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Flyers, Ducks put two-game win streaks on the line

by Adam Kimelman /

DUCKS (9-3-0) at FLYERS (3-7-0)


Last 10: Anaheim 8-2-0

Season series: This is the first time the teams have played since a 4-3 overtime win for the Philadelphia Flyers in Anaheim on Dec. 2, 2011. Their most recent meeting at Wells Fargo Center was a 3-2 win for the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 21, 2010.

Big story: The Flyers will be looking to build on the best effort of their season, a 5-2 win at the New York Islanders on Saturday. The Ducks hit the midpoint of their eight-game trip Sunday at the Columbus Blue Jackets by winning their second straight. It's an improvement over the start of the trip, which featured back-to-back losses.

Team scope:

Ducks: The Anaheim Ducks will be without forward Saku Koivu indefinitely after the veteran sustained a concussion during a game Sunday at Columbus, but they could have two injured forwards coming back for their game Tuesday at Philadelphia.

Dustin Penner and Mathieu Perreault were full participants at practice Monday and coach Bruce Boudreau said it was possible one or both could be in the lineup Tuesday.

"They're possibilities," Boudreau said. "I don't know if their feasibilities, but they're possibilities."

Perreault sat out Sunday due to an injury to his left wrist. Penner has been out five games since sustaining a concussion on a hit by the Dallas Stars' Ryan Garbutt on Oct. 20. Garbutt received a five-game suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety for the hit.

After a slow start to his season, Penner has two goals and two assists in six games and has earned top-line ice time alongside Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Boudreau hopes Penner is able to get back to that level despite the time off.

"In this game it's weird," Boudreau said. "Practice is usually tough when you have a day off. So now you take five days off and it's amazing how hard it is to get back into the rhythm of things. It's making them work and working out there and then when he's ready we'll know."

Flyers: The Flyers have struggled mightily on the power play this season, ranking 27th in the League at 10.0 percent entering the week.

Coach Craig Berube has placed an increased level of importance on man-advantage play in practice, and recently changed his top unit to include Mark Streit in place of Kimmo Timonen at the point.

"If you think about it," Berube said, "there are a lot of penalties in the games. Hopefully for the other team. So a lot of times half the game is special teams.

"You should practice it. It's just as important as anything else. If you don't practice it it's hard to be good at it or focus on it. That's why we practice it all the time."

The hope is increased practice leads to increased productivity. So could playing the Ducks on Tuesday. Anaheim entered the week 27th on the penalty kill at 76.2 percent.

Who's hot: Perry has back-to-back two-point games for the Ducks and has three goals and seven points in his past five games. … Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier had a hat trick Saturday against the New York Islanders, his first three-goal game since March 11, 2008.

Injury report: The Ducks sent Koivu back to Anaheim for observation and on Monday did the same with goaltender Viktor Fasth, who is out with a lower-body injury. In addition, the Ducks are missing defensemen Luca Sbisa (ankle) and Sheldon Souray (wrist), and forwards Matt Beleskey (upper body) and Jakob Silfverberg (hand). Penner and/or Perreault could return Tuesday. … The Flyers are fielding a healthy lineup.


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