Philadelphia Flyers (8-6-2: 18pts) vs. Minnesota Wild (6-7-2: 14pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP+ | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
Presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series (2016-17): 2-0-0
All-Time Record: 21gp (14-5-1-1)
PHI: 21-PTS, Voracek (4g-17a)
MIN: 13-PTS, Zucker (8g-5a)
1. OLD FASHION HOME & HOME
The Flyers play their first home-and-home series of the season and it comes against a Western Conference team, playing the Wild tonight at the Wells Fargo Center and again three days later at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota… This is the first home-and-home series the Flyers play since the 2015-16 season and first time they play a home-and-home set against the West in over nine years with the last time coming on Oct. 18 & 22 against San Jose… This is one of only two home-and-home series the Flyers will play this year and both come this month (vs. NYI: Nov. 22 & 24), while the Wild play the first of three home-and-home series in their calendar year.
2. SIX PACK
The Flyers have swept the season series in each of the last two seasons against Minnesota and will be going for their sixth straight win over the Wild tonight, going 5-0-0, with their last loss coming nearly three years to the date (Nov. 20, 2014)… During that streak, all five games have been either tied, or one-goal games heading into the third period… Since the Wild came into the league in 2000-01, the Flyers have only two regulation losses at home and three in total against Minnesota, going 9-2-1… They own an overall mark of 14-5-2 against the Wild.
3. LATELY THE TEAMS HAVE…
Both teams come into winners of their last contest and both are looking to make it back-to-back wins for just the second time this season… Despite that, the Flyers have earned points in five of their last six games (3-1-2) and at 18 points sit two points behind the top spot in the Metropolitan Division… While the Flyers are ending a three-game homestand, the Wild are playing the last of a four-game road trip through the Eastern Conference… Minnesota has four of their six wins on the season against the East and are unbeaten in regulation against the Metro Division, going 2-0-2.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER:
THIS: The Flyers remain a perfect team when leading after the first period (4-0-0) and when leading after the second period (7-0-0) this season.
THAT: Wild goaltender, Devan Dubnyk, has started eight of the last nine games… Since being acquired by the Wild, Dubnyk leads NHL in games played (183), 2nd in wins (104) and shutouts (16) and is tied for 3rd in save percentage (.923) and GAA (2.21) among goalies who have played 100 games or more.
THE OTHER: The Flyers are tied for fifth in the NHL in most second-period goals (20), while the Wild are tied for second in the NHL for most third-period goals (23).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (LW: #28 - Claude Giroux | C: 14 - Sean Couturier | RW: #93 - Jakub Voracek)
You can't watch just one with the Flyers top line being so dominant early this season… The trio were responsible for all three goals and eight of the nine points tallied in their win vs. Chicago and have recorded six of the Flyers last nine goals over the last three games… They have combined for 60 points so far this season and all rank in the NHL's Top 11 in scoring with Voracek tied for fourth with 21 points and Couturier tied for 6th with 10 goals.
WILD (LW: #16 - Jason Zucker)
Jason Zucker has five goals in his last two games, but has also scored all of the Wild's goals in that span - marking the first time in franchise history a Wild player has scored five consecutive team goals… Within the five goals, Zucker has a shorthanded goal, power-play goal and a game-winning goal… Zucker has two goals in five career games against the Flyers.