NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 25th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (10-10-2) at Florida Panthers (6-13-5), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try to stay hot by posting
a seventh win in eight games when they visit the Florida Panthers in Monday's
clash at BankAtlantic Center.
The Flyers have played their best hockey of the season over the past few
weeks, earning a point in seven straight games thanks to a 6-0-1 mark during
that stretch. The club has posted a pair of three-game winning streaks during
the tear and notched a third straight victory with Saturday's 5-2 triumph over
the visiting New York Islanders.
After Saturday's win against the Islanders, the Flyers have outscored the
opposition by a 14-5 margin during their current three-game run. Philadelphia
has scored 27 times over the last seven games after registering only 22 goals
through its first 15 contests.
Matt Read and his linemates have been a big reason for the recent scoring
surge. Read posted his second consecutive two-goal effort to help the Flyers
down the Islanders on Saturday.
"I'd say a little bit of luck, being in the right spot at the right time,"
Read said of his recent goal success. "My line mates are doing all the work
and I've just been benefiting from them. I give all the credit to those two.
We'll just keep working together, and hopefully continue to have success."
Read's line, which features centerman Sean Couturier and physical winger Steve
Downie, has combined for 13 points over the last three games. Downie has
posted six assists in seven games since coming over in a trade with Colorado
last month and Philly is 5-1-1 with him in the lineup this season.
Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux added a goal and assist each for the Flyers
on Saturday. Brayden Schenn also posted a late tally to back 36 saves from
Philadelphia hopes to carry its momentum on the road after going 3-0 on its
recent homestand. The Flyers, who are 4-3-2 as the visitor this season, are
playing two straight and eight of their next nine away from the City of
The Flyers have a good chance of beginning this road-heavy portion of their
schedule on a positive note, considering Philly has won five straight over the
Panthers in South Florida. The Flyers have claimed seven of 10 from the
Florida enters Monday's home test having lost two straight at the end of a
five-game road trip. The Panthers went 2-2-1 during the swing and completed
the trek with Friday's shootout loss in Calgary.
Sean Monahan scored the clincher during the sixth round of the shootout to
lift the Flames to a 4-3 decision over Florida. The Panthers didn't make it
easy on Calgary, rallying from a 3-1 deficit on third-period goals from Jimmy
Hayes and Marcel Goc before scoring twice while facing elimination during the
shootout to extend the matchup to a sixth round.
Tim Thomas finished with 21 saves for Florida, which also received a
regulation goal from Tom Gilbert.
"It was a heck of an effort for these guys to come back in the situation,"
said Panthers interim coach Peter Horachek. "I don't think the second period
was that great, but to come back in the third -- them scoring and still coming
back -- I think it was a really strong effort."
The Panthers hope to build off Saturday's solid effort when they begin a five-
game road trip tonight. Florida is only 3-4-3 as the home club this season,
but the Cats did halt a five-game slide as the host when it beat Anaheim on
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