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Philadelphia aims to end eight-game losing streak vs. Anaheim; Getzlaf remains sidelined

by Dan Arritt / Correspondent

FLYERS (1-1-0) at DUCKS (1-0-0)



The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will try to defeat the Anaheim Ducks for the first time in nearly six years when they play at Honda Center. The Ducks have won eight is a row against the Flyers since a 4-3 shootout loss on Dec. 2, 2011. Anaheim is 11-0-2 against the Flyers since Philadelphia last won in regulation, a 3-0 victory at Anaheim on Feb. 2, 2008.

Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf will miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury sustained during practice on Sept. 27. Also missing for the Ducks will be forwards Patrick Eaves (lower-body injury) and Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), defensemen Hampus Lindholm (shoulder surgery) and Sami Vatanen (shoulder surgery) and backup goaltender Ryan Miller (upper-body injury).

The Flyers will be playing their third game in four nights to start the season. They won their opener 5-3 at the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday and lost 2-0 at the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.


Players to watch

Flyers forward Claude Giroux has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in 13 career games against the Ducks.

Ducks forward Corey Perry, who scored 19 goals last season, had two goals and an assist in a season-opening 5-4 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. Perry has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 15 games against Philadelphia.


They said it

"This is going to be a gritty, grinding, hard-to-play against hockey team." -- Flyers coach Dave Hakstol

 "We're looking for people to fill holes and seize opportunities." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on dealing with injuries.


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Jordan Weal -- Nolan Patrick -- Wayne Simmonds

Dale Weise -- Valtteri Filppula -- Travis Konecny

Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Michael Raffl

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Travis Sanheim -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Robert Hagg -- Radko Gudas

Brian Elliott

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Jori Lehtera, Brandon Manning, Samuel Morin

Injured: None


Ducks projected lineup 

Andrew Cogliano -- Rickard Rakell -- Corey Perry

Nick Ritchie -- Antoine Vermette -- Jakob Silfverberg

Chris Wagner -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Logan Shaw

Ondrej Kase -- Derek Grant -- Jared Boll

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

Korbinian Holzer -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Reto Berra

Scratched: Jaycob Megna, Giovanni Fiore

Injured: Patrick Eaves (lower body), Ryan Miller (upper body), Ryan Getzlaf (lower body), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), Hampus Lindholm (shoulder surgery), Sami Vatanen (shoulder surgery)


Status report

Eaves and Miller each will be eligible to come off injured reserve when the Ducks host the New York Islanders on Wednesday.


Stat pack

Simmonds scored three goals against the Sharks and has 16 points (10 goals, six assists) in 27 career games against Anaheim, including the first goal of his NHL career on Oct. 14, 2008. He has a 21.7 career shooting percentage against the Ducks, his best against any NHL opponent. … Gibson is 3-0-0 against the Flyers with a 2.32 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.

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