Philadelphia Flyers vs Florida Panthers Game Preview

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Tonight the Philadelphia Flyers will end their Florida road trip when they take on the Florida Panthers.  Both teams have the same record 8-4-3 with 19 points.

Last year Philadelphia took three of four against the Panthers including both road games winning 5-2, 4-2, and 3-2.  The Panthers lone win came in Philadelphia, when they shutout the Flyers 5-0.

Our goalie matchups as always come to us from puckinghockey.com, in net for Philadelphia is Ilya Bryzgalov (6-4-2 2.85 GAA .895 save percentage) and for Florida is Jose Theodore (6-2-2 2.39 GAA .922 save percentage).

The Flyers are coming off a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning where they are times engaged in a stalemate against the 1-3-1.  The Panthers are coming off a 5-2 road win against the Winnipeg Jets.

3 Things to Watch For

1. Long Point Streaks: The Flyers have points in their last five-games, the last time they failed to get a point was in that crazy 9-8 loss to the Jets on October 27.  Florida has points in their last six-games and like Philadelphia the last time they didn’t get a point was on October 27 in a 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

2. Home Powerplay vs Road Penalty Kill: The Panthers at home hold the number three ranked home powerplay at 23.5%.  The Flyers are the number five ranked road powerplay with a 90.6% kill rate.

3. Scoring First vs Leading After the First: Florida is ranked seventh in the league when it comes scoring first with a record of 6-1-1 .750.  While the Flyers are only .500 when scoring first they are perfect when holding the lead after the first with a record of 7-0-0.  Also, to note the Panthers are 0-2-2 when trailing after one.

Where and When to Watch

Where: TCN

When: 5:00 pm EST

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