GAME: Calgary Flames (14-9-2-3) at Philadelphia Flyers (17-4-8-1).
TIME: Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST.
Though they still own the league's best record, the Philadelphia Flyers are
looking to bounce back from a devastating loss when they host the Calgary
Philadelphia's 43 points is tops in the NHL, but its Atlantic Division lead
was cut to four points over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday with a 2-0 home
loss to its longtime nemesis.
That defeat, which came one night after the teams skated to a 3-3 tie in New
Jersey, ended the Flyers' six-game unbeaten streak and was their first loss in
15 games this season at the Wachovia Center. Philadelphia had been the only
team without a home loss.
Despite falling to 1-5-1 against the Devils over the last two seasons, the
Flyers did not seem completely dejected and some were able to put a positive
spin on the loss.
"I definitely think we are better because of the last two games," Flyers
center Jeremy Roenick said. "I think they have respect for us. We put a lot of
pressure on them."
Coach Ken Hitchcock, known for often being very critical of his team despite
its success, echoed Roenick's feelings.
"This series will do us more good than Jersey," Hitchcock said. "We are
closer than we've ever been. We are so much better this year than at this time
The same can be said for the Flames, who had just eight wins through 31
games at this point last season.
They've gone 9-1-1-2 in their last 13 games, however, 10 of those contests
came at home. Calgary has struggled on the road, winning just twice in its last
This is the opener of a three-game road trip for the Flames, who visit
Boston on Thursday and Columbus on Friday.
"We have to improve on the road. I think we have had a favorable schedule
here with playing more home games than road games," said defenseman Robyn
Regehr, who scored Calgary's lone goal in Saturday's 1-1 tie with Colorado.
"We have done a good job at home and now we have to take that brand of play
to other buildings."