The Philadelphia Flyers will be in Minnesota to take on the Wild tonight in the second game of a home-and-home series between the two teams. The Wild took the first of the two contests in a 1-0 victory on Saturday in Philadelphia. The loss was an NHL-high fourth time being shutout for the Flyers.
Jason Zucker set a Minnesota Wild franchise record, scoring the team’s last six goals–the NHL record is seven. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk is coming off of back-to-back shutouts, and will be making his seventh consecutive start. Brian Elliott is expected to start for the Flyers.
The Flyers’ first line will have to pick up its dominant play which has been evident throughout the first quarter of the season if the team wishes to push ahead in the tight Metropolitan Division. Sean Couturier leads the team in goals with 10, Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux lead in points with 21 and 20.
Nolan Patrick will miss yet another game with an upper-body injury tonight. Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle are out of the lineup for Minnesota. Nolan Patrick has been skating with the team and is hopeful for the game in Winnipeg against the Jets on Thursday.