Preview: Ducks at Flyers
A bizarre sequence in the shootout of their last contest brought about an unceremonious end of the Philadelphia Flyers' season-high eight-game win streak. The resilient Flyers look to rebound from that loss and extend their point streak to 10 games on Saturday afternoon when they host the reeling Anaheim Ducks, who have dropped six in a row and 18 of 20 (2-14-4).
Jakub Voracek scored with 18 seconds remaining in the third period of Thursday's 3-2 shootout setback to Los Angeles, giving him two goals and five assists during his five-game point streak and increasing his point total to 14 (three goals, 11 assists) in his past 12 contests. "I don't think we even deserved a point (on Thursday). I think it was our weakest game out of our last nine (8-0-1)," the 29-year-old Voracek said of the Flyers, who appeared to skate away with the victory after three rounds before video review overturned an apparent no-goal to extend the contest. While Philadelphia's hot streak has it eight points behind Pittsburgh for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, Anaheim heads into the finale of its five-game road trip sitting four points in back of St. Louis for the second wild-card spot in the West despite its pronounced tailspin. "There are some dark clouds over this team right now," forward Corey Perry told the Orange County Register following Thursday's 4-0 loss in Ottawa. "We've got to find a way to get the sunshine back out and play with confidence and have fun again. Hockey is a fun sport to play, but you've got to find a way to dig yourself out of it."
TV: 1 p.m. ET, Prime (Anaheim), NBCS Philadelphia
ABOUT THE DUCKS (21-25-9): Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf, who leads the team in assists (23) and points (34), is expected to play in his 967th game on Saturday to snap a tie with Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne for the franchise lead. The 33-year-old Getzlaf has just two points (one goal, one assist) in his last eight contests overall but did set up a goal in the first meeting with Philadelphia. Pennsylvania native John Gibson sustained an undisclosed injury following a collision with teammate Jaycob Megna versus the Senators and could sit out the matinee in favor of Chad Johnson, who turned aside nine of 10 shots in relief on Thursday.
ABOUT THE FLYERS (24-23-7): Sean Couturier, who scored in Philadelphia's 3-2 win over Anaheim on Oct. 30, raised his team-leading goal total to 22 on Thursday by tallying in his third straight contest. The 26-year-old has three goals and three assists during his five-game point streak and has dented the scoresheet in 11 of his last 12 contests, collecting seven goals and nine assists in that stretch. Captain Claude Giroux set up a pair of tallies in the first encounter with the Ducks and did the same versus the Kings, boosting his team-leading totals in assists (42) and points (58).
1. Anaheim C Adam Henrique, who has been held off the scoresheet in six straight games overall, has 20 points (13 goals, seven assists) in 27 career encounters versus Philadelphia.
2. Flyers rookie Carter Hart owns an 8-2-1 mark with a 2.36 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in 11 home outings.
3. Ducks LW Jakob Silfverberg (team-leading 12 goals) has just one point -- an assist -- in his last six games.
PREDICTION: Flyers 3, Ducks 2