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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ETNaN:� BRT, February 12, 2019
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota  Attendance: 18,607

Flyers aim to get back on track at Minnesota

Philadelphia Flyers at Minnesota Wild

  1. After suffering shutout losses in both meetings with the Wild a season ago, Philadelphia scored a 7-4 home-ice victory over Minnesota last month. Since 2002-03, the Flyers are 5-4-0-0 in Minnesota, with three of the four defeats coming via shutouts.
  2. The Flyers saw their 10-game point streak (9-0-1) come to an end in Monday's 4-1 home loss to the Penguins. Philadelphia has won a season-best three straight road games on the heels of a six-game losing string away from home (0-5-1).
  3. Sunday's 2-1 road loss to the Islanders marked the fifth time in the last 10 games that Minnesota has been held to three goals or fewer. Since December 15, the Wild are scoring an NHL-worst 1.55 goals per game at home (17 goals in 11 games) and are 3-6-2 on home ice.
  4. James van Riemsdyk registered a hat trick -- on only three shots -- in the Flyers' January 14 win over the Wild. Van Riemsdyk, who had only one goal in his previous 11 games against the Wild, has only one goal in seven home games since that date.
  5. Zach Parise is two points away from the ninth 50-point season of his career; it would be his fourth in a Wild uniform. To date, only two Wild players have had at least four 50-point seasons: Mikko Koivu (seven) and Marian Gaborik (five).
  6. Current Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher served in that capacity for the Wild for nine seasons, from 2009-10 through 2017-18. Fletcher was at the helm for 386 of the franchise's 679 regular-season wins in its history (56.8 percent).

The Philadelphia Flyers don't have to wait long for a chance to rebound from their first regulation defeat in a month.

They will attempt to do so while also looking for a season sweep of the struggling Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

Trying to make it into the Eastern Conference playoff conversation, Philadelphia was one of the hottest teams in the NHL while riding a 9-0-1 stretch. However, the fun, at least momentarily, ended Monday night with a 4-1 home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flyers, who averaged 3.8 goals during their run of success, outshot the Penguins 51-28, but they managed only Jakub Voracek's third goal in four games late in the game while on a five-minute power play.

Philadelphia's previous loss in regulation came at New Jersey on Jan. 12.

"We have to turn the page," Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov said postgame Monday, according to the team's Twitter feed. "It's just one of those games when you can't get any by them. If we continue to play the way we played (Monday), we will win a lot of games."

Flyers 20-year-old netminder Carter Hart made 24 saves as his eight-game winning streak ended. Anthony Stolarz, though, could be in goal for the finale of the back-to-back. Stolarz has stopped 75 of 77 total shots and recorded a shutout in his past two starts.

"We need to refocus and start a new streak (Tuesday)," Philadelphia forward Sean Couturier told reporters.

Philadelphia should feel confident about a bounce-back considering it beat Minnesota 7-4 on Jan. 14 to open an eight-game winning streak. James van Riemsdyk recorded his fourth-career hat trick, and Nolan Patrick had two goals and two assists as the Flyers overcame an early 2-0 hole for their first win over Minnesota since March 23, 2017.

The Wild are 1-3-2 since the All-Star break and will try to avoid a third consecutive defeat at home. Minnesota, which went into the break a winner of three in a row, is one of many teams in the mix for a playoff spot in what has become a crowded Western Conference postseason race.

"You've just got to understand it's playoff hockey time and every point matters," Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk told NHL.com. "It's going to be this way down to the wire.

"You start seeing teams creeping up. ... You realize it's real, everybody is there and these are good hockey teams."

Minnesota has struggled with offensive inconsistency in February. The Wild, who are opening a four-game homestand, totaled nine goals in their final two contests before the break, but have just 14 in the past six. They've been held to one goal in three of those games.

Wild veteran Eric Staal had four goals and six assists in seven games from Jan. 14-Feb. 1 but has gone without a point in the five contests that have followed. Staal did have two assists against the Flyers last month.

Dubnyk, who owns a 1-3-1 record this month, was pulled after he allowed five goals on 20 shots in the first 40 minutes of the Jan. 14 loss at Philadelphia.

Voracek has three goals with six assists during a seven-game point streak, and he has 13 points in the past 12 contests. Van Riemsdyk has just three points and no goals in his past seven games.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 12, 2019

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