NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, October 28th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (2-3-3) at Atlanta Thrashers (2-4-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try to keep moving in the
right direction when they visit the Atlanta Thrashers tonight at Philips
The Flyers began the 2008-09 campaign on a six-game losing streak, but
rebounded with a home-and-home sweep of the rival New Jersey Devils this
Tonight, Philly will try to continue its success against the Thrashers, a team
that has lost 10 in a row to the Broad Street Bullies. The Flyers have won 13
of 14 and 15 of the last 17 encounters overall.
Atlanta hasn't defeated the Flyers since posting a 6-5 overtime victory in
Philadelphia on November 18, 2005. Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki will
likely get the start tonight, as he's 9-0 with a 1.68 goals against average in
his career against Atlanta.
Philadelphia notched a 6-3 decision in New Jersey on Friday and then posted an
overtime decision in the return trip on Saturday afternoon.
Jeff Carter scored with 1:16 left in OT to lift the Flyers to the 3-2 decision
at the Wachovia Center.
Shortly after Simon Gagne almost ended the game and a noxious substance was
thrown on the ice, resulting in a delay of several minutes, Ossi Vaananen
threw a shot on net from the right point that Carter tipped past Martin
Brodeur as he was falling to the ice.
Mike Knuble and Scott Hartnell each scored for the Flyers, while Martin Biron
stopped 29 shots in the win.
The Flyers are 1-1-2 as the visiting team this season. After tonight's
contest, Philly will return home for a two-game residency that is scheduled to
begin Thursday against the New York Islanders.
Atlanta, meanwhile, is back home tonight after losing all three tests on a
recent road trip.
After dropping games in Tampa and Detroit, the Thrashers made it an 0-2-1
swing with Saturday's setback in Boston. Milan Lucic scored his third goal of
the game with 1:41 left in the contest to lead the Bruins to a 5-4 win over
Ilya Kovalchuk, Slava Kozlov and Mathieu Schneider each had a goal and an
assist for the Thrashers. Johan Hedberg made 28 stops in the loss.
Atlanta is 2-2-0 as the host team this season, but will follow tonight's tilt
with a two-game road trip. The Thrashers will visit the New York Rangers on
Thursday and stop in New Jersey on Saturday.
10/28 10:52:19 ET