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Honda Center, Anaheim, California Attendance: 16,450
Struggling Flyers, Ducks meet in Anaheim
Philadelphia Flyers at Anaheim Ducks
- The Flyers fell to the Islanders, 6-1, in Philadelphia on Saturday, the third straight game in which they have fallen behind 3-0. The 11-goal differential (13-2) the Flyers have suffered over their last three games is their largest deficit in a three-game span since January 2017 (15-4).
- The Ducks lost their fifth straight game, this time to Sharks, 4-3 in overtime. Anaheim started the season 5-1-1 and have gone 0-4-1 in their last five, having been outscored by 10 goals (19-9) over those five games.
- Claude Giroux hasn't tallied a point in his last three games. He didn't have a three-game streak without a point through the entirety of last season. Among current Flyers, Giroux has the highest career points per game (0.93) against the Ducks. He has at least one assist in seven of his last eight game against them.
- The Ducks' goal-scoring leaders (four players) have just three goals each, tied for the fewest goals by a team leader in the NHL. Fifteen Ducks have scored a goal this season, tied for the most players.
- The Flyers have allowed their opponents to score six goals in their last 13 power-play opportunities, dropping Philadelphia to the bottom of the league in penalty-kill percentage at 67.5 percent. The Ducks are drawing the fewest penalties in the NHL at just 2.5 per game.
- The Ducks have won nine of their last 10 matchups with the Flyers. Since 2013-14, Anaheim has earned 19 points from a possible 20 (.950), tied for the third-best percentage by any team against any opponent over that time.
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Two teams looking for a major spark will get together Tuesday night when the Anaheim Ducks host the Philadelphia Flyers at Honda Center.
The Ducks have lost five in a row, their longest losing streak in three years, while the Flyers have dropped their past three games by a combined score of 13-2.
The game in Anaheim will be the start of a four-game West Coast trip for the Flyers (4-7-0) , their only visit to California and Arizona this season. Team captain Claude Giroux told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the road trip should provide an opportunity for the team to bond away from the ice.
"That's what we need right now," Giroux said. "We need to get closer as a team, we need to go out there and play for each other, and this road trip is going to be very important for the season."
The Ducks (5-5-2) opened a four-game homestand Sunday night against the San Jose Sharks and played better than in the previous four games, rallying from a 3-1 deficit in the second period with two goals from recent waiver acquisition Pontus Aberg, but they eventually lost 4-3 in overtime.
Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle stressed the importance of staying positive during this rut.
"There is our fair share of work that needs to be done, but for us it's about taking the next step," he said. "Right now, we're a hockey club that has to try to create an identity, and we did that in the last 30 minutes of (the San Jose) game."
Anaheim has been trying to play with a faster pace, but the process seems to be creating more scoring chances for the opposition than the Ducks.
The Sharks outshot Anaheim 19-8 in the first period and 34-17 through two before finishing with a 45-27 edge. The Ducks are allowing a league-high 39.1 shots per game while taking a league-low 24.5.
"We have to get to the bottom of that," Ducks defenseman Josh Manson said.
The Ducks have been repeatedly bailed out by goaltenders John Gibson and Ryan Miller.
Gibson is sixth in the NHL with a .938 save percentage, and Miller also has a .938 save percentage in three appearances, including two starts. Despite the heavy volume of shots against, they've helped limit the team's goals-against average to 2.75, which is 12th-best in the NHL.
The Flyers haven't received nearly as quality of goaltending, a major reason why they're allowing a league-high 4.18 goals per game.
The Flyers have also struggled on the penalty kill, allowing a league-high 13 power-play goals for a league-worst kill rate of 67.5 percent. They've allowed six power-play goals in the past four games.
"We can't give up," Philadelphia center Scott Laughton told the Inquirer. "On the bench, you've got to stay positive, keep encouraging guys, and it's only these guys in here that's going to get us out of it. No one's going to feel sorry for us that we're under .500."
Updated October 30, 2018