National Hockey League

Metropolitan Division Preview: Philadelphia Flyers

With new head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench, the Flyers enter the 2019-20 season looking to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in three seasons and advance past the opening round for the first time since 2012.

* The Flyers have won each of their last three season-opening contests, outscoring opponents 14-7 including a 5-2 defeat of the Golden Knights to start 2018-19. They trail only the Lightning and Canucks for the longest active streak of season-opening victories (both 5-0-0).

* Fresh off his fourth season with at least 85 points, Claude Giroux (236-526—762 in 820 GP) sits 38 points shy of becoming the fourth player to record at least 800 points with the franchise.

* Jakub Voracek (195-444—639 in 846 GP), who looks for a seventh 20-goal season, can become the second member of the 2007 NHL Draft class to collect at least 700 career points – Patrick Kane (356-582—938 in 903 GP) is the only one to hit the mark, while Jamie Benn (281-368—649 in 745 GP) sits just ahead of him.

* Sean Couturier can join Jeff Carter (3; 2008-09—2010-11), John LeClair (5; 1995-96—1999-00) and Eric Lindros (4; 1995-96—1998-99) as just the fourth Flyers player in the last 25 years to record three straight 30-goal seasons.

* Shayne Gostisbehere (46-141—187 in 298 GP) sits 13 points shy of reaching the 200-point milestone in his NHL career. Only one defenseman has debuted with the Flyers and reached the mark in 350 games or fewer: Behn Wilson (313 GP).

* The Flyers selected Joel Farabee with the 14th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. He collected 17-19—36 in 37 GP with Boston University in 2018-19 en route to being named the NCAA (Hockey East) Rookie of the Year as well as the NCAA’s Top Collegiate Rookie. Farabee will celebrate his 20th birthday on Feb. 25.

* Carter Hart, 21, strung together wins in eight consecutive appearances from Jan. 14 – Feb. 9, 2019 en route to a 16-13-1 record in his rookie season (31 GP). Hart can become the second active goaltender to record 30 or more career regular-season wins before turning 22, in which he would join Carey Price (47).

A look at how players have fared historically in their debut game/season with the franchise:

First game with the Flyers. . .
Most goals: 2 (6x; last: Daniel Briere on Oct. 4, 2007)
Most assists: 3 (Al Hill on Feb. 14, 1977 and Paul Coffey on Dec. 19, 1996)
Most points: 5 (Al Hill on Feb. 14, 1977)

Most goals: 1 (7x; last: Derian Hatcher on Oct. 14, 2005)
Most assists: 3 (Paul Coffey on Dec. 19, 1996)
Most points: 3 (Paul Coffey on Dec. 19, 1996 and Eric Weinrich on Oct. 4, 2001)

Most saves: 42 (Michel Belhumeur on Nov. 15, 1972)
Shutout: Yes (4x; last: Ray Emery on Oct. 2, 2009)

First season with the Flyers. . .
Most goals: 45 (Reggie Leach in 1974-75)
Most assists: 56 (Peter Forsberg in 2005-06)
Most points: 82 (Mikael Renberg in 1993-94)

Most goals: 20 (Mark Howe in 1982-83)
Most assists: 47 (Mark Howe in 1982-83)
Most points: 67 (Mark Howe in 1982-83)

Most wins: 37 (Ron Hextall in 1986-87)
Most Shutouts: 10 (Roman Cechmanek in 2000-01)

— NHL Public Relations

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