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6:30 PM PT7:30 PM MT8:30 PM CT9:30 PM ET2:30 GMT10:30 7:30 PM MST9:30 PM EST6:30 UAE (+1)21:30 ET0:30 BRT, December 11, 2019
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 17,905

Flyers without Konecny as they visit Avalanche

Philadelphia Flyers at Colorado Avalanche

  1. These clubs haven't met since a pair of meetings in October 2018, when the Avalanche outscored the Flyers 9-3 to sweep the season series. Colorado is a league-best 8-1-2 (.818) against the Eastern Conference this season.
  2. Since the start of November, the Flyers are 12-3-4 to tie Washington, Dallas and Winnipeg for the league lead with 28 points. Philadelphia has won six of eight on the road since the beginning of November after going 1-4-1 away from home in October.
  3. Colorado had a season-high six-game winning streak snapped with a 5-4 overtime loss to Calgary on Monday but now could match its longest point streak of the season (7-0-1 from October 3-19). The Avalanche have scored 3+ goals in eight straight games, their longest streak since December 2010.
  4. Carter Hart is 8-1-2 with a 1.62 goals-against average in 11 home games this season but is 2-5-1 with a 3.78 GAA in eight road appearances. That -2.16 GAA differential is the largest in the league (minimum 5 road and home games). Hart is 4-0-0 with a 1.51 GAA in his last four starts overall -- all at home.
  5. Nathan MacKinnon has failed to record a point in just one of his 13 home games this season and ranks fourth in the league with 1.69 points per game at home. Since the beginning of March, his 36 points at home trail only Connor McDavid (51) and Leon Draisaitl (47).
  6. Joonas Donskoi had a goal and an assist Monday and already has 13 goals and 27 points after 30 games. His previous career highs at this point were eight goals and 14 points in 2017-18. Donskoi's 12 points (4g, 8a) in the last eight games are his most in any eight-game span of his career.

The Philadelphia Flyers knew their three-game road swing through the Western Conference would be a tough one, and it became more arduous when they lost their best player to a concussion.

Forward Travis Konecny, the 22-year-old leading scorer on the team, is out indefinitely with a concussion suffered in a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. Their first game without the young star is Wednesday night at the Colorado Avalanche.

Things got a little worse for Philadelphia when forward Philippe Myers, who is also 22, left Monday's practice with back spasms and could miss Wednesday's game.

"Both guys have played really well for us," Flyers forward Matt Niskanen told reporters. "Hopefully they come back; we've been on a pretty good run here. But it gives somebody an opportunity and it tests us a little bit -- and that's OK, early in the year, you're going to have to learn to deal with things."

The Avalanche are familiar with the adversity that comes with injuries. They have 95 man-games lost to injury so far this season, with the top two goaltenders as well as some of their best forwards and defensemen sitting out at times this season.

Defensemen Erik Johnson (lower body) and Cale Makar (upper body) are unlikely to play against Philadelphia. The team's No. 1 goaltender, Philipp Grubauer, missed Monday's overtime loss to Calgary with a lower-body injury suffered in Boston on Saturday night. He may be on track to return after the Avalanche reassigned goaltender Adam Werner to the AHL's Colorado Eagles.

Colorado could also get back second-line center Nazem Kadri, who has missed the last three games with a lower-body injury suffered in Toronto a week ago. He was practicing on Tuesday while Makar skated on his own in a non-contact jersey.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar told reporters after Tuesday's practice that Makar, the NHL's leading scorer among rookies (eight goals, 20 assists), is doubtful for the game against the Flyers.

Despite the injuries, the Avalanche have surged of late. They are 6-0-1 over the last seven games and rallied from two goals down in the third period to earn a point against the Flames.

"We've had EJ down for a little bit, who's a huge part of our back end, and obviously Cale is also a big part, especially on that power play, but I mean we have guys that can step in," defenseman Ryan Graves, who had a goal Monday, said after the loss to Calgary. "We're confident in our depth and as you see, when we turn it on, we're still a good team regardless of who is in the lineup."

Colorado has thrived in its first 11 games against the Eastern Conference, going 8-1-2 with the only regulation loss coming at home against Toronto. The Avalanche got revenge a week later and has swept the season series from Boston, including handing the Bruins their only regulation loss at home.

The Flyers are 4-4-2 against the Western Conference but have a chance to improve on that with games at Colorado, Minnesota and Winnipeg.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 10, 2019

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