies in the NHL… Toronto comes in with five of the Top 10 of rookie scoring (1. Mitch Marner & Auston Matthews, 5. William Nylander, T-10. Zach Hyman & Connor Brown), while the Flyers have two (T-8. Ivan Provorov, T-10. Travis Konecny)… Toronto also has the Top 2 rookies in scoring led by Marner and Matthews who also both lead the team with 39 points… Matthews leads all rookies with 23 goals, while Marner leads with 28 assists… Provorov ranks second among all rookie d-men in scoring (22 points) and third in average time on ice (21:23).
4. THE ONE & ONLY
Tonight is the second meeting of the year against Toronto, but first and only meeting of the year against the Leafs at home… The Flyers lost 6-3 at Toronto on Nov. 11, surrendering four goals in the third period, and have dropped four of their last five games against the Leafs… Claude Giroux averages a point per game against the Leafs with 26 points (9g-17a) in 26 games as does Shayne Gostisbehere with four points (2g-2a) in four career games… Frederick Andersen is a perfect 5-0-0 against the Flyers in his career, posting a 2.71 GAA.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (RW: #17 - Wayne Simmonds)
Simmonds plays his final game before heading out to LA for the 2017 NHL All-Star Game… He leads the team in goals (20) and ranks third in overall scoring with 37 points… He has now reached the 20-goal mark for the fourth consecutive year and fifth out of six seasons as a Flyer with the only exception being the 2012-13 lockout shortened season, where he posted 15 goals in 45 games.
MAPLE LEAFS (C: #16 - Mitch Marner)
The 19-year-old rookie is tied for both the Maple Leafs lead AND all NHL rookies in scoring with 39 points (11g-28a) in 46 games… Marner went scoreless in last night's game for Toronto, but since the New Year began he has not had two straight games without a point and has posted 13 points (3g-10a) in 11 games… In his first and only game against the Flyers, Marner had a goal and an assist.
TODAY AT 50
On January 26, 1995… Swedish Olympic standout Patrik Juhlin scores his first NHL goal, while Mark Recchi and Garry Galley each tally their first goals of the season. The Flyers, struggling out of the gates in the lockout-shortened season, earn a 3-2 home win over the Hartford Whalers. Rod Brind'Amour assists on the Recchi and Galley goals. Dominic Roussel stops 24 of 26 shots to earn the win.