NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, November 26th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (10-6-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (11-9-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try to extend their season-
high winning streak to six games tonight, when they visit the Carolina
Hurricanes at the RBC Center in the opener of a home-and-home series.
The Flyers notched their fifth consecutive victory with a home triumph over
the Dallas Stars on Monday. Mike Knuble scored two goals, including the game-
winner with 5:08 remaining in the third period, to lift Philly to the 4-3
decision at the Wachovia Center.
Jeff Carter and Scottie Upshall also scored for the Flyers. Simon Gagne
collected two assists to extend his point streak to eight games (three goals
and 10 assists), while Martin Biron made 22 saves to improve to 8-5-2 on the
Carter pushed his goal-scoring streak to three games, as he notched his fourth
tally in that span. The 23-year-old winger comes into tonight's test with 15
goals, tying him with Buffalo's Thomas Vanek for the league lead.
In addition to winning five straight contests, the Flyers have also recorded a
point in their last seven outings (6-0-1).
Philadelphia is 5-2-3 as the visiting team this year, but has a 3-0-1 mark in
its last four games on the road. The Flyers will host the Hurricanes on Friday
afternoon to complete the home-and-home set.
On the injury front, Flyers forward Danny Briere (groin) has missed the last
six games and is not expected to play tonight, although he did make the trip
Carolina has lost two straight games on the heels of a three-game winning
streak and is 3-5-0 in its last eight contests.
The Hurricanes were in action Monday night in Florida and were handed a 3-2
setback as Ville Peltonen scored twice to lead the Panthers at BankAtlantic
Tuomo Ruutu and Chad LaRose lit the lamp for Carolina, which had its season-
high three-game winning streak snapped Sunday with a 5-2 loss to Nashville.
Sergei Samsonov registered two assists and Michael Leighton allowed three
goals on 22 shots in defeat.
The Hurricanes are 6-5-0 as the host this season and had a three-game home
winning streak ended Sunday by the Predators.
Philadelphia has won five of seven and six of the last nine encounters with
the Hurricanes. The Flyers have also taken two in a row and four of their
previous five tests in Raleigh.
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