NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, October 29th
(All times Eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (9-3-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (3-7-0), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Following their best offensive showing of the young
season, the Philadelphia Flyers aim for a third straight victory on Tuesday
night as they host the Anaheim Ducks.
The Flyers failed to score more than two goals in any of their first nine
games this season -- held to 13 goals in that span -- though that was still
enough to snap a four-game slide with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers last
Philadelphia finally broke through offensively on Saturday versus the New York
Islanders, netting three goals in the first period alone on the way to a 5-2
victory that featured Vincent Lecavalier's seventh career hat trick.
Lecavalier posted his first three-goal game since March 11, 2008 with Tampa
Bay, while Jakub Voracek and Matt Read also scored. Steve Mason made 26 saves
as Philly won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
"We have to keep pushing, try to go on a streak here and just keep playing the
same way," said Lecavalier.
Despite the win, head coach Craig Berube is still expected to alter his roster
a bit tonight. Defenseman Andrej Meszaros has been a healthy scratch in each
of the last five games, but is slated to replace Erik Gustafsson in the lineup
versus the Ducks.
Anaheim comes into this game 2-2-0 on an eight-game, 15-day road trip. The
Ducks picked up a 4-3 win over Columbus on Sunday, but did lose another player
to injury in the process.
Saku Koivu exited with a head injury after taking a high hit from the Blue
Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky in the second period. He did not return to the game
and has returned to Anaheim for further evaluation.
The Ducks are already playing without Jakob Silfverberg (broken right hand),
Dustin Penner (concussion) and Mathieu Perreault (left wrist) due to injury.
Corey Perry put home the game-winner in Sunday's victory with 2:25 to play. He
also had an assist, while Ryan Getzlaf, Emerson Etem and Peter Holland also
Frederik Anderson made 18 saves, getting the win after Perry controlled a
bouncing puck and faked a shot before lifting the puck past Blue Jackets
goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.
"One of those ones where it takes a weird hop and comes right to me," Perry
The Flyers snapped a three-game losing streak to the Ducks with a 4-3 overtime
victory in Anaheim on Dec. 2, 2011 in the last meeting. These clubs are
meeting in Philadelphia for first time since Oct. 21, 2010.
10/29 10:49:18 ET