NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, January 8th
(All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (13-17-9-2) at Philadelphia Flyers(20-7-10-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A night after concluding an eight-game road trip, the
Philadelphia Flyers return to the comforts of the Wachovia Center when they
host the Florida Panthers.
The Flyers finished their trek 2-3-2-1, including Wednesday's 1-1 tie in
Buffalo. John LeClair scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who have not skated
on home ice since December 20. Philly was frustrated throughout the night by
the Sabres' Martin Biron, who stopped 44 shots -- 17 in the first period.
Robert Esche finished with 20 saves for the Flyers, and improved to 3-1-1
since making his return from a groin injury.
Philadelphia's leading scorer Jeremy Roenick was struck in the left cheek by a
slap shot in practice Tuesday, but played against Buffalo despite receiving 26
stitches to close the wound.
With 54 points, the Flyers lead the Atlantic division by four over New Jersey.
They sit three off the pace of East-leading Toronto.
Philadelphia, which lost three of its last four at home before the recent road
trip, will host Edmonton on Saturday in the second portion of a three-game
Florida, meanwhile, is 2-1-2 in its last five tries, including last Saturday's
1-0 win over visiting Columbus. Roberto Luongo made 42 saves en route to his
third shutout of the season and the 19th blanking of his career.
Stephen Weiss scored the lone goal for the Panthers, who moved to 4-5-7-2 in
their last 18 contests overall. The tally ended a seven-game drought for the
The Panthers, who are 0-3-3-1 in their last seven road tilts, begin a four-
game venture tonight. They'll visit Calgary on Saturday.
Philadelphia defeated Florida, 2-1, last Friday for its second win in as many
tries against the Panthers this season. The Flyers are 7-1-2 in the last 10
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