Philadelphia Flyers (28-25-7, 63pts) at Montreal Canadiens (32-21-7, 71pts)
at Bell Centre | Montreal, Quebec
TIME: 7:30 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series: 1-0-0
All-Time Record: 194gp (77-80-30-7)
PHI: 61-pts, Giroux (17g-44a)
MTL: 52-pts, Domi (20g-32a)
1. BOUNCE BACKERS
The Flyers enter tonight's game having won five straight games on the road with that streak first beginning with their win in Montreal on Jan. 19 - they have outscored their opponent, 17-9, in that stretch... The Flyers have also bounced back immediately after a loss as of late - after each of their last four losses, they have come back the next game and earned a win, scoring an average of five goals in those bounce-back wins... The Flyers have not dropped back-to-back games since Jan. 7-8, which was a part of their eight-game winless skid.
2. HAB OR HAB NOT
The Canadiens snapped a four-game winless skid with their 3-2 win vs. Columbus on Tuesday to go up by two points for the first wild card position in the East... The Habs last regulation loss on home ice came over a month ago - their 5-2 loss to the Flyers - and since then they have gone 5-0-2 at the Bell Centre... Montreal has also gotten on the board first in six of those last seven games at home and own an overall mark of 23-5-5 when scoring the first goal.
3. A MONTH LATER
This is the second of three meetings all that take place nearly one month apart... Last month (Jan. 19), the Flyers earned a 5-2 win over the Canadiens by posting the game's first three goals... The Flyers look to extend another streak tonight, they currently own a five-game winning streak against the Canadiens and with a win tonight they would match the second-longest win streak against Montreal in club history (7 - Feb. 25, 1995-Apr. 11, 1996)... The Flyers will host the Canadiens for the first time and final meeting of the season on Mar. 19.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (9gp, 2g-11a--13pts) and forward Jakub Voracek (26gp, 7g-20a--27pts) each average over a point per-game against the Canadiens in their career... THAT: Habs rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi has all 10 of his goals this season on home ice - he is also T-3rd among all NHL rookies in assists (19)... THE OTHER: The Flyers own a 14-4-3 record when scoring at least one goal on the power play, while Montreal owns a 13-5-5 record when they have scored on the man advantage.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier is on a four-game point streak in which he has posted four straight multi-point games with eight points (1g-7a)... He currently ranks T-39th in the NHL with 56 points, however since the New Year he is T-5th among all players in scoring with 28 points (10g-18a) in 22 games... He also has 10 points (2g-8a) in his last nine games against the Canadiens.
CANADIENS (C: #13 - Max Domi)
In his first season with the Habs and fourth in the NHL, he leads the Canadiens in both assists (32) and overall scoring with 52 points, which ties his career high, and he's already surpassed his career high in goals this year (20)... Domi had one of the two goals against the Flyers in the first meeting - it was his first goal against the Flyers - he now has six points (1g-5a) in seven career games against Philly.