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Zucker has scored Minnesota's past six goals; Philadelphia shut out NHL-high four times

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

FLYERS (8-7-2) at WILD (7-7-2)

8 p.m. ET; FS-N, NBCSP+, NHL.TV

 
The Game

The Minnesota Wild will go for a third straight win when they play the second game of a home-and-home series against the Philadelphia Flyers at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday. The Wild defeated the Flyers 1-0 on Saturday.

Forward Jason Zucker has scored Minnesota's past six goals to set a Wild record. The NHL record for consecutive goals is seven shared by Cy Denneny with the Ottawa Senators from Feb. 28-March 7, 1921 and Brian Noonan for the Chicago Blackhawks from Dec. 27-29, 1991, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The Flyers are 2-2-2 in their past six games. They've been shut out four times this season, most in the NHL.

 

Players to watch

Forward Sean Couturier has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his past nine games. He leads the Flyers in goals (10), and is third in points (19) behind Jakub Voracek (21) and Claude Giroux (20).

Goalie Devan Dubnyk will make his seventh consecutive start for Minnesota. He's made 73 saves in back-to-back shutouts and has not allowed a goal in 135:05 since the third period of a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov.8.

 

They said it

"We played a hard-fought game [on Saturday]. In a 1-0 game, you don't want to be on the losing end of it but I think we played good. We could have done some things different…We just have to get to the blue paint and I think that's what we're going to do tonight." -- Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere

"You just got to take it as another game. I know it's the cliché answer but … that's really how you get into a roll in the season is forgetting about previous games, wins and losses, and treat this game the same way we treated the game going into Philly. …This is an opponent that's got a lot of offensive skill and it's going to be a challenge for us." -- Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk


 
Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Dale Weise -- Jordan Weal -- Wayne Simmonds

Jori Lehtera -- Valtteri Filppula -- Travis Konecny

Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Michael Raffl

Ivan Provorov -- Robert Hagg

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Brandon Manning

Travis Sanheim -- Radko Gudas

Brian Elliott

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Matt Read

Injured: Andrew MacDonald (lower body), Nolan Patrick (upper body)


 
Wild projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Eric Staal -- Jason Zucker 

Tyler Ennis -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund

Daniel Winnik -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin 

Marcus Foligno -- Matt Cullen -- Chris Stewart

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba 

Gustav Olofsson -- Mike Reilly

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Kyle Quincey

Injured: Zach Parise (back), Charlie Coyle (fractured right fibula)


 
Status report

Patrick skated and could return at the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. … Coyle skated for the first time since his injury on Oct. 12. There is no timetable for his return. 


 
Stat pack

Giroux has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past four games. … Minnesota is 18-for-19 on the penalty kill in its past seven games.

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