NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, December 18th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (15-16-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (16-12-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes will aim for their third straight
victory when they visit the sliding Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the
The Coyotes are 3-1-0 so far on a season-high six-game road trip and are
coming off consecutive wins against the New Jersey Devils and New York
Despite Phoenix's 15-16-0 record on the year, the team is 10-8-0 as the
visiting team. The Coyotes will complete their trek Thursday night in San
The Coyotes' latest victory came Sunday night against the Rangers as Joel
Perreault scored his first two goals of the season and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped
34 shots to lead Phoenix to the 5-1 rout at Madison Square Garden.
Phoenix's Wayne Gretzky returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time
as a coach and earned the victory. Gretzky played the final three seasons of
his legendary career with the Rangers before retiring at the end of the
Daniel Carcillo, Radim Vrbata and Fredrik Sjostrom lit the lamp for the
The Flyers, meanwhile, have dropped three straight and four of their last five
After losing a shootout decision to visiting Carolina on Saturday,
Philadelphia was handed another setback in New Jersey the following day. John
Madden scored a pair of goals and added an assist to lead the Devils past the
rival Flyers, 4-2.
Mike Richards picked up a goal and a helper and Daniel Briere also scored for
the Flyers, who have lost 10 straight road games against the Devils.
Antero Niittymaki took the loss despite making 34 saves.
Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen could be back in the lineup tonight after he
missed the last two tests with a lower body injury. Timonen has three goals
and 13 assists in 29 games for Philly this season.
The Flyers are 7-4-3 as the host this season and have dropped two straight and
seven of their last eight tests at the Wachovia Center.
Philadelphia has won three of the last five encounters with the Coyotes and
Phoenix has been defeated in two straight and four of its previous five stops
in the City of Brotherly Love.
Phoenix is visiting the Flyers for the first time since December 5, 2003, when
Philly notched a 3-2 decision over the Coyotes.
12/18 10:43:13 ET