The Flyers face off against the Panthers for the second time in a six day span after they dropped the first meeting by a 2-1 score on the road on Nov. 1… It is also the first of two meetings in Philly against the Panthers as the Flyers will not travel to South Florida again in the season series which will wrap up before the New Year (Dec. 18)… The Flyers won the last meeting against the Panthers at the Wells Fargo Center, which snapped a four-game losing skid dating back to Mar. 2, 2012… Overall they own an 18-15-6-3 record in 42 games at home… The Panthers were the final team to play a game against the Flyers in the Spectrum, defeating the Flyers, 4-1, in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 14, 1996.
The Flyers come into tonight with a three-game winning streak on home ice where they have outscored their opponent 11-5… They also have a five game point streak at the Wells Fargo Center, going 3-0-2… This is the second of a four-game home stand and second in a three games in five days span… Florida comes into tonight having earned a point in the standings in each of their last seven games, going 4-0-3… The Panthers have had four straight games, and five of their last six, decided by a 2-1 score… The Panthers have just two wins on the road, but are also unbeaten in regulation away from home, going 2-0-4, with all six games decided by one goal.
The Flyers have failed to score on the power play in their last four games and six of their last seven games (although the last game they did not have a power-play opportunity)… On the other hand, the Flyers have not allowed a goal on the other team’s power-play on home ice yet this season, going a perfect 17-for-17 through six home games… The Flyers have only scored the first goal in three of 12 games so far this season, but are unbeaten in regulation when doing so, going 2-0-1… The #1 overall draft pick from this year’s Draft in Philly, Aaron Ekblad, returns for his first game in the Wells Fargo Center - he scored the game-winning goal, his first in the NHL, against the Flyers in their first meeting… The Panthers are expected to be without their top forwards: Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and Brandon Pirri, who are battling injuries… Michael Raffl will miss his first game since the final game of last year (Apr. 13 vs. Carolina) due to a lower-body injury.
As long as Jake keeps putting up points at this pace, he’ll always be the player to watch on a nightly basis… Voracek ranks second overall in the NHL scoring race with 18 points (5g-13a) and leads all NHL players in even-strength points (15)… His 13 assists are also tied for the NHL lead (Tyler Johnson, TBL)… Voracek comes into tonight with a six-game point streak in which he has posted five multi-point games, including a two-goal effort in his last outing… During that streak he has three goals and eight assists for 11 points… Voracek has a point in every Flyers game this season, except for a 4-0 shut out loss at Chicago on Oct. 21.
The Florida netminder shut the door on the Flyers in their last meeting in Florida, stopping 36 of 37 shots, and nearly posted a shutout but allowed a goal in the final 10 seconds of the game… The win was his sixth all-time against the Flyers… So far this season he has appeared in nine of the 10 games for the Panthers posting a 4-2-3 record with a 2.11 GAA and .932 save percentage… He has only allowed seven even strength goals in nine starts this season and owns a 1.47 GAA and a .953 save percentage in his last six starts… In his 15th NHL season, Luongo is first among active NHL goaltenders in games played (812), wins (377), shutouts (67) and saves (22,132).