Tonight is Anaheim’s fourth consecutive visit to Philadelphia that has taken place in the month of October, coming here in Oct. 2009, 2011 and 2013… The Ducks have earned at least a point in the standings against the Flyers in their last seven meetings, going 5-0-2, with their last loss in regulation to the Flyers coming on Feb. 2, 2008, which was also the date of the Flyers last victory on home ice against the Ducks, going 0-2-1 since the 2009-10 season… The Flyers own an overall mark of 4-4-3-1 on home ice against the Ducks… The Flyers went 15-10-3 against teams from the Western Conference and 8-6-0 against the Pacific Division, while the Ducks went 19-8-5 against the East and 10-3-3 against the Metropolitan Division.
The Flyers are looking for their first win of the season after dropping a 4-3 shootout loss to Montreal on Saturday… They are trying to avoid going without a win over a season’s first four games for the fourth time in team history and first since 2008-09 (0-3-1)… The Ducks come into tonight winners of two straight games after dropping their season-opening game… They are also playing the second of games on back-to-back days after earning a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday… This is also the fourth and final game of a season-opening four-game, six-day road trip for Anaheim… Following tonight’s game the Flyers play five of their next seven games on the road in a 14-day span.
The Flyers have not allowed a power-play goal on home ice through the first two games, going a perfect 6-for-6 on the PK so far… The Flyers currently rank tied for 2nd in the NHL for the least amount of penalty minutes per game at 8.3 (Ottawa leads, 8.0)… Anaheim is tied for the NHL lead in goals scored (12 - with Tampa Bay), averaging four goals per game through their first three contests… The Flyers have scored four of their eight goals in the second period and have allowed seven of their opponent’s 11 goals in the third period… Ducks’ Ryan Kesler and Flyers’ RJ Umberger played one season together at Ohio State University (2002-03)… Blair Jones has four points (2g-2a) in six games against the Ducks.
Two straight multi-goal games and it will be hard to ignore Simmonds on the ice… He leads the team in goals (4) and points (5) so far this season… All five of his points have come in the last two games… He averages 17:43 of ice-time per-game, over four minutes of which come on the team’s power-play (4:08)… His ice-time has also increase through the first three games this year… Simmonds had two assists in two games against the Ducks last year and has a total of five goals and nine points in 21 career games against Anaheim.
The Ducks prized acquisition in the summer has not disappointed so far… He has five points (2g-3a) in Anaheim’s first three games to go along with a plus-2 rating… Three of his five points on the season have come on the team’s power play… Kesler is now two points shy of 400 career points in the NHL sitting at 398 points (184g-214a) with 658 games played… Against the Flyers, Kesler has had just as much success, posting five goals and six points in seven career games, including two goals in two games last season with the Canucks.