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Tuesday, December 19th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (16-14-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (8-20-4), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try once again for their first win in December, as they host the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Wachovia Center.

The Flyers have dropped all six of their games this month and five of those games were decided in regulation. It is the second six-game losing streak of the season for the Flyers, and another loss this evening would set a new franchise record.

Philadelphia has just 20 points this year and is tied with St. Louis for the NHL's lowest total this season. The club last played Saturday evening in Washington and was handed a 4-1 loss as Alexander Ovechkin notched a goal and two assists for the Capitals.

Mike Knuble tallied the lone goal for the Flyers, while Netminder Antero Niittymaki made 27 saves in defeat.

Peter Forsberg, who returned to Philadelphia's lineup after missing five games with an injured right ankle, left the game in the second period with a concussion. He is not expected to play tonight, but the Flyers are expected to have center Jeff Carter back in the lineup after he missed the last 20 games with a fractured left tibia.

The Hurricanes were also in the midst of a lengthy losing streak before ending the five-game skid with Saturday night's 3-2 win at Tampa Bay. Eric Staal's 17th goal of the season was the difference, as last year's champs slipped by the Lightning, who were the previous Stanley Cup champions in 2004.

Ray Whitney scored the other two goals for Carolina, and Cam Ward made 30 stops on the night.

The Hurricanes were without center Rod Brind'Amour for the fourth straight game. Brind'Amour, who leads Carolina this year in points (36) and assists (26), has been sidelined with a lower-body injury and the former Flyers' status for tonight's contest is questionable .

Carolina and Philly split four meetings last season, but the Flyers have taken four of the last six matchups overall.

12/19 10:39:56 ET

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