NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
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
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