The Philadelphia Flyers look to feed off the momentum of a successful road trip on Thursday when they bid to complete a home-and-home sweep of the Arizona Coyotes in the opener of a season-high five-game homestand. The Flyers went 3-0-1 on their four-game trek versus Pacific Division foes to improve to 5-3-1 on the road, but they have yielded 26 goals while posting a 2-4-0 mark at Wells Fargo Center.
"We're happy with our trip," forward Sean Couturier said, per Philly.com. "Seven out of eight points is pretty good. But we can't be satisfied. We have to have a good stretch at home and build on this trip and keep climbing the standings." Couturier scored and set up a goal in Monday's 5-2 win at Arizona to give him four points on the trek, while fellow forwards Nolan Patrick and Oskar Lindblom each had two goals and four assists during their respective four-game point streaks. The Coyotes, who saw their five-game winning streak halted on Monday, will look to regain their footing in the face of a challenging road trip that features four games in six days. "You might not feel good, your best, but you've still got to have that mental toughness, and you can still win games when you don't feel good," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. "... I thought on the homestand there was a couple games we were a little sluggish, but we hung in there and won the game and that's the mentality we have to have."
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ABOUT THE COYOTES (7-6-0): Michael Grabner has spurred Arizona's recent run of good fortune by scoring in his second straight game Monday to boost his point total to six (four goals, two assists) in his last five contests after mustering just one in his previous eight. "We wanted to work our way back in the picture and we did that (on the homestand)," the speedy 31-year-old said. "We're right in the mix now, but obviously still a lot of games, a lot of hockey left until the end here." Like Grabner, Clayton Keller is also enjoying a five-game point streak (two goals, three assists) while fellow forward Alex Galchenyuk's power-play tally on Monday earned him his fifth point (two goals, three assists) in his last five contests.
ABOUT THE FLYERS (7-7-1): Captain Claude Giroux collected two goals and an assist on Monday to give him three of each on the just-completed trek and boost his point total to 12 (four goals, eight assists) on the road as opposed to just five at home this season. "Before the road trip, we thought this could be a good thing for us," the 30-year-old said. "Get on the same page, play as a team. We did a really good job of that." Fellow forwards Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds are riding three-game point streaks while defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere scored and set up a goal against Arizona to give him three points in his last four.
1. Arizona's Darcy Kuemper will draw the start after the team placed fellow G Antti Raanta (lower body) on injured reserve Wednesday.
2. The Flyers' 29th-ranked penalty kill (69.1 percent) has yielded at least one power-play goal in eight straight contests.
3. Coyotes D Oliver Ekman-Larsson has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his last eight games after failing to dent the scoresheet in his previous five.
PREDICTION: Coyotes 4, Flyers 2 Bet Now
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