Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings Game Preview

Dec 23, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) celebrates his empty net goal with center Brayden Schenn (10) against the Minnesota Wild during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Wild, 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Flyers (26-23-6) will take on the Los Angeles Kings (30-20-6) in the second game of their three-game California road trip. Game time is 4pm and the game will be televised on the NHL Network. The Flyers were defeated by the Anaheim Ducks in the first game of the trip Thursday night. You can find Flyers vs. LA Kings tickets still available if you;re looking to attend the game.

The Flyers are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games and sport a 12-13-5 record on the road this season. Despite the loss to the Ducks, the Flyers have looked much better in their last two games. They had a strong all-around effort against Detroit and played relatively well against the Ducks. Unfortunately, as close as the Metropolitan Division is, the Flyers cannot settle for ‘almost’ or ‘good effort’, they need to win games. The Flyers have no injuries, although Kimmo Timonen had his even strength ice time limited to 10:53 on Thursday night after suffering an apparent foot injury against Detroit.

The Kings are going through a slump of their own right now. They are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games and have only scored three goals in their last five games. They still sit in third place in the Pacific Division. The Kings sport a 16-8-3 record at home. Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in points with 43 (16G, 27A) through 56 games. Jonathan Quick missed a large portion of the season due to an injury, but he is back and playing well.

Notes:

-Almost every story today revolves around Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. The two former Flyers were integral pieces of the Flyers 2010 Stanley Cup Finals run and were dealt in the summer of 2011. Carter was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets and then later dealt to the LA Kings. Richards was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings directly. This will be the first time Carter faces the Flyers and the second time Richards faces the team he used to captain. This will be the first time the duo faces the Flyers together.

-Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds, the players the Flyers acquired from Los Angeles in 2011, should also be excited about facing their old team. Both have grown to be central pieces to the Flyers are are showing a lot of promise.

-If the Flyers are going to hang with the Kings, they will have to put the puck in the net. The Kings may be slumping offensively, but with weapons like Kopitar, Williams, Carter, and Richards, it is difficult to count out their offense. They also play a defensively sound system and are one of the top possession teams in the NHL. They are the top team in the NHL in goals against average (2.07) and have held their opponent to one goal or less on 19 occasions this season.

-The Flyers have now slipped to 5th in the Metropolitan Division. However, only two points separate 3rd and 7th. The Flyers need to come out of this California road trip with a few points to keep themselves in the divisional race.

Topics: Brayden Schenn, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers, Wayne Simmonds

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