NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, January 25th (All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (24-11-10-5) at Washington Capitals (14-28-5-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia Flyers will take aim at their third straight win tonight, when they skate with the Washington Capitals in the first of a three-game road trip at the MCI Center.
Philadelphia has won four of its last five overall to increase its Atlantic lead to four points over the New Jersey Devils. The Flyers continued their solid play with a 2-1 win over Buffalo on Saturday.
Jeremy Roenick registered both goals for the Flyers in the contest, while Mike Comrie, Mark Recchi and John LeClair posted assists.
Robert Esche made 25 saves in the winning effort. Esche, who is getting a chance to start with Jeff Hackett out due to vertigo, is 14-6-4 between the pipes this season.
Philadelphia, which has acquired defensemen Danny Markov and Mattias Timander in the last week to fill holes because of injuries, has surrendered no more than two goals in each of its last four wins.
The Flyers are 4-2-2 in their last eight road tilts, improving to 9-7-8-2 on foreign ice for the season.
Life without Jaromir Jagr began with a thud Friday night for the Capitals, as they fell 4-1 to the Florida Panthers.
Prior to the contest, the Capitals finally dealt Jagr to the New York Rangers. The deal for the five-time scoring champion reportedly had been in the works since last June's NHL Entry Draft. The trade sends Jagr to New York in exchange for forward Anson Carter, who began his NHL career with Washington in 1996. Carter is expected to play for the Caps this evening.
Joel Kwiatkowski scored the only goal for the Capitals, who now have a five- game road losing streak. Washington had a four-game unbeaten streak in Sunrise coming into the contest (2-0-2).
A beleaguered Olaf Kolzig faced 18:58 of Florida power play time and 39 shots in the game, including 21 in the second period. He made 35 saves.
Washington forward Peter Bondra left the game with the flu. Meanwhile, Robert Lang extended his points streak to seven games with an assist on Kwiatkowski's goal.
The Capitals are 3-1-1 in their last five home games this season, pushing their MCI Center mark to 8-12-3-1.
Philadelphia won the first meeting of the season between these clubs, 4-2, at the Wachovia Center on November 6. The Flyers have won seven of the last nine meetings overall. However, Philly has lost two straight and six of its last eight at Washington.
01/25 10:11:13 ET