The Flyers have an opportunity to pick up their most wins through the first 15 games of a season since 2011-12, when the club last won a playoff series. The Flyers started 8-4-3 that season and finished 47-26-9 with 103 points.
To match the 15-game win total, the Flyers (7-5-2) will have to beat the Canadiens (8-5-2) Thursday night on home ice.
Let's get into the essentials:
• When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
• Where: Wells Fargo Center
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
• The Flyers are looking for their best point streak of the season at four games. They've been up and down in the win-loss column but head coach Alain Vigneault has seen progress.
If anything, the team certainly looks different than last season. The Flyers are allowing the NHL's fewest shots per game at 28.4, have scored 46 goals and surrendered 44.
In 2018-19, the Flyers had a minus-12 goal differential and yielded 54 markers through 14 games.
It's worth noting some of Vigneault's best teams endured slow starts, including the 2013-14 Rangers, who went to the Stanley Cup Final.
I do know my first year in New York, it took us until Christmas. I'm hoping to be a little bit sharper here, a little bit quicker and get it done before.
I've got an idea, but it's not where I want it to be. But I do have an idea and I do think we're on the right track, that we're progressing. I do firmly believe that.
• Once again, the Flyers will look different down the middle. Mikhail Vorobyev is back and centering the fourth line after a three-game stint for German Rubtsov.
Claude Giroux is staying at center (for now) because the Flyers need help at the position and are still looking for the right combinations.
"In the middle right now, with both Scotty Laughton and Nolan Patrick being out, that would test anybody's middle line," Vigneault said. "Two guys that can play the middle that aren't there. That's our situation right now."
• Ivan Provorov and Matt Niskanen have combined for 10 points and a plus-13 mark over the Flyers' last eight games.
• The Canadiens have won four of their last five games, with victories over the Bruins, Golden Knights, Coyotes and Maple Leafs. Montreal is fourth in goals per game (3.67) but 30th in penalty kill percentage (68.9).
He’s confident, he has good swag to his game. I think he knows how good he is, but at the same time, he respects the game and respects the players he plays with.
- Kevin Hayes on 19-year-old Joel Farabee, who has two goals in the last three games
James van Riemsdyk-Claude Giroux-Joel Farabee
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
Carsen Twarynski-Kevin Hayes-Jakub Voracek
Michael Raffl-Mikhail Vorobyev-Tyler Pitlick
Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Shayne Gostisbehere-Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers
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