|10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 AM MST12:00 PM EST21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:� BRT, October 13, 2018
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attendance: 19,067
Injury-plagued Flyers face struggling Golden Knights
Vegas Golden Knights at Philadelphia Flyers
- The Golden Knights fell to the Penguins, 4-2, extending their streak of scoring two goals or fewer to five games to start the year. Last season, the longest the Knights went without scoring at least three goals was three games, done in January.
- Reilly Smith notched another goal for Vegas in the loss to Pittsburgh, giving him back-to-back games with a goal. He's got four streaks of at least three games with a goal in his career, most recently a four-game streak in January, 2016.
- These teams opened the season against each other in Las Vegas, with the Flyers skating away with a 5-2 victory. The Flyers also won in their only trip to Vegas last season, 4-1, but the Knights got a 3-2 win in Philadelphia last year.
- The Flyers beat the Senators, 7-4, in Ottawa on Wednesday. The seven goals are tied for their most in a road game since an 8-1 win in Carolina on November 11, 2010. Their 10 road games with at least seven goals since the 2010-11 season are the most in the NHL.
- Jakub Voracek recorded the league's first five-point game this season, scoring a pair of goals and adding three assists in the win over Ottawa. It also set a new career high for him -- he had four career games with at least four points prior to Wednesday.
- The Flyers have been solid in the second period with a +4 differential (tied for second in the NHL). However, Vegas has struggled with the long change, posting a league-worst -8 differential in the middle frame (scored two, allowed 10).
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The Philadelphia Flyers were hoping to build off the momentum of Wednesday's win as they prepared to host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.
Instead they were dealing with another injury Friday as right winger Travis Konecny left practice early after getting hit in the inside of his foot by a shot.
Philadelphia is already without left winger James van Riemsdyk (lower body injury) and center Nolan Patrick (upper body), both of whom went down in the past week.
"We're not going to sit here and feel sorry for ourselves," general manager Ron Hextall told reporters Friday. "We have more depth right now than I think we've had in the past. The guys now will go into a little bit more significant positions and have to produce."
The Flyers (2-2-0) are coming of a 7-4 road win against the Ottawa Senators. Jakub Voracek had two goals and three assists as Philadelphia bounced back from an 8-2 home loss to San Jose Tuesday. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist against Ottawa, Scott Laughton scored twice, and Radko Gudas had three assists.
"I think a lot of guys are feeling good about themselves after that game, offensively," Flyers forward Dale Weise told NHL.com. "Obviously, we don't want to take that many penalties (12), and we've got some work to do, but to get an effort like that and come back and score seven goals is huge."
Goalie Calvin Pickard made 31 saves in his first start with Philadelphia after he was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 2. Pickard was the Knights' first pick in the expansion draft nearly 16 months ago but was waived when the Knights claimed Malcolm Subban on waivers three days before the start of their inaugural season last October.
Saturday night's game is a rematch of opening night when the Flyers scored three goals in the second period and beat the Knights 5-2 in Las Vegas as Brian Elliott made 23 saves in his first career start versus Vegas.
The Knights have dropped three straight as they close out a five-game road trip. Vegas took a 1-0 lead against the Penguins Thursday night but couldn't hold it. Pittsburgh scored three times in a span of 7:03 during the second period of a 4-2 Penguins win.
"It's frustrating when you come in here and play a good team, and I feel like you control the game for pretty much the entire thing and little breaks cost us," Knights forward Reilly Smith told the Las Vegas Review Journal. "It's something we're going to have to keep our effort high and keep playing the way we're doing but limit those mistakes."
Tomas Nosek and Smith scored for Vegas (1-4-0) and Subban made 18 saves. The Knights have been outscored 19-10 in their first five games.
"We just have to keep working and stay with it," Knights coach Gerard Gallant told NHL.com. "We had a lot of good chances again tonight. The puck didn't go in the net until late in the game. So (we) have to stay with it and work hard. Sooner or later, it'll turn for us."
Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is 28-19-2 against the Flyers with a 2.94 goals-against average and .898 save percentage.
Updated October 12, 2018