Philadelphia Flyers (4-2-0: 8pts) vs. Nashville Predators (3-2-1: 7pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 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: 25gp (12-5-3-5)
PHI: 10-PTS, Gostisbehere (1g-9a), Voracek (10a)
NSH: 9-PTS, Forsberg (5g-4a)
1. HELLO AGAIN
With their seventh game of the season, the Flyers close out the season series against the Predators after suffering a heartbreaking loss in the final minutes of their first meeting eight days ago… The Predators scored three unanswered, including two power-play goals in the final 1:17 of the third period to walk away with a 6-5 win in regulation… The game saw consecutive goals scored in bunches as Nashville opened the game with three straight tallies, followed by five consecutive goals from the Flyers, then ending with the Preds scoring three unanswered - all in the third period… The Flyers have never been swept in a season series that was two games or more by Nashville in team history.
2. GET TO THE POINT
The Flyers are the only NHL team that has five players who are currently averaging over a point-per-game pace in all of their team games so far this season: (Gostisbehere-10 | Voracek-10 | Giroux-9 | Couturier-7 | Simmonds-7)… The Flyers currently have four players who are riding at least a three-game point streak into tonight with Voracek and Giroux riding a four-game streak… Valtteri Filppula has a three-game goal scoring streak, a goal tonight would be a new career-high, four-game streak for him… Filip Forsberg is on a four-game point streak for Nashville, recording multi-points in three of those four contests… Four of his five goals, and six of his nine points, have come on the power play.
3. ON THE ATTACK
The Flyers have won two in-a-row to start their five-game homestand and have outscored the opposition, 13-3, in the process… Dating back to last season, the Flyers have not lost in regulation on home ice in their last nine games (8-0-1)… The Flyers have tallied five goals or more in three straight games and four of their six games this season are now ranked second in the NHL in overall goals per-game, averaging 4.33… The Preds have won three of their last four and secured a point in all four contests (3-0-1), however they have dropped all three of their road games this season, going 0-2-1… They have averaged just 1.33 goals per-game on the road, compared to 4.66 goals per-game at home early this season.
4. POWER PLAYERS
Tonight pits two of the Top 7 power plays in the NHL through the first two weeks… The Flyers are seventh, operating at 26.9 percent, and have recorded at least one goal on the man advantage in the last three games, going 4-for-11 in that stretch… The Predators are fifth in the NHL at 28.6 percent and have recorded a PPG in each of their last four games and five out of six games so far this season.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (D: #53 - Shayne Gostisbehere)
The man they call Ghost is riding a hot streak, recording three straight multi-point games which now leads all NHL d-men in scoring with 10 points (1g-9a)… He is also tied for the Flyers lead in overall scoring and is second on the team in average time-on-ice at 21:20 per-game… Against the Predators, Gostisbehere has five points (1g-4a) in five games with four of the five points coming on the power play.
PREDATORS (D: #76 - PK Subban)
Subban has seven points (1g-6a) through the Predators first six games to lead the defense and rank second overall on the team… You'll also be seeing a lot of Subban since he is third among all players in the NHL in time-on-ice per-game, averaging 26:29… Against the Flyers, he recorded three assists in the first meeting and has 18 points (2g-16a) in 24 games, however most of those points have come while he has played on home ice - Subban has only three assists in 11 games played against the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.