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NHL Preview: Philadelphia Flyers (5-7-1) at Anaheim Ducks (7-5-0)

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS NOTES:

INJURY REPORT

PLAYER INJURY DATES GAMES MISSED

Rasmus Ristolainen (D) IR – undisclosed 10/9- 13

Marc Staal (D) upper body 10/21- 9

Carter Hart (G) mid body 11/3- 3

2023-24 TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 27

QUICK HITS

– Philadelphia netted a season-high three goals in the first period Nov. 3 at BUF. The Flyers rank second in the League with 18 first period goals. – The Flyers also rank T-1st in the NHL in shorthanded goals (4). – Philadelphia is 5-1-0 this season when scoring first and ranks T-6th in the NHL in wins when scoring first. – The Flyers have tallied 40-plus shots in three games this season and rank fourth in the League in shots (415).

VS. THE WEST

– Philadelphia plays its third contest of a four-game streak against a Western Conference opponent Friday (0-2-0). – The Flyers will face a Western team in 11 of 15 games (Oct. 17-Nov. 18). – Philadelphia went 3-2-1 in a season-long six-game stretch against a Western Conference team, Oct. 17-28. – The Flyers are 1-0-1 against Central Division teams and 2-4-0 against Pacific Division teams this season. – Philadelphia is 13-13-4 in the last 30 games against a Western Conference opponent.

BACK-TO-BACKS

– Friday’s and Saturday’s games mark the Flyers second of 12 back-to-back sets this season. – This set marks the first of four road back-to-backs this season: – Nov. 10 at ANA; Nov. 11 at LAK – Dec. 28 at VAN; Dec. 29 at SEA – Jan. 12 at MIN; Jan. 13 at WPG – April 5 at BUF; April 6 at CBJ – The Flyers are 1-0-0 in the first game of a back-to-back and 0-1-0 in the second contest this season

ANAHEIM DUCKS NOTES:

INJURIES PLAYER INJURY / ILLNESS EXPECTED TIME

MISSED GAMES MISSED

Jamie Drysdale Lower-body Day-to-day 10

Brock McGinn Lower-body Day-to-day 12

Isac Lundestrom Torn Achilles Approximately 6 months 12

2023-24 Man Games Lost: 48

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Anaheim Ducks host the penultimate contest of a five-game homestand tonight vs. the Philadelphia Flyers at Honda Center (7 p.m. PT, TV: Bally Sports SoCal, AUDIO: Ducks Stream). Anaheim enters tonight’s game with wins in six of the last seven contests (6-1-0), outscoring opponents 26-19 in that span while killing 26-of-31 penalties (83.9%). Anaheim has also killed 12 straight penalties dating to Oct. 30 (span of four games). Tonight begins a stretch of six games in a span of 10 days through Nov. 19 and 11 games in 21 days to close out November. The Ducks enter tonight’s contest 7-5-0 this season while opponents have a combined 45- 22-3 record entering at the start of games. The Ducks continue their 14-game November schedule (10 home, four road), posting a 158- 137-66 record in the month all-time. Following tonight’s game, the Ducks will conclude the five-game homestand when they host San Jose on Sunday, Nov. 12 (5 p.m. PT).

CARDIAC COMEBACKS: The Ducks are the first team in NHL history to have five third-period comeback wins through their first 11 games of a season. Anaheim’s five comeback wins co-lead the NHL this season, with all five of the comeback victories coming during the club’s six-game win streak. The Ducks are the third club in NHL history to post at least five third-period comeback victories throughout a win streak of any length, joining the 2018-19 Sabres (6 in 10 GP) and 2013-14 Penguins (5 in 15 GP). The Ducks are also one of two teams this season (also Toronto) to record multiple two-goal, third period comeback wins. The Ducks also co-lead the NHL with five comeback wins overall. Anaheim’s three comeback wins in a span of four games Oct. 24-30 marked the third time in club history the team has done so. The only prior instances came March 15-20, 2015 and March 20-26, 2011. Only 82 instances in NHL history have clubs won three games in a span of four contests after trailing in the third period. The Ducks became the 13th team in NHL history to win consecutive road games in OT after trailing in the third period of each contest (last: TBL, Oct. 14, 2021 (7-6 OTW @ DET) and Oct. 16, 2021 (2-1 OTW @ WSH). Anaheim forced OT after trailing by two goals with 1:55 in regulation to earn 4-3 OT victory, Oct. 26 @ BOS. The Ducks also overcame a 2-1, third-period deficit with 3:47 left in regulation and earned a 3-2 OT win Oct. 24 @ CBJ. DUCKS-FLYERS: Anaheim and Philadelphia close out their two-game season series tonight at Honda Center. The Ducks opened the 2023-24 series matching the franchise record for goals in a road game with a 7-4 win while snapping the Flyers’ 3-0-0 home start. Frank Vatrano recorded his second hat trick of the season (also Oct. 15 vs. CAR), netting a goal at 15:20 of the first period, 6:58 of the second period and the Ducks first shorthanded goal of the season at 11:12 of the third period. Ryan Strome recorded three points (1-2=3), Mason McTavish recorded two assists, while Adam Henrique (1-1=2) and Trevor Zegras (1-0=1) each netted their first goal of the season. Lukas Dostal stopped 27-of-31 shots for his third win of 2023-24. Anaheim owns an all-time record of 21-13-9 vs. the Flyers, including a 10-6-6 mark in Orange County. John Gibson leads all-time Anaheim goaltenders in wins against the Flyers (5-2-2), posting a 2.43 GAA and .926 SV%. Zegras (3-2=5, 4 GP) is averaging over a point per game vs. the Flyers in his career. Cam Fowler paces active Ducks skaters in points (2-6=8) and assists, while Vatrano leads in goal scoring (4-0=4, 3 GP).

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