The Philadelphia Flyers will face the Calgary Flames in the final game before the NHL Olympic break. The game starts at 1pm EST and will be televised on CSN Philadelphia. The Flyers will not be in action again until February 27th.
The Flyers are on a three game winning streak and have been playing well. Their last four games have been against four quality opponents (Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Colorado) and the Flyers are 3-1 in that span. Much of their success has been a result of solid goaltending and a re-commitment to team defense. Other than Steve Mason and Claude Giroux, no player or line has stood out in the last few games. Instead, the Flyers have given a full team effort for sixty minutes.
The Flames have won six of their last seven games. They are coming off of a 4-2 victory over the Islanders on Tuesday night. The Flames sit in sixth in the Pacific Division with a 22-28-7 record. They are out of the playoff race, but their recent hot streak is something the Flyers need to be aware of. The Flames are lead in scoring by Jiri Hudler, who leads the team in goals (14), assists (29), and points (43).
-Craig Berube has not officially named a starting goalie for today’s game, but it will most likely be Ray Emery. Steve Mason has started six straight games and experienced cramping in the third period of Thursdays game against the Colorado Avalanche.
-Erik Gustafsson only logged 13:28 on Thursday night. He looked to go into the boards awkwardly at one point and did not play much after that. According to the Flyers beat writers, Gustafsson took shifts with Hal Gill at practice on Friday. If there really is an injury concern, expect to see Andrej Meszaros paired with Luke Schenn on the Flyers third pairing this afternoon.
-The Flyers currently have six players with at least 14 goals. Although they may not have a 30-40 goal scorer, the Flyers benefit from one of the most balanced scoring attacks in the NHL.