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NHL Preview: Arizona Coyotes (23-23-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (28-19-6)

ARIZONA COYOTES NOTES:

3 HARD LAPS

• The Coyotes are headed to Philadelphia for the second game of their road trip with the chance to pick up their ninth road win of the season. With a win, the Coyotes would earn their first win at Wells Fargo Center since 12/5/2019. • Clayton Keller has nine points in six road games in 2024 (3-6-9) and is currently seven points ahead of his Coyotes’ record single-season point pace from last year (86 points) through 50 games. • Jason Zucker picked up three assists against the Predators and now has 21 points this season. He now has the most 20+ point seasons (8) by a current member of the Coyotes.

PACK FACTS

. Clayton Keller (21-27-48) was the first Coyote to reach the 20, 30, and 40-point marks this season. This is the third consecutive season that he was first on the team to reach these marks. . Logan Cooley has a point in nine home games this season (1-8-9); the Coyotes are 8-1-0 in these games. · Matias Maccelli (7-26-33) tied the ARI/WIN franchise record for most consecutive home games with a point to start a season (8 games), previously set by Igor Korolev in 1995-96. · Arizona has seven skaters with 27+ points: Clayton Keller, Matias Maccelli, Lawson Crouse, Nick Schmaltz, Nick Bjugstad, Alex Kerfoot, and Sean Durzi. Seven skaters with 27+ points is tied with Boston, Buffalo, Vegas, Los Angeles, and Tampa Bay for the fourth most on any team in the NHL (DAL – 10, CGY – 9, CAR – 9). · Nick Schmaltz (14-17-31) leads the team in PPG (8) and is second on the team in PP TOI with 156:24. · Arizona is one of four teams in the NHL with 2+ games decided in a shootout and an undefeated record in shootouts (EDM, NSH, DET). · Nick Bjugstad is tied for the league lead in GDG (2) and recorded the team’s first ENG (11/11 at NSH) and SHG (12/4 vs WSH) this season. · Sean Durzi leads the Coyotes in TOI (22:28), blocked shots (97) and also leads Coyotes defensemen in PP TOI (145:36), with second-most having 55:55. . Alex Kerfoot (7-22-29) is tied for the team lead in three-point games this season with four. He also carries the fifth-longest active consecutive games played streak at 313 games. . After missing 15 games due to injury, Jack McBain has played in 35 games this season. Among NHL players with 35 or fewer GP, McBain is one of six players with an overtime goal. . The Coyotes are tied for the fifth-best PP% in road games in the NHL, coming in at 26.2%. . Michael Carcone is third on the team in goals (15) and holds the team-long goal streak this season (4 games). He currently holds the thirdhighest shooting percentage in the NHL (23.1%). . Lawson Crouse (19-10-29) is second on the team in goals and tied his career long five-game point streak earlier this season (10/24-11/4). . The Coyotes are second in the league in net shutouts (total shutouts – total times shutout) at five. . J.J. Moser is tied for the team lead in SHP (2) and is tied for the fifth-most SHP by a defenseman in the NHL. . Josh Brown lit the lamp for the first time this season against Chicago, and now sits one goal away from ten career NHL goals. . Connor Ingram recorded his fifth shutout of the season in a 38-save outing in Minnesota and is now tied for second in the NHL in shutouts. . Karel Vejmelka set a new career-long shutout sequence at 156:55 (69 saves on 69 shots), the third-longest shutout sequence in the NHL this season. . The Coyotes are one of four NHL teams with multiple comeback wins of three or more goals this season.

YOTES & FLYERS

-Tonight is the last of two ARI-PHI matchups this season. The Flyers won the prior matchup this season at Mullett Arena. – The Coyotes hold an all-time PK% of 83.3 against the Flyers through 88 games played between the two franchises. This is Arizona’s second-best PK% against a franchise with at least 80 games played (Nashville, 85.4%). – Clayton Keller’s first career hat trick came against the Flyers last year at Mullett Arena. All five of his goals against the Flyers have come in two games. Coyotes franchise vs Flyers • All-Time: 34-48-2-4 • Home: 20-21-2-1 • Road: 14-27-0-3 • L10: 3-5-2 • STRK: L2

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS NOTES:

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER INJURY DATES GAMES MISSED

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2023-24 TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 77

A PEEK INTO THE REMAINING SCHEDULE

– The Flyers have 29 games remaining in the 2023-24 regular season schedule. The team ranks third in the Metropolitan Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. – Of the 29 games left, Philadelphia has just five games remaining against a Western Conference opponent: four at Wells Fargo Center, one on the road (Feb. 21 at CHI). The only Western team the Flyers have not faced yet this season is the Chicago Blackhawks. – The Flyers have 24 contests remaining against an Eastern Conference opponent: 13 against the Atlantic and 11 against the Metro. Philadelphia will play five of its last seven games of the regular season against an intra-divisional opponent.

VS. THE WEST

– Philadelphia concludes its three-game streak against a Western Conference opponent Monday (2-0-0). – The Flyers are 7-1-0 against the West in their last eight games and are 26-17-6 in the last 49 games against the West. – Philadelphia is 16-8-3 against the West this season including a 8-2-2 record against the Central Division and a 8-6-1 record against the Pacific Division. – The Flyers went 3-2-1 in a season-long six-game stretch against a Western Conference team, Oct. 17-28.

QUICK HITS

– The Flyers are on a three-game win streak and are 17-9-5 in their last 31 games, including a season-high five-game win streak from Jan. 10-18. – Philadelphia is 21-4-2 when scoring first this season and rank T-5th in the NHL in wins when scoring first. – The Flyers are 21-5-3 when scoring three-plus goals in a game (including shootout goals) this season.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

– Philadelphia ranks second in the NHL with 1,770 shots and rank fourth with a 33.4 shot-per-game average. – The Flyers have posted 30-plus shots in 37 of their 53 games this season, earning at least a point in 24 of those contests. – Philadelphia recorded 35-plus shots in 10 consecutive games, Jan. 2-20, for the first time in franchise history since Oct. 27-Nov. 23, 1983 (12 games). – The Flyers rank fourth in the League with 952 blocked shots and defenseman Nick Seeler leads the NHL with 153 blocked shots. PENALTY KILLERS – Philadelphia leads the NHL with 12 shorthanded goals and is second with an 86.0 penalty kill percentage and for fewest power-play goals against (PPGA) with 23. – The Flyers have allowed just 13 power-play goals against in their last 39 games, going 106-for-119 on the penalty kill since Nov. 11. – Philadelphia leads the NHL with a 89.1 penalty kill percentage and T-1st in PPGA since Nov. 11. – The Flyers are 47-for-53 on the penalty kill on the road since Nov. 11 to rank third in the League in road penalty kill percentage (88.7).

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