Updated: 8:53 p.m.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Flyers are hoping to take a much-needed win out of Vancouver as they wrap up a five-game road trip.
Saturday night’s game will be the difference between an average five-game road trip and a terrible one. With a win, the Flyers can finish at 2-2-1. However, with a regulation loss, they’ll wrap up the five-game trip at 1-3-1.
The Flyers haven’t lost four straight on the road since Nov. 14-27 of last season.`
Let's take a look at tonight's essentials:
When: 10 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Rogers Arena
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
• The Flyers, along with the Wild, have scored the first goal in just 10 games so far this season — an NHL low. During their current five-game road trip, the Flyers have surrendered that first goal in the first four games.
“When we get down, I don’t know what it is," Shayne Gostisbehere said, "but we get really down on ourselves and turn into a negative bunch.”
• The Flyers typically need to score at least four goals to assure themselves a win. They're 1-14-2 when they score three or fewer goals this season, 11-0-2 when they score four or more. Their only three-goal victory came Oct. 30 in Anaheim.
Defensively, the Flyers have been burned by the opposition’s top-line center. Buffalo’s Jack Eichel, Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele, Calgary’s Sean Monahan and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid have combined for six goals and five assists (11 points in four games) on this road trip.
Vancouver’s No. 1 center, Bo Horvat, comes into Saturday’s game with seven points (four goals, three assists) over his last seven games and is currently second on the team with 29 points.
• Tonight’s game will also feature two top-five picks from the 2017 NHL draft. The Flyers' Nolan Patrick, drafted second, and Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson, selected fifth, will square off for the first time in their pro careers.
Pettersson has been the NHL’s top rookie this season, topping all first-year players with 16 goals, 17 assists and 33 points. He’s the clear front-runner for the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie.
With five goals and five assists, Patrick has undoubtedly struggled throughout his sophomore season. The 20-year-old center has just one point over his last 13 games. Saturday in Edmonton, Patrick was demoted to fourth-line center for the first time in his career but still managed 14:40 of ice time.
• The Flyers' power play failed them once again in Edmonton Friday night, finishing 0 for 5, which included a four-minute double minor. After scoring five power-play goals in their first four games of the season, the Flyers are 7 for 69 over their last 26 games, or 10.1 percent, prompting Sean Couturier to lash out.
Lately our power play — I mean all year — we’ve been doing nothing. It’s horrible. Right now, we’re just passing it around and we’re not doing anything, and it’s killing the momentum.
• Vancouver is beginning to rebound from a terrible stretch of hockey that saw it go 1-10-1 from Nov. 12 to Dec. 4. Since then, the Canucks have rebounded with a 3-0-1 mark over their last four games.
• The Canucks are, by far, one of the worst third-period teams in hockey, with a goal differential of minus-11. Vancouver has allowed an NHL-high 46 goals in the final period of regulation, with the Senators and Red Wings next on the list with 41.
Wayne Simmonds-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Claude Giroux-Nolan Patrick-Michael Raffl
James van Riemsdyk-Jordan Weal-Travis Konecny
Scott Laughton-Jori Lehtera-Dale Weise
Andrew MacDonald-Ivan Provorov
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas
Travis Sanheim-Shayne Gostisbehere
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