NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, January 2nd
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (20-10-7) at Anaheim Ducks (19-15-4), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - While the Flyers will be without one of their top scorers,
that might not matter with Martin Biron in net. Biron should get a chance to
win his eighth game in as many starts versus the Ducks tonight, as
Philadelphia continues its road trip tonight with a stop in Anaheim at the
The Flyers will be without Simon Gagne tonight after the forward suffered a
strained shoulder after taking a hit by Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa just 15
seconds into Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Canucks.
Gagne is expected to miss 7-to-10 days with the injury. He has 18 goals and 22
assists in 36 games this year after being limited to just 18 points in 25
games last year due to concussion issues.
Biron stopped 29 shots in Tuesday's win and is a perfect 7-0-0 with a 1.00
goals against average and three shutouts in seven all-time starts versus the
Ducks. He has halted 168-of-175 shots faced in that span.
Jeff Carter will try to pick up the scoring slack left by Gagne's absence.
Carter scored his NHL-leading 27th goal on Tuesday, while Scott Hartnell and
Jonathon Kalinski also lit the lamp. For Kalinski, it was his first-career
Defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Matt Carle both returned from one-game absence's
due to injury and helped Philadelphia snap a two-game losing streak to begin
its six-game road trip. The Flyers, who are two points back of the first-place
New York Rangers in the Atlantic Division, are 8-6-4 on the road this year and
still have visits to Los Angles and Washington left on the trek.
The Ducks began a four-game homestand on Wednesday, but were blanked by the
Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-0, as rookie Steve Mason stopped all 27 shots Anaheim
fired his way.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere took the loss despite a 27-save effort, as the Ducks
lost for the fourth time in their last five games. Anaheim was also shut out
for the second time this season.
Giguere is 2-2-0 with a tie and 4.15 GAA in five games versus the Flyers.
Ryan Getzlaf had a five-game point streak (1 goal, 5 assists) end in the loss.
Getzlaf leads the Ducks with 28 assists and 42 points and is tied with the
injured Teemu Selanne for the club lead in goals with 14.
Anaheim is 10-8-2 at home this season.
The Flyers have won two straight and four of their last five meetings with the
Ducks, including a 3-0 home win last season. Philadelphia has also won two of
its last three trips to Anaheim.
01/02 10:49:49 ET