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Nashville Predators @ Philadelphia Flyers: The Gang Returns to Philly

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NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Just over a week since playing a 6-5 thriller at Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers meet once more, this time at Wells Fargo Arena. Since they last met, both teams have climbed to the #1 wild card spot in their respective conferences. The Flyers have won both of their last two games, while the Predators have since beaten the Stars, lost in overtime to the Blackhawks and beaten the Avalanche.

The Flyers have proven this year that they are an exciting, offensive team. If the home opener against them was any indication, this should be another fun contest to watch.

The Philadelphia Flyers

If there is one thing that the Flyers love to do, it is scoring goals. Lots of goals.

In the last three games played by the Philadelphia Flyers, they have scored at least five goals. They also scored five in their home opener, meaning that they have scored at least five goals in four of their six games played.

A lot of credit for these goals can be given to Jakub Voracek and Shayne Gostisbehere. The two point leaders for the Flyers, each with ten, only have one goal between the two of them. Already accumulating 19 assists between them, they have been masterful at finding scoring opportunities for their teammates. Sure, it helps that Claude Giroux has a shooting percentage of 36.4% while Wayne Simmonds spots one of 26.3%, but Vorachek and Gotesbehere will need to be kept in check. If the Predators give them time and space, they will find someone open.

The Nashville Predators

The Predators are coming off of a solid 4-1 home victory against the Colorado Avalanche. Although the third period was a bit dull once the game was already wrapped up, the Predators played a very complete game.

However, one area which needs to be improved is the team’s discipline. Last game the Predators committed six penalties, including two by Pontus Aberg. After being a healthy scratch out of training camp, Aberg must be more disciplined if he wants more playing time. Meanwhile, as Aberg floundered, Frederick Gaudreau flourished. Being called up in Nick Bonino’s absence due to injury, the fan favorite Gaudreau had a solid game on Tuesday and did not look remotely out of place.

Reasons to Watch:

  • If you have even remote recollections about the chaos that was a Predators’ 6-5 home opener win, you know you’ll want to watch tonight.
  • Viktor Arvidsson continues to win our hearts with his hustle. His game against Colorado on Tuesday night was terrific; hopefully it carries over to tonight.
  • Do you enjoy Philadelphia fans setting new standards of rude? Want to watch that happen?
  • The last time Scott Hartnell and Peter Laviolette were in the same organization, they were both Flyers. Tonight should be another fun homecoming for them

Sights and Sounds

The game is at 6:00ct. Fox Sports will have the game on television with 102.5 The Game covering it over the radio.