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Flyers-Kings preview: John Stevens trying to end his ex-team's streak

The Flyers will aim for their seventh straight win Monday and try to avoid being swept in regulation by Los Angeles in a series (minimum of two games) since the teams first met in 1967.

Brian Elliott, left, stops a shot by Alexander Radulov in overtime, helping the Flyers post a 2-1 win Saturday.
Brian Elliott, left, stops a shot by Alexander Radulov in overtime, helping the Flyers post a 2-1 win Saturday.Read moreCHARLES FOX

Kings (20-10-4) at Flyers (14-11-7)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday.

WHERE: Wells Fargo Center.


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KEY PLAYERS: The Kings have lost the first three games of their four-stop East Coast trip, falling to New Jersey, 5-1; the Rangers, 4-2; and the Islanders, 4-3, in overtime. They will try to salvage a victory and end the Flyers' six-game winning streak.

John Stevens, the first-year L.A coach, will be coaching at the Wells Fargo Center for the first time since he directed the Flyers in 2009.

Anze Kopitar (17 goals, 39 points), Dustin Brown (12 goals, 27 points), and Tyler Toffoli (15 goals) are Los Angeles' offensive leaders, and Drew Doughty (25 points, plus-15) anchors the NHL's stingiest defense (2.38 goals against per game). The Flyers were eighth in the league entering Sunday, allowing 2.75 goals per game.

Jonathan Quick, who blanked the Flyers in October, is 15-10-1 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. Backup goalie Darcy Kuemper (2.11 GAA, .934) has excelled in 10 appearances.

The Flyers can tie a bizarre NHL record: most consecutive victories immediately after a winless streak of at least 10 games. They have won six in a row, outscoring their opponents, 21-9, during that span.

Jake Voracek (NHL-high 33 assists, 40 points), Claude Giroux (13 goals, 35 points), and Sean Couturier (15 goals, 30 points) are the Flyers' top scorers. Ex-King Wayne Simmonds has 10 goals.

Rookie defenseman Robert Hagg leads the Flyers with a plus-15 rating, followed by Couturier (plus-13), Giroux (plus-9), and Michael Raffl (plus-8).

THINGS TO KNOW: Brian Elliott, 12-6-6 with a 2.61 GAA and .915 save percentage, will make his eighth straight start for the Flyers. … The Flyers' power play is ranked 15th, while the Kings' is 26th. … L.A.'s penalty kill is No. 1 in the league (86.7 percent); the Flyers' PK is 29th with a 76.9 percent success rate, but it has allowed just one PP goal over the last seven games. … There is a chance Michal Neuvirth will be activated and will serve as Elliott's backup.

HEAD TO HEAD: This is the second and final meeting between the teams this season. The host Kings registered a 2-0 win Oct. 5 as Trevor Lewis and Toffoli scored and Quick (35 saves) was flawless. The Flyers have an 86-40-15-5 advantage in the all-time series. The Kings have never swept a season series (minimum of two games) in regulation from the Flyers since the teams started meeting in 1967.


Wednesday: 8 p.m. vs. Detroit.

Friday: 7 p.m. at Buffalo.

Saturday: 7 p.m. at Columbus.