NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, December 31st (All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (24-8-5) at Washington Capitals (12-20-3), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try to extend their winning streak to six games today, as they continue their 11-game road trip against the Washington Capitals.
The Flyers started their recent streak with a home win against Ottawa before rattling off victories in the first five games of their epic swing.
The most recent triumph came Thursday night in Carolina. Sami Kapanen scored his second overtime goal in as many nights to lift Philadelphia past the Hurricanes, 4-3.
Kapanen also lit the lamp in the extra session to defeat Atlanta on Wednesday, and now has 33 game-winners in his career.
Simon Gagne added a goal and an assist and Freddy Meyer scored his first NHL goal for the Flyers. Antero Niittymaki made 25 saves in the win.
The Flyers, who lead the Atlantic Division with 53 points, had also won six straight October 30-November 12.
Overall this year, Philadelphia is 11-3-2 on the road. The Flyers' next stop on the trip is Monday's game in Boston.
Meanwhile, the Capitals have dropped two in a row, including Wednesday's 7-2 blowout loss in New Jersey. Brian Rafalski had two goals and an assist to lead the Devils in the rout.
Alexander Ovechkin and Brian Sutherby each scored for the Capitals who have lost their last two games after a two-game winning streak. Ovechkin leads all rookies in goals (22) and points (42) this season.
Olaf Kolzig, who relieved starter Brent Johnson after he left in the second period with a groin injury, allowed five goals on 21 shots. Johnson stopped 15 of 17 shots before leaving.
The Caps, who are 8-8-2 at the MCI Center this year, begin a six-game homestand tonight.
Philadelphia pounded Washington, 8-1, on November 3 at the Wachovia Center and has won four of the last five meetings.
12/31 10:33:09 ET