Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
Kings-Flyers Preview
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

Kings-Flyers Preview

Published Nov. 16, 2015 9:21 p.m. ET

The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Los Angeles Kings twice last season while totaling four regulation goals, and it'll likely have to happen in similar modest fashion if another win is in order.

The teams meet for the first time in 2015-16 on Tuesday night in Philadelphia with the low-scoring Flyers trying to derail the first-place Kings for the third straight time.

The Flyers are coming off Saturday's 3-2 overtime win in Carolina, failing to score three regulation goals for the eighth time in nine games, and their 1.88 per game ranks near the bottom of the league.

Jakub Voracek at least finally found the net, scoring his first goal 37 seconds into overtime.


"I almost forgot how that feels," said Voracek, who entered 2015-16 with three straight seasons of at least 22 goals.

The Flyers lost forward Ryan White to an upper-body injury that's expected to keep him out as much as four weeks, and coach Dave Hakstol has responded to injury and a lack of production by retooling his lines.

He's moving Brayden Schenn from a healthy scratch to the first line with Claude Giroux and Voracek. Michael Raffl took White's spot with Chris VandeVelde and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.

"We've got Whitey out of the lineup, so that changes things throughout our lineup," Hakstol told the team's official website. "I think Raff can go and do a good job with the other two guys on that line, and looking at Brayden with Giroux and Voracek, he's played there in the past, and certainly it's a good opportunity for him."

The win over the Hurricanes moved Philadelphia to 2-6-2 after a 4-2-1 start, while Los Angeles has gone the other way. The Kings opened 0-3-0 but are 11-3-0 since while limiting opponents to 1.71 goals per game.

Los Angeles is 4-1-0 on the road, and the Flyers are suffering through an 0-3-1 span at home with 17 goals allowed.

The Kings, who lost 3-2 in overtime and 2-1 to the Flyers last season, have won consecutive games after Saturday's 4-3 home victory over Edmonton. They've posted a 20-for-21 penalty kill in the last seven heading into a five-game road trip against the Eastern Conference.

Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist Saturday after managing a goal and an assist in the first 16 games. Tanner Pearson had a goal and two assists, giving him seven points in his last six. Milan Lucic has scored in three of his last four games after managing two in his first 13 with his new team.

"(Gaborik) was good early," coach Darryl Sutter told the Kings' official website. "Tanner's been good. Isn't that what (Gaborik's) supposed to do? So how important is it? Pretty important ... it's not really any magic or some recipe there. He's supposed to produce."

The same goes for Jonathan Quick, but Los Angeles' No. 1 goaltender has been a little shaky lately. He's posted a 2.84 goals-against average over a 2-3-0 span despite never facing more than 26 shots. Backup Jhonas Enroth is 3-0-0 with a 0.67 GAA.

Quick is 4-3-1 with a 1.88 GAA in eight career games against the Flyers, who could use more from Steve Mason.

Mason beat Carolina but has a 3.42 GAA over a 1-3-1 span. He's won his last two against Los Angeles with one goal allowed and a .986 save percentage.


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