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Flyers seek some offense as they host Canucks

by Adam Kimelman /

CANUCKS (3-3-0) at FLYERS (1-5-0)


Season series: This is the first meeting between the teams since Oct. 12, 2011, when the Philadelphia Flyers earned a 5-4 victory at home.

Big story: After getting swept in back-to-back games over the weekend, the Flyers return home hoping to right their ship. The Vancouver Canucks look to start their seven-game road trip on the right foot while also snapping their two-game losing streak.

Team scope:

Canucks: The Canucks will be away from home for the next seven games, but captain Henrik Sedin said Monday a long road trip could be just what his team needs.

"I think it's nice to go away during the season, get together as a team," he said. "We're playing some tough teams [but] it's easier to get into team game on the road rather than at home. It's good for us."

He said part of the reason the team was outscored 8-1 in the past two games is the slow learning of coach John Tortorella's systems.

"You see during games we attempt to get back to things we did in the past instead of doing the things we want to do now and that's been hurting us so far," Sedin said. "Instead of doing 1-3-1 or [defensemen] getting back more, we attempt to be aggressive at times and it's cost us a few times."

Flyers: One of the biggest problems for the Flyers during their 1-5-0 start has been the number of penalties the team has taken -- a League-high 39 minor penalties, leaving them shorthanded 33 times, the most in the League.

The latest issue came Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings, when the Flyers gave the Red Wings five power plays, and Detroit scored on three of them en route to a 5-2 victory.

"We have to stop taking penalties," Berube told reporters after the loss to the Red Wings. "It's been an issue in this organization for too long. It's got to get better, and we will get better because of the style we want to play, and [with better] skating you won't take as many penalties when you're moving your feet. The hooking and holding and dumb penalties have to be eliminated. They're unacceptable."

Spending so much time killing penalties also makes it harder for the Flyers to find their offense. Their eight goals through six games are the second-fewest in the League

Who's hot: With four goals in his first six games, Canucks forward Mike Santorelli is off to the best start of his NHL career. Tortorella is rewarding his strong play with increased ice time; after averaging about 15 minutes per game in his first three games, he's played more than 20 minutes in his past two games.

Injury report: Canucks forwards Jordan Schroeder (ankle) and Alexandre Burrows (foot) are on injured reserve. … Flyers forward Scott Hartnell (upper body) is out for about a month, and center Vincent Lecavalier (lower body) is expected to miss about a week.


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