Season Series: 2-1-0 (2015-16)
All-Time Record: 133 gp (62-50-21-0)
Leading Scorers: PHI: Giroux, 12pts (2g-10a) | DET: Vanek, Nyquist, 8pts (3g-5a)
Power Play: (PHI: 11-for-40, 27.5%, 3rd) (DET: 8-for-41, 19.5%, 16th)
Penalty Kill: (PHI: 25-of-33, 75.8%, 24th) (DET: 31-of-38, 81.6%, T-13th)
1. HOME SWEET HOME
The Flyers have won 11 straight games on home ice against the Red Wings … Their last loss in Philadelphia came on Jan. 25, 1997 in a game which Rod Brind'Amour scored the only Flyers goal and current GM Ron Hextall was in net… The Flyers have outscored the Wings, 20-7 in their last four meetings in Philadelphia, and overall have outscored Detroit, 48-20 during the 11-game streak… Of those 10 games, the Flyers have scored four goals or more eight times.
2. NOTHING SPECIAL
Last year's season series saw no luck on the power play and perfection on the penalty kill… Neither team scored on the man advantage with the Flyers going 0-for-15 and Red Wings going 0-for-10, with each team killing off each of the penalties… The last power-play goal scored by both teams came in the third period on Mar. 14, 2015 in a 7-2 Flyers win at the Wells Fargo Center (PHI: Matt Read, DET: Erik Cole)
3. JUST WINGIN IT
The Red Wings dropped their first two games of the season, then went on a six-game winning streak, before dropping their last two games, being outscored, 6-2, in the process… Four of their six wins have come when they have scored the first goal… Goaltender Jimmy Howard is 2-1-0 but has an impressive 0.86 GAA and .973 save percentage so far this season… The Red Wings penalty kill has allowed just one goal in their last five games, killing off 18 of 19 times shorthanded.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: The Flyers remain one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL this season, recording three straight games of four goals, and average 3.50 goals-per-game to rank tied for second in the NHL.
THAT: Red Wings leading scorer Thomas Vanek is out of tonight's game with a lower-body injury - he is tied for the team lead in goals (4) and points (8) and also has 31 points (14g-17a) in 37 games against the Flyers.
THE OTHER: The Flyers went 6-1-0 last year on NBC's Wednesday Night Rivalry, winning their first six games, and their only loss coming against the Detroit Red Wings.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (C: #28 - Claude Giroux)
Claude Giroux is looking to post a new career high point streak tonight - he is currently on a nine-game streak in which he has all 12 of his points (2g-10)… His 10 assists lead all NHL players, while his 12 points are tied for second in the entire NHL… Giroux's chances to continue his streak are good having averaged over a point per-game against the Red Wings in his career with 16 points (6g-10a) in 14 games.
RED WINGS (C: #72 - Andreas Athanasiou)
The second-year forward has two goals and an assist in eight games this season for the Red Wings… He appeared in 37 games for the Red Wings toward the end of last season and posted nine goal and 14 points… Two of those goals came in two games he appeared in against the Flyers, including a shorthanded tally.
TODAY AT 50
On November 2, 1975 the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Flyers show no mercy on the lowly Kansas City Scouts in a 10-0 whipping at the Spectrum that sees Philly outshoot KC by a 51-19 margin and hold an 8-0 lead by the end of the second period. Bobby Clarke, Orest Kindrachuk and Mel Bridgman all collect two goals and an assist apiece. Wayne Stephenson breezes to the shutout win in goal. The game is the most lopsided shutout win in Flyers franchise history.