(12-6-3) Nashville Predators vs. Philadelphia Flyers (7-10-5)
2:30 P.M. (CT) | Wells Fargo Center | #NSHvsPHI
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game
The Nashville Predators finish up their five-game road trip with an afternoon tilt today in the City of Brotherly Love, all while reaching a significant franchise milestone.
The Preds and Philadelphia Flyers face off from Wells Fargo Center at 2:30 p.m. (CT) this afternoon in the first of two meetings between the teams this season, and the 1,300th game in Predators franchise history. Nashville will become the 27th team in National Hockey League history to hit the mark when the puck drops today. Of the NHL clubs that got their start for the 1998-99 season or later (Nashville, Atlanta/Winnipeg, Columbus, Minnesota), the Preds have the top record (point percentage) with a 616-510-60 mark (.541).
After they were unable to find the back of the net for the first three games of their current trek, the Predators tallied three times against Buffalo on Wednesday night in a 3-2 win. Mike Fisher, Craig Smith and former Sabres forward Cody Hodgson scored for the Preds, while Carter Hutton made 30 saves in net to improve to 4-0-0 all-time against Buffalo.
The Flyers fell 3-1 to the New York Islanders on Wednesday evening, their fourth loss in their last five games. Philadelphia has also struggled to find the back of the net has of late, scoring just four goals in their last four outings.
Nashville made two roster moves on Thanksgiving, recalling forward Colton Sissons from AHL Milwaukee and placing forward Miikka Salomaki (upper-body) on Injured Reserve. Preds center Paul Gaustad left Wednesday's game with an upper-body injury and did not return. Sissons has a goal, a plus-five rating and five penalty minutes in five games for the Predators this season, and eight points (3g-5a) in 12 games with Milwaukee.
Preds forward James Neal leads the club in goals (9) and points (15) on the season. Defenseman Roman Josi has 13 points (4g-9a), while Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg each have 11 (2g-9a). Captain Shea Weber has tallied six goals; Craig Smith has five. Fisher is on a four-game point streak versus the Flyers (2g-3a); Colin Wilson has a goal in two of his last three games against the Flyers (2g). Goaltender Pekka Rinne, whose next game will be his 400th in the NHL, is 10-5-3 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 2015-16.
Flyers Captain Claude Giroux paces his club in points with 17 (8g-9a), while Jakub Voracek (1g-11a-12pts) is the only other Flyer with double digits in points. Brayden Schenn has potted six goals for Philadelphia. Goaltender Steve Mason has started 13 games for the Flyers, going 3-7-4, netminding partner Michal Neuvirth is 4-3-1 this season.
The Preds will be playing in their second afternoon game of the 2015-16 season today; last season, the team had points in seven of their eight afternoon contests, posting a 6-1-1 record.
The Predators have won two of their last three games against the Flyers and have earned a point in five of their last six contests against them. All-time, Nashville has an 8-7-5 record against Philadelphia, including a 4-5-2 record at Wells Fargo Center.