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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 14, 2019
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 19,123

Sinking Flyers aim to break out versus Wild

Minnesota Wild at Philadelphia Flyers

  1. The Wild earned a pair of shutout wins over the Flyers last season, 1-0 and 3-0. Philadelphia had won the previous five games between the teams and was 12-3-1 in the clubs' head-to-head meetings from 2003-04 through 2016-17.
  2. Since December 6, the Wild have scored 27 goals in their seven wins (3.86 per game), compared to 11 goals in their 10 defeats (0-9-1). They are 6-0-0 in that stretch when scoring at least three goals, and 1-9-1 when scoring two or fewer.
  3. The Flyers' 2-1 win over Dallas on Thursday snapped a four-game home losing streak (0-3-1), during which Philadelphia allowed 15 goals. The Flyers have an NHL-worst 1-7-2 record post-Christmas; they have not won a game in which they trailed at any point since December 23.
  4. Zach Parise is one goal away from the ninth 20-goal season of his career; it would be his first since 2015-16. Parise, who has 40 points in 43 games, has not averaged a point per game in a full season since 2009-10, when he recorded 82 points in 81 games for New Jersey.
  5. Over the last three games, Sean Couturier has recorded points on five of the seven goals scored by the Flyers. This follows a six-game stretch in which Couturier managed only a single point. Exactly half of his goals this season (eight of 16) and half of his points (17 of 34) have come in the third period.
  6. The Wild have a plus-11 special-teams goal differential this season and have killed penalties at an 87.0-percent clip (40-for-46) since December 4. Philadelphia has a minus-21 goal differential on special teams for the season and has converted 9.2 percent of its power plays (6-for-65) since November 21.

After a promising victory over the Dallas Stars, the Philadelphia Flyers reverted back to their losing ways with a 3-2 loss on Saturday to the New Jersey Devils.

The Flyers will look to get back on track with a home game Monday against the Minnesota Wild.

Philadelphia went through a maddening eight-game losing streak -- with two of those losses coming in overtime -- before rallying for a 2-1 win over the visiting Stars on Thursday. But they couldn't maintain any positive momentum and fell on the road to the Devils.

That's nine losses in their last 10 games.

Rookie goaltender Carter Hart stopped 23 shots and James van Riemsdyk scored a goal in his second straight game, but it wasn't enough.

"Certainly it's been frustrating," van Riemsdyk told reporters. "We shoot ourselves in the foot a lot and it makes you have to chase the game a lot of the time. It's tough. We did do some good things, but ultimately we made some key mistakes and they ended up in the back of our net."

Hart, 20, has started nine games and owns a 3-5-1 record.

The Flyers have suited up and played seven goaltenders this season, tying a National Hockey League record. No team has ever used eight.

Philadelphia has lost games in a multitude of ways this season.

"I think a lot of guys are playing the right way, but it doesn't matter how many guys are playing the right way if you've got two costly mistakes. You can't outscore those two mistakes," Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon told reporters. "It's as simple as that."

The Wild struggled mightily in a 5-2 home loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Luke Kunin and Nino Niederreiter each scored for the Wild. Niederreiter notched his first goal in 13 games, which was a bright spot. Kunin's goal was his first of the season and also the first in 27 games since Oct. 31, 2017.

The Wild weren't able to generate much offense, especially in the second period with two shots on goal. Minnesota, which finished with a miniscule 19 shots, managed zero shots in the third period of its 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

Still, the Wild will enter this road game at Philadelphia with a 22-19-3 record. In 29 of these 44 games, the opponent has scored first.

"Effort. Compete. I don't know what it was," Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters. "I don't know if they were still tired from this road trip or what have you. I'm really disappointed with tonight's effort."

Minnesota's Zach Parise echoed similar thoughts.

"If you don't show up it doesn't matter who you're playing in this league you're gonna lose," Parise told reporters. "That was a perfect example of that tonight."

The Wild lost in front of a sellout crowd to the Red Wings, who had lost three consecutive games and nine of 10.

But the Wild were unable to put pressure in the offensive zone or defend in their own zone.

Boudreau, in his third season with the club, described the loss this way: "The worst game that we've played since I've been here as coach."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 13, 2019

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