While Hall of Famer Allen Iverson was long considered "The Answer" in basketball circles, that same nickname has been resurrected on the ice in Philadelphia. Jakub Voracek and captain Claude Giroux have presented new linemate Sean Couturier with that moniker for the Flyers, who play the second contest of a five-game homestand versus the Florida Panthers.

"(Couturier is) a very responsible guy on both sides of the puck, and it shows," Voracek told Philly.com after Monday's practice. "He creates more space for me and 'G' on offense. It feels like he always has the answer for whatever we say. We call him 'The Answer.'" The trio has been right on the money with 22 points (six goals, 16 assists), including Giroux's two-goal, two-assist performance on Saturday as Philadelphia erupted for its highest goal output in a regular-season game in six years with an 8-2 shellacking of Washington. The Flyers are scoring 4.20 goals per game this season but will need to contend with Roberto Luongo, who is one win away from passing Curtis Joseph (454) and moving into fourth place on the NHL's all-time list. "It's nice to be mentioned in the same sentence with guys like that and I'll probably look back on it at some point," the 38-year-old Luongo said. "But right now I'm just trying to win games for this hockey team."

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ABOUT THE PANTHERS (2-2-0): Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and increased his team co-leading point total to five (three goals, two assists) in Saturday's 4-3 setback to Pittsburgh. "We had a lot of chances. We missed some chances too," Huberdeau said. "I think it could've gone either way, but it happens. We just have to go to the next one." Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck are each riding four-game point streaks while Evgenii Dadonov set up a pair of goals versus the Penguins, raising his team-leading assist total to four.

ABOUT THE FLYERS (3-2-0): Giroux has made a seamless transition from shifting from right to left wing on the new line. "When you're playing the wing, you're trying to make them lose you and trying to find the open ice," said the 29-year-old Giroux, who has three goals and four assists this season. "Jake and Coots are good at holding onto the puck, so it gives me time to get open." Giroux notched a pair of assists versus Florida last season and Voracek (team-leading nine assists) scored and set up a goal, but Couturier (three goals, three assists, plus-8) was held off the scoresheet against the Panthers.


1. Philadelphia won all three encounters versus Florida in 2016-17.

2. Panthers C Nick Bjugstad, who has two multi-point performances this season, was held off the scoresheet in all three games versus the Flyers in 2016-17.

3. Philadelphia D Shayne Gostisbehere, who is a Florida native, has five assists in his last two contests.

PREDICTION: Flyers 3, Panthers 1