NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, January 16th
(All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (20-22-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (23-15-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try for their fifth win in six
games tonight when they welcome the Florida Panthers to the Wachovia Center.
Philadelphia posted a 6-4 win over Washington on Sunday to improve to 4-0-1 in
its last five tests. Mike Knuble scored twice and Kimmo Timonen had a goal and
two assists for Philadelphia.
Jim Dowd, R.J. Umberger and Mike Richards also tallied for the Flyers, while
Martin Biron stopped 28-of-32 shots. Jeff Carter notched an assist to run his
point streak to five games. He has four goals and three helpers during the
Scott Hartnell, named the NHL's third star for his play last week, also had an
assist to give him five goals and three assists in his last four games.
Hartnell, acquired from Nashville in the offseason along with Timonen, posted
his second career hat trick last Thursday in a win over the Rangers.
Philadelphia is 8-5-5 as the host this year, but has dropped five of its last
six at the Wachovia Center. The Flyers hit the road for a test against the
Islanders on Saturday before beginning a six-game homestand.
Florida begins a three-game road swing tonight and is 11-11-1 as the visiting
club this year. The Panthers dropped a 4-3 home test to Colorado in a shootout
The Avalanche's Milan Hejduk, who was the final shooter of the third round,
beat Tomas Vokoun with a quick wrist shot low to the stick side to give the
Avalanche the extra point.
Jay Bouwmeester, David Booth and Olli Jokinen tallied for the Panthers, who
have dropped two in a row and seven of their last nine games. Vokoun made 37
saves for Florida.
Jokinen, who scored in his second straight game, sent the game into the extra
sessions with a slap shot from the top of the right circle with 8:33 remaining
in the third period. He leads the club with 22 goals, 21 assists and 43
points, though Jokinen has just seven goals and seven helpers in 33 career
tests versus Philadelphia, and is a minus-11 against them.
Florida will also visit New Jersey and Washington on its road trip.
The Flyers and Panthers have split two meetings this year, but tonight's test
will be the first between the clubs in the City of Brotherly Love. Florida has
notched wins in each of its last two stops at the Wachovia Center.
01/16 10:37:25 ET