NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, October 20th (All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (4-1-2) at Philadelphia Flyers (5-1-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers aim for their fifth consecutive victory this evening, when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers are 5-1-0 on the year and are off to a much better start than last season. In fact, Philadelphia didn't win its fifth game of the 2006-07 campaign until November 24.
Philadelphia was in action Thursday evening against the rival New Jersey Devils. Martin Biron made 38 saves for his second shutout in three days and the Flyers used a three-goal surge in the second period to defeat the visiting Devils, 4-0.
Biron, who also blanked the visiting Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday, stopped 15 shots in the first period, 12 more in the second and 11 in the third for his 20th career shutout. The former Buffalo Sabres goaltender has gone 137 minutes and 22 seconds without allowing a goal.
Mike Richards, Sami Kapanen, Joffrey Lupul and Jim Dowd scored for the Flyers, who have won four straight games for the first time since March 18-25, 2006.
Tonight's test is the finale of a four-game homestand for the Flyers, who are 3-0 so far on home ice. Philadelphia will begin a season-high, eight-game road trip Wednesday at Florida.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes had a three-game winning streak going before getting dealt a shootout loss in Pittsburgh on Friday. Sidney Crosby scored the deciding goal in the shootout, lifting the Penguins over the Hurricanes, 4-3, at Mellon Arena.
After teammates Erik Christensen and Petr Sykora also tallied, Crosby skated in on net, faked a shot and easily slid the puck around Carolina's Cam Ward. Pens' netminder Dany Sabourin, who allowed goals to Matt Cullen and Jeff Hamilton, made a glove save on Ray Whitney's wrist shot to close out the contest.
Whitney, Trevor Letowski and Justin Williams all scored in regulation for Carolina, which had a three-game win streak halted. Rod Brind'Amour had two assists and Ward made 26 saves.
The Hurricanes are wrapping up a six-game road trip tonight and will begin a three-game homestand Monday against Vancouver.
The Flyers have won two of three and four of the last seven meetings with Carolina. The Hurricanes have also been handed losses in two of their last three trips to Philadelphia.
10/20 10:26:59 ET