Despite injuries, the Flyers come into tonight’s game winners of two straight games and three of their last four… They have also earned points in the standings in five of their last six games, going 3-1-2… Mark Streit is tied for second in scoring among all NHL defensemen with eight points (2g-6a) and has recorded a point in all but two games this season… Claude Giroux is second on the team with 10 points (2g-8a) and has also recorded a point in all but two games this season… Ray Emery has backstopped the Flyers to all three victories this season… Michael Raffl has four goals and five points in his last six games… Michael Del Zotto has five assists in his last six.
The Kings come into tonight’s game leading the NHL in fewest goals-against per-game (1.50), and have allowed the second fewest goals with 12 through eight games (Minnesota leads with 11 through seven games)… The Kings are also riding a six-game winning streak after dropping their first two games of the season… During that streak they have out-scored the opposition, 20-5… The Kings have also gone three straight games recording a goal on the power-play and are unbeaten this year, 4-0-0, when scoring on the man advantage… Likewise, they are a perfect 5-0-0 this season when not allowing a goal on the opponent’s power play… The Kings have killed off 19 of their last 20 penalties over the last six games… The Kings have been without Marian Gaborik, Trevor Lewis and Jake Muzzin, all of which are suffering upper-body injuries, while star-forward Anze Kopitar suffered an upper-body injury in the Kings last game - his status is unknown for tonight’s game.
The Flyers and Kings split the season series last year with each team winning on each other’s home ice… Both teams combined for seven goals in the two-game series (LA: 3, PHI: 4)… The Kings have scored the first goal in six of their eight games this season, while the Flyers have allowed the first goal in seven of their eight games… The Kings have also scored 17 of their 21 goals this season in the first and second period, scoring just four in the third, while the Flyers have scored nearly half of their 26 total goals in the third period (12)… The Flyers remain perfect on the PK on home-ice, killing off all 11 attempts from their opponent through four games… The Flyers rank second in the NHL for fewest penalty minutes at 7.8 PIM per game - they were the most penalized team in 2013-14 & 2011-12, and were second-most in 2012-13.
Voracek is the hottest Flyer coming into tonight’s game… He has recorded two straight multi-point games and three of his last four games have recorded more than one point… He has found the scoresheet in seven of the eight games this season and leads the Flyers in scoring with 11 points (2g-9a)… Having recently recorded his 300th point in the NHL, Voracek is two assists shy of 200 helpers in the NHL… Against the Kings, Voracek posted one goal in the two meetings last season and has eight points (4g-4a) in 15 career games against LA.
Jeff Carter is tied for second in the NHL’s scoring race with 12 points (5g-7a) in eight games so far this season… He has points in three straight games, recording seven points in that span, including a four-point night in his last outing with a goal and three assists over the Columbus Blue Jackets… Carter has also posted four multi-point games in his last six contests… Carter also leads all NHL players with a plus-minus rating of plus-12… Tonight is only his third game against the Flyers since being traded in 2011 - he has one goal in the previous two games… As a Flyer, he recorded 181 goals and 323 points in 461 games.