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The Philadelphia Flyers look to avoid tying the third-longest road losing streak in franchise history when they visit a Florida Panthers team they haven't lost to away from home in over six years.
Philadelphia has dropped six straight on the road, and is looking to avoid losing seven in a row there for the first time since the 1991-92 season. The Flyers have dropped a team-record eight consecutive road contests twice, the last time coming from March 3-29, 1988.
Philadelphia, though, has posted eight wins and a tie at Florida since a 3-1 loss on Jan. 17, 2000, and has outscored the Panthers 35-17 in those nine games.
The Flyers have won just twice in seven contests since the Olympic break, and have lost to each of their four Atlantic Division rivals over that span. They opened a four-game trip with a 2-0 defeat to last-place Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Philadelphia was unable to score during a seven-minute power play late in the game, putting just one shot on goal, and the defeat kept the Flyers from moving into a first-place tie with the New York Rangers in the division.
"I don't think we generated a whole lot throughout that seven minutes," Philadelphia center Peter Forsberg said. "The clock just kept ticking and we didn't do a whole lot. It is frustrating. You get seven minutes of power play and we get nothing.
"I think we're finding it hard to win games right now. We're not that confident when it comes down to the end."
The Flyers visit Tampa Bay on Friday before concluding the trip against Atlanta Saturday.
The Panthers tied their season-high winning streak at three games with a 4-3 overtime victory over Southeast Division-leading Carolina on Saturday. Florida, which also beat the Hurricanes on Friday, began the run with a win over Ottawa last Wednesday.
"The last three games were against the two best teams in the conference," said goaltender Roberto Luongo, who made 39 saves Saturday. "There is still 18 games left and the guys are not quitting."
Florida, which hasn't won four straight since Feb. 10-19, 2001, is 10 points behind Montreal for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
TEAM LEADERS: Flyers - Simon Gagne, 38 goals; Forsberg, 50 assists; Gagne and Forsberg, 66 points; Donald Brashear, 114 PIM. Panthers - Olli Jokinen, 32 goals, 39 assists and 71 points; Chris Gratton, 92 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Flyers - Power play: 17.6 percent (66 for 375), 17th in NHL. Penalty killing: 78.7 percent (296 for 376), 27th. Panthers - Power play: 14.6 percent (48 for 328), 27th. Penalty killing: 83.0 percent (338 for 407), 13th.
GOALTENDERS: Flyers - Robert Esche (16-8-4, 3.10 GAA); Antero Niittymaki (19-12-6, 2 SO, 3.03). Panthers - Luongo (26-25-9, 4, 2.94); Jamie McLennan (0-4-0, 3.09).
SEASON SERIES: Flyers, 3-0.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 26; Flyers 3-2, SO. At Sunrise, Fla., Michal Handzus scored the only goal in the shootout, converting a backhander past Luongo in the fourth round.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flyers - 17-10-4 on the road; Panthers - 18-8-4 at home.