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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Philadelphia

Minnesota aims for even record on four-game road trip Saturday against Flyers

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (6-7-2) at Philadelphia Flyers (8-6-2) 

Puck drop: 6:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North, FOX Sports GO

Listen: KFAN 100.3 FM, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter


The opponent

One of the most consistently inconsistent teams in the NHL (at least in terms of results), the Philadelphia Flyers have managed an 8-6-2 record this season. They've done so by failing to stretch any winning streak past two games and any losing streak past two. 

Coming off a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, the Flyers are 2-2-0 in their past four as they prepare to conclude a three-game homestand on Saturday.

The Wild and Flyers will play twice in a span of 72 hours; Minnesota will head back to the Twin Cities immediately after the game while Philadelphia will follow on Monday afternoon before a rematch at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday night.

Jakub Voracek leads a potent Flyers offense with 21 points through 16 games. Sean Couturier (10 goals) and Claude Giroux (nine goals) aren't far behind. Philadelphia has four players with at least six goals.

Goaltender Brian Elliott, acquired in free agency over the summer, is 6-3-1 with a 2.90 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.


Connections

• Flyers forward Matt Read played four seasons at Bemidji State University (2007-11).


Get shorty

The Wild is tied for first in the NHL with four shorthanded goals in 15 games this season (all registered in the last eight games, including two in the last three contests). Minnesota recorded its franchise-record 13 shorthanded goals in 2000-01, and has surpassed 10 shorthanded goals in three total seasons (11 in both 2001-02 and 2005-06).

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