The Flyers will induct Eric Lindros and John LeClair into the Flyers Hall of Fame tonight… They are the 21st & 22nd members of the club’s Hall of Fame, which began in 1988 with the inductions of Bob Clarke and Bernie Parent… Lindros (659) & LeClair (643) combined for 1,302 points in their careers as Flyers, including 623 goals (Lindros: 290; LeClair: 333) in 1,135 games… Lindros was the youngest player in team history to be named captain at age 21 and went on to win the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP, joining Bobby Clarke as the only two Flyers ever to win the award after posting a 70-point season in the 46-game shortened season of 1994-95, which tied for the league lead… LeClair is one of only two Flyers (Tim Kerr) to post 50 or more goals in three or more consecutive seasons (1995-98)… In addition, he also led the Flyers in goals for a total of five consecutive seasons.
The Flyers enter tonight’s game having dropped three straight games, but only one of their last six games on home ice - the most recent of which, a 4-3 loss to Columbus, snapped a five-game home winning streak… The Flyers have also earned 12 out of a possible 18 points in the standings at home, going 5-2-2 this season… Wild come into tonight having won three straight games, but have dropped three of their last four road games and own an overall record of 3-6-0 away from Minnesota… The Wild are winless against opponents from the Metropolitan Divisions this year, going 0-3-0… This is the second of games on back-to-back nights for the Flyers, who own a 1-2-0 mark in the second game.
Jakub Voracek had his 10-game point streak end in last night’s shut out loss in NY - he has scored a point in every game in which the Flyers have posted a goal (15 of 17) and has recorded a point in every Flyers home game this season, posting 15 points (5g-10a) in nine games… Defenseman Ryan Suter leads all NHL players in average ice-time per-game with nearly a 30-minute average (29:13)… The Wild have been outshot in just one game this season… Minnesota leads the NHL in fewest shots against/game (23.7) and ranks second in shots for per-game (33.1)… The Flyers continue to own the NHL’s second-best power play at home at nearly 35% (34.4%) and have scored 11 of their overall 14 power-play goals on home ice, going 11-of-32… Flyers defenseman Nick Schultz was the second player ever (and first defenseman) drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2000… He spent the first 10 seasons of career with that club, appearing in 743 games, which is the most all-time in franchise history.
No Flyer is perhaps more comfortable at the Wells Fargo Center than Simmonds - he has six of his seven goals and 10 of his 12 points on home-ice this season… Simmonds’ seven goals are tied for the team lead and he is tied for second on the squad with a plus-5 rating… Against the Wild, he led the Flyers in the two-game season series last year with a pair of goals and an assist for three points… Over the course of his career, Simmonds has 11 points (4g-7a) in 15 career games against Minnesota.
Despite missing five games due to a concussion, Parise is tied for the team lead in scoring with 12 points (6g-6a) in 12 games… Parise is also coming off a two-goal game in his return to the lineup and has recorded a point in seven of 12 games for the Wild this season… Against the Flyers, Parise has 18 goals and 36 points in 41 career games… His 18 goals are the most against any team he has faced… Parise went scoreless in one game against Philly last year… He is also tied for first in the NHL with 37 shootout goals in his career.