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Flyers in Anaheim as Ducks look to get right at home

by Adam Kimelman

FLYERS (26-22-6) at DUCKS (39-11-5)


Last 10: Philadelphia 3-5-2; Anaheim 7-3-0

Season series: It's the second and final regular-season game between the teams. On Oct. 28 Anaheim Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri scored the game-tying and game-winning goals as the Ducks rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 3-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

Big story: The Flyers get away from the cold Northeast weather with a five-day, three-game California trip starting with a visit to the Honda Center, one of the less hospitable road destinations.

The Ducks are 21-2-2 at home this season. Eastern Conference teams are 1-6-1 in Anaheim in 2013-14; the lone win was a 4-3 overtime victory by the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 20. The last East team to win in regulation in Anaheim was the Boston Bruins on March 25, 2012.

Team scope:

Flyers: There was only one negative in the Flyers' 5-0 defeat of the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, and that came when defenseman Kimmo Timonen left the game in the second period after blocking a shot.

Timonen also sat out the team's practice Wednesday, but coach Craig Berube said Timonen would be available Thursday against the Ducks.

"He's fine," Berube told reporters. "I knew he was fine [Wednesday]. Just making sure. Just a maintenance day for him."

The 38-year-old defenseman has two goals and 17 assists in 54 games and is third on the team with an average ice time of 20:49 per game.

Ducks: Anaheim still leads the League standings. They've lost consecutive games in regulation twice. They're in the top six in the League in goals per game and goals-against.

But after their 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, their second defeat in their past three games at Honda Center, they were an upset bunch.

The defeat came after two big wins against the Los Angeles Kings, including a 3-0 shutout Saturday in their 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium.

"I don't know if it was an emotional letdown but it was certainly a letdown in our play," defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. "We didn't play well. We were far too loose with the puck. We didn't bring it."

"We were sloppy," captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "In our zone we stood around and watched a lot. When teams get cycling we tend to collapse a little bit instead of pressuring. We didn't have our legs [Tuesday] and that's what changes that [defensive] zone."

The way good teams stay good is by catching little things before they become big things, something Getzlaf is aware of.

"We've won a lot of hockey games in the first half of the year," he said. "We've made it a habit of not losing two in a row so we have to focus on Wednesday."

Who's hot: Flyers forward Scott Hartnell had two goals and an assist Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings, giving him four goals and six assists in his past nine games. … Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has five goals, nine assists and a plus-7 rating in 12 January games.

Injury report: Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo (ankle) is probable. … Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray (wrist) and goaltender Viktor Fasth (lower body) are out.


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