NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, January 9th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (27-8-6) at New Jersey Devils (19-18-5), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - With their franchise-record 11-game road trip nearing a
close, the Philadelphia Flyers seek their fourth consecutive win tonight when
they visit the New Jersey Devils at Continental Airlines Arena.
Philly is 7-0-1 in the first eight portions of the mammoth venture. On Friday,
Simon Gagne scored the eventual game-winning goal and added an assist to lead
the Flyers past the Washington Capitals, 3-1, at the MCI Center.
Peter Forsberg also had a goal and an assist while Mike Rathje scored as well
for the Flyers. Rookie goaltender Antero Niittymaki made 23 saves in the win.
Philadelphia's string of nine consecutive one-goal games was ended in the win.
Gagne, who had been the NHL's goal-scoring leader, fell behind Atlanta's Ilya
Kovalchuk over the weekend. Kovalchuk tops the league with 32 goals while
Gagne is second with 29.
Philadelphia is 12-0-2 in its last 14 road games overall, and 14-3-3 away from
home for the season.
The Flyers lead the Atlantic Division by seven points over the second-place
New York Rangers and are a point up on Ottawa in the overall Eastern
Philly will visit Chicago on Wednesday.
New Jersey, meanwhile, has won three straight games since the 2005-06 debut of
star winger Patrik Elias. On Saturday, Brian Rafalski tallied a goal and an
assist and Martin Brodeur made 26 saves as the Devils defeated the Buffalo
Sabres, 3-2, at HSBC Arena.
Jamie Langenbrunner and Scott Gomez both scored a goal and John Madden
registered two assists for the Devils, who have won three in a row for just
the second time this season.
Elias had an assist in the victory and has two goals and four helpers in the
three games since his return. He missed the start of the season recovering
from Hepatitis A.
The Devils, who are 12-7-3 on home ice, will host Vancouver on Friday.
Philadelphia is 2-0 against Jersey this season and has won five consecutive
01/09 10:21:28 ET