PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: TEAM LOOK-AHEAD
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 FUTURE IS NOW
* 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.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
* 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