NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, December 9th
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (12-10-6) at Philadelphia Flyers (8-16-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals will try to get back in the win
column tonight, when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia
The Capitals had a season-high four-game winning streak halted Friday night
by visiting Anaheim. Todd Marchant had a goal and two assists to guide the
Ducks to the easy 6-1 victory at the Verizon Center.
Olaf Kolzig allowed six goals on 34 shots for Washington, and Alexander Semin
had his team's lone goal with Alexander Ovechkin picking up the primary
The Flyers, meanwhile, have played just twice in December and lost both times
to the New Jersey Devils. Philly was dealt a shootout loss by the Devils at
home on December 2 and was then defeated, 2-0, at the Meadowlands on Friday
Martin Brodeur turned aside all 28 shots he faced to pick up his fourth
shutout of the season as the Devils blanked the Flyers. It was the 84th
shutout in the legendary career of Brodeur, tying him with Glenn Hall for
third place on the all-time list.
Goaltender Antero Niittymaki finished with 22 saves for the Flyers, who have
dropped three of their last four contests.
Philadelphia struggled without captain Peter Forsberg, who continues to have
ankle and skate issues. Forsberg will also miss tonight's game and is expected
to be out for the team's next four tests.
The Caps and Flyers met on November 4 and Washington picked up a victory. That
win ended the Capitals 16-game skid in Philadelphia, but the Flyers have still
won three of five and six of the last nine meetings overall.
12/09 10:28:26 ET