NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, November 6th
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (3-8-1-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (5-2-3-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - After hopefully turning a corner, the Washington Capitals
conclude a three-game road trip tonight when they visit the Philadelphia
Flyers at the Wachovia Center.
Since a six-game losing streak, the Caps are 2-1-0, including Tuesday's 5-1
pounding of previously unbeaten Tampa Bay, in Tampa. Olaf Kolzig stopped a
season-high 41 shots and Dainius Zubrus scored twice to lead Washington to the
Robert Lang contributed a goal and two assists, and Jaromir Jagr chipped in a
goal and an assist for the Capitals, who won for only the third time this
season (3-8-1) and earned their first road win of the year (1-6-1). Jeff
Halpern also scored and Sergei Gonchar delivered three assists for Washington,
which took a 2-0 edge in the first period despite being outshot 18-7.
Lang continued the stellar start to his second campaign as a Capital. The
former Penguin has a point in all but two of his 12 games, including two goals
and three assists in the last three. Jagr, meanwhile, had tallied a mere one
goal in the previous nine contests before Tuesday.
Washington will kick off a four-game homestand Saturday against San Jose.
Philadelphia has won three of its last four tilts, and sits in a three-way tie
atop the Atlantic Division with the Devils and Islanders at 14 points. On
Saturday, Michal Handzus, Kim Johnsson and Justin Williams scored within four
minutes of each other in the first period to set the table for a 7-1 pounding
of host Toronto.
Sami Kapanen added a pair of goals for the Flyers, and Tony Amonte and Jeremy
Roenick tallied as well. Robert Esche made 21 saves in the win.
Amonte extended his points streak to six games, having compiled four goals and
four assists in that time.
As for Esche, he has made his pitch to be the No. 1 netminder, allowing a mere
two goals in his last three starts combined. He will receive the nod once
again tonight while veteran Jeff Hackett sits the bench.
The Flyers, 3-0-2 on home ice, will visit the NY Rangers on Saturday.
Philly and Washington split four games last season, with the Caps winning the
last two. The Flyers have won six of the last eight overall and are 11-0-1 in
the last 12 played in their building. Washington has not won in the City of
Brotherly Love since January 31, 1998.
11/06 10:15:22 ET