The Flyers play the third of their four-game home stand tonight, and third game in a span of five days… The Flyers have won four straight games at home dating back to Oct. 25 - during that time they have outscored their opponent 15-6, including 8-2 in the last two games… The Flyers have also earned points in six straight home games, going 4-0-2 with their only regulation loss coming in their home opener vs. NJ on Oct. 9… Colorado comes in as the reigning Central Division Champions, earning 52 wins and 112 points last season… They play the first of a four-game road trip and have dropped five straight on the road, going 0-2-3, and own an overall record of 1-3-3 on the road… The Flyers own the 2nd-best penalty-kill at home in the NHL at 95.2% and have killed off 20 of 21 penalties at home… The Avs have allowed only one power-play goal in their last eight games, killing 30-of-31 short-handed situations (96.8%) - they rank 2nd in the NHL in overall penalty kill at 91.5%.
This is the first of two meetings against the Avalanche this season with the only other meeting coming in Colorado on New Year’s Eve… Last season the Flyers split the season series with Colorado with each team winning on home ice and a combined seven goals scored in the season series… The Flyers have won three straight against the Avalanche on home ice, and recorded a point in the standings in five consecutive home games, going 3-0-2 in that span, which because of the schedule format, the Flyers have not lost to the Avs in regulation at home since Mar. 16, 2002… Since relocating to Colorado from Quebec in 1995, the Avs are 14-5-6 overall and 8-3-0 in their last 11 meetings with the Flyers.
Former Flyer Danny Briere returns to Philadelphia for just the third time since leaving the team and first since being traded to the Avalanche, while former Flyer Max Talbot returns to Philly for the second time since being traded to the Avalanche last season… Jakub Voracek will look extend his point streak to eight games after recording four goals and eight assists for 12 points in seven games, including a two-game goal-scoring streak… He currently is tied for the NHL lead in scoring with Sidney Crosby at 19 points (6g-13a)… Jarome Iginla ranks second among active NHL players in most goals (562) and third in points (1,176)… The Flyers have five of their six wins when leading after the first period - overall they are 5-0-1 when leading after 20 minutes… The Avalanche will have played 50 percent of their games so far against the Eastern Conference (8 of 16), going 3-2-2 in the seven previous games.
Should he get the start tonight, it will be the fourth straight game between the pipes for Steve Mason… Mason will be looking for his third win in-a-row after allowing just one goal in each of his last two games, a pair of 4-1 victories over Edmonton & Florida… Mason has a 1.33 goals-against average and .960 save percentage in his last three starts, stopping 97 of 101 shots in that stretch… In eight of his starts so far this season, he has faced 30 or more shots in five of those contests… This would also be his 15th game against Colorado in his career after making both starts last season, going 1-1 with a 1.52 GAA and .957 sv pct… Overall, he has a 5-7-2 mark and a 3.00 GAA and .903 save percentage against the Avalanche.
MacKinnon was the #1 overall selection in the NHL Draft by the Avalanche in 2013… He is also the reigning Calder Trophy winner as NHL rookie of the year when he put up 24 goals and 39 assists for 63 points in 82 games last season… So far this season he is tied for the team lead in scoring with 10 points (4g-6a) with all four goals and six of his 10 points coming in the last five games for the Avs… He has recorded points in four of his last five games and leads Colorado with 48 shots through 15 games… MacKinnon has one goal in two career games against the Flyers.