Game Day: Flyers / Canucks
After having eight days off and getting to spend a rare Christmas holiday with their families, the Philadelphia Flyers (22-8-5) will face off against the Vancouver Canucks (21-8-5) at 10pm EST in Vancouver.
This will kick off an brutal eight day road trip, their toughest stretch of the regular season to date. The Flyers are coming off a five nothing shutout handed to them by the Florida Panthers in their own building just before they broke for the Holiday.
Hopefully that loss was a wake up call for this team and their time away has them ready and refreshed for tonight's game.
The Canucks are coming off a win against the Edmonton oilers that saw them score two third period goals with the game winner coming at 19:36 by Bieksa.
The Flyers have an overall record of 68-28-13 and a 31-10-12 record in Vancouver. The Flyers have had tons of success there and are currently on a 14 game win streak in the Canucks house, which dates all the way back to Dec. 31, 1989.
The Flyers are 10-0 with four ties during that span. The Canucks shutout the Flyers 3-0 in Philly, in their only meeting last season.
In their last ten games both the Flyers and the Vancouver Canucks each won seven of those matchups. The Flyers are 20-6-2 versus the Eastern Conference and just 2-2-3 against the West this season.
In their history the Flyers have recorded eleven hat tricks against the Canucks, the latest coming on Nov. 29, 1998 by John LeClair against Garth Snow.
The Flyers have shutout the Canucks eight times, Bernie Parent being the only one with multiple shutouts, three.
There was only one penalty shot awarded to the Flyers in the history with the Canucks, Brian Propp would get the lone chance in 1983 and score versus Ken Ellacott.
There have been four regular season overtime goals scored for Philly, the latest coming form Simon Gagne at home on Nov.13, 2003 .
These teams have only faced each other once in the playoffs, and that came in 1979 in the way of a three game series that the Flyers won after losing game one at home.
With all the success the Flyers have in Vancouver this game should probably be the best place for the Flyers to start their eight game road trip. Unfortunately for the Flyers they do not respond well after long lay offs and their 14 game unbeaten streak in Vancouver could be in jeopardy tonight.
The Canucks like to prey on turnovers and the Flyers will need to keep that to a minimum tonight. They will also need to stay out of the penalty box and keep the Sendin brothers from touching the puck more than they need to.
The Flyers have to get to Luongo often and early. He is a big goalie who does not like traffic in front of him, he looses his composure often when that happens.
The Flyers need to exploit that and take him off his game.He also is awaiting a birth of a child that he will attend to tomorrow, how much will that be on his mind ?
This is a tough road the Flyers will travel without the best leader on the team. If the Flyers can play well during this trip without Pronger than the skies the limit when it comes to confidence for this team.
Step Up Players
Richards, Briere, Timonen