The Flyers kick off their post-holiday road trip which will feature three games in a seven-day span all in the state of California… Last season, the Flyers went 1-1-1 in the Golden State… Overall, the Flyers have 2-1-5 record against California teams in the last eight meetings over the past two seasons - Six of the last eight meetings against a California team have gone past regulation play and all eight meetings in the last two seasons have been decided by one goal… The Flyers have dropped two straight road games, but have earned at least a point in five of their last six road contests this season, going 4-1-1.
The Flyers have dropped four straight meetings against the Ducks as well as seven of their last eight contests… Six of those eight games have been decided by one goal and four have gone past regulation play, including their last two meetings… Anaheim has not lost to Philadelphia in regulation since the 2007-08 season, going 7-0-2 in that span… The Flyers are tied for the NHL lead in games going past regulation play (with Detroit) at 14 through 34 games (41 percent), while the Ducks have had seven games go past regulation this season… Five of the seven games past regulation for the Ducks have come at home, while six of the 14 games past regulation for the Flyers have come on the road.
The Flyers come into tonight with a 9-3-2 record in their last 14 games… In that span, Claude Giroux leads the team in points (15), Wayne Simmonds leads in goals (6), Jakub Voracek leads in assists (12) and rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere leads the defense with 12 points… Since his recall on Nov. 14, Gostisbehere is tied for 10th among all NHL defensemen in scoring with 14 points (6g-8a), which also ranks second among all NHL rookies… The Ducks are winless in four of their last five games, going 1-3-1, but have earned a point in five of their last seven games at home going 4-2-1… Overall, the Ducks have eight of their 12 wins at home (8-5-4)… The Ducks have the NHL’s best penalty killing unit, operating a 87.7 percent, killing off 100-of-114 opportunities… On the flip side, Anaheim has not scored a power-play goal in the month of December, going 0-for-18… The Flyers (2.15) and Ducks (1.85) are ranked 29th & 30th in the NHL in goals per-game… Claude Giroux has been held without a point in his last four games, the last time he went five straight without a point was from the start of the 2013-14 season (Oct. 2-11) - after that point Giroux recorded 86 points in 77 games to finish the year third overall in the NHL’s scoring race.
Voracek continues to be the Flyers hottest player - he is riding a five-game point streak in which he has recorded two goals and six assists for eight points… Voracek has seven of those eight points (2g-5a) since he moved to a new position at left wing and new line with Sean Couturier and Wayne Simmonds… He is five points shy of reaching 400 career points in the NHL having played 565 out of a possible 574 games to start his career, which also includes his current iron-man streak at 260 consecutive games played… Against the Ducks, he has five goals and 10 points in 16 career games.
Corey Perry averages a point per game against the Flyers, recording two goals and nine assists for 11 points in 11 career contests… He leads the Ducks in goals (11) and overall points (21) while appearing in all 33 games for Anaheim so far… After recording just three assists in his first 11 games of the season, Perry has all 11 of his goals and 18 of his 21 points in his last 22 games played… He also has nearly half of his points (10 of 21) this season against the Eastern Conference with 10 points (5g-5a) in 13 games against the East.