NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, February 25th
(All times eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (26-24-9) at Philadelphia Flyers (32-17-9), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will shoot for their fifth win in
six games when they welcome the Los Angeles Kings for tonight's
interconference battle at the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers are second in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the Eastern
Conference with 73 points. Philadelphia trails New Jersey by six points for
the division lead and is two points ahead of Montreal in the East standings.
Philadelphia had a three-game winning streak halted Sunday by visiting
Pittsburgh, but rebounded with Tuesday's comeback victory in Washington. Jeff
Carter notched the game-winner as the Flyers used a three-goal third-period
burst to take down the Capitals, 4-2, at Verizon Center.
Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Arron Asham also lit the lamp for the Flyers
and Antero Niittymaki was stellar between the pipes, making 33 saves.
Martin Biron, who is 3-0 in four career starts against the Kings, is expected
to get the start in goal for the Flyers tonight.
The Flyers played without top defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who missed the game
with the flu and is questionable for tonight's test. He is the latest Flyer to
be struck down by the bug which has troubled the team for a month.
Philadelphia has lost three of its last five home tests, but is 17-8-3 as the
host this season. The Flyers are playing the first of two straight at the
Wachovia Center tonight and will also welcome Montreal to the City of
Brotherly Love for a matchup Friday night.
The Kings, meanwhile, began a five-game road trip on Tuesday with a win in
Minnesota. Drew Doughty made up for a costly giveaway by scoring the game-
winner in the shootout as Los Angeles clipped the Wild, 2-1, at Xcel Energy
Jack Johnson, another LA blueliner, had the lone regulation goal and Jonathan
Quick came up with 23 saves to get the win.
Kings captain Dustin Brown missed the game due to the birth of his second
child and is questionable for tonight's game as well.
After beginning February with four straight wins, the Kings dropped five of
the next six before Tuesday's triumph. LA is currently 12th in the Western
Conference standings, but is just four points out of a playoff spot.
LA is 13-11-1 as the visiting team this year and has won six of its last seven
on the road. After tonight, the Kings will continue their trek with Friday's
stop in Detroit.
The Flyers have won six of the last eight meetings with the Kings, but LA
recorded a 2-1 shootout victory over visiting Philly on January 3. The Kings
have dropped three straight and eight of their last nine tests in the City of
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