Flyers v. Wild
Last Game: Loss, 6-3 @ Blue Jackets (Sat. Dec. 21st)
Streak: Lost 1
- The Flyers have won eight consecutive games at home for the first time since 2008-09 and are looking for their ninth straight win for the first time since 2005-06.
- The Flyers are 6-1-0-1 all-time against the Wild at home and 8-4-1-1 overall.
- Scott Hartnell is one point away from 500 NHL points.
- Jake Voracek has a seven game scoring streak netting six goals and dishing out five assists over that span.
- The Flyer are just 2-for-22 (9.1%) on the power play over their last five games.
- Nicklas Grossmann returns from the flu and is still third in the NHL in blocked shots.
- After the game, the Flyers have their holiday break before they play Edmonton on Saturday.
Last Game: Loss, 4-1 @ Rangers (Sun. Dec. 22nd)
Streak: Lost 2
- Minnesota allowed four unanswered goals to lose 4-1 to the Rangers on Sunday.
- The Wild won the first matchup between these two teams 2-0 three weeks ago.
- Minnesota has lost seven of their last eight road games.
- Zach Parise leads all Wild players with 36 points (18 goals, 18 assists) against the Flyers - the most goals he has scored against any team.
- The Wild have only scored 22 goals against the Flyers in 15 matchups all-time.
- Minnesota has scored at least one third period goal in 10 consecutive wins.
- The Wild are 12-2-5 in one-goal games this season, the second-most wins in the NHL (Anaheim - 13).
- Minnesota has allowed only 51 five-on-five goals this season which is the second-fewest in the NHL.
2-7-2, 3.19 GAA, .895 SV%
Backstrom, 35, was not on top of his game on Sunday against the Rangers allowing four unanswered goals after the Wild jumped out to a 1-0 lead. The Wild lost 4-1 which make it six straight losses for Backstrom. In four career games against the Flyers, Backstrom is 1-3-0 with a 3.73 GAA and a .865 SV%.
13-9-4, 2.40 GAA, .922 SV%
Mason, 25, is coming off back-to-back wins where the Flyers scored five goals. In his last start, the Flyers scored five third period goals to beat Columbus 5-4 with Mason stopping 25 of 29 shots fired his way. In 11 career games against the Wild, Mason is 4-6-1 with 2.79 GAA and a .904 SV%.