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Friday, November 26th
(All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (8-11-2) at Philadelphia Flyers (15-6-2), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will shoot for a fourth straight
victory when they welcome the Calgary Flames for a matinee at the Wells
The Atlantic Division-leading Flyers have won three straight and Peter
Laviolette's club has six victories in its last eight trips to the ice.
Philly is back home after posting a blowout victory Wednesday night in
Minnesota. Danny Briere, Andreas Nodl and Ville Leino each posted a goal and
assist each to lift the Flyers to a 6-1 victory over the Wild.
Jeff Carter and Jody Shelley also lit the lamp for the Flyers, while Sergei
Bobrovsky needed to make just 15 saves for his 12th win of the season.
"Well I don't know if it's simple, but the guys are working really hard," said
Laviolette. "There is confidence in what we are doing. We tried to carry that
over from last year. We've got good players in the locker room. They work
hard, they're consistent in their work ethic."
The Flyers will play tomorrow in New Jersey, but three of Philadelphia's next
four games will be on home ice. The Orange and Black are 9-4-0 as the host
this season and have won eight of their last nine in south Philly.
Calgary, meanwhile, will try to avoid losing their fourth straight decision to
begin a five-game road trip. The Flames are 0-1-2 on the swing so far and have
lost six of seven and 10 of 12 overall.
The Flames, who will complete their trip tomorrow in Pittsburgh, are just
3-6-2 away from Calgary this season.
Calgary was dealt a loss Wednesday by the New Jersey Devils, who are one of
just three NHL teams with less points than the Flames this year. Ilya
Kovalchuk netted the only goal in the shootout, lifting the Devils to the 2-1
victory at Prudential Center.
"When you're not winning with consistency, like right now, it's finding ways
to go against us," said Flames winger Alex Tanguay said. "We have to keep
battling through it. The breaks are going to come our way sooner rather than
Rene Bourque tallied for the Flames, while Henrik Karlsson stopped 20-of-21
shots before suffering the defeat in his first career shootout. Karlsson gave
Miikka Kiprusoff a rare night off, but Calgary's No. 1 netminder is expected
to be back between the pipes tonight.
Flames forwards Craig Conroy and Matt Stajan are questionable for today's
game. Conroy has missed the last two tests with a shoulder injury, while
Stajan sat out Wednesday's game due to an upper-body issue.
The Flyers notched a 3-0 win in Calgary in last year's lone meeting between
the clubs. Philly has taken three of four overall in the series, but the
Flames have won three of their last four games in the City of Brotherly Love.
Calgary posted a 5-1 victory the last time it played in Philadelphia on Mar.
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