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Philadelphia has won four of five; Anaheim seeks consecutive wins for first time in two months

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (21-12-5) at DUCKS (16-18-4)



The Game

The Anaheim Ducks will try to win two in a row for the first time in nearly two months when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at Honda Center on Sunday.

The Ducks held on for a 4-3 win against the visiting Vegas Golden Knights on Friday. Anaheim last won two straight games when it defeated the Winnipeg Jets 7-4 on Oct. 29 and the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in overtime on Nov. 1.

The Flyers opened a six-game road trip with a 6-1 loss against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, ending a four-game winning streak that began with a 4-1 victory against the visiting Ducks on Dec. 17.

Philadelphia is 1-4-0 in its past four road games.


Players to watch

Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past four games.

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games.


They said it

"We've been two different teams. We need to figure it out. We need to bring that home team on the road and we'll be alright." -- Flyers defenseman Justin Braun

"We didn't play great (in the last game against Philadelphia). We shot ourselves in the foot numerous times that night. We need to answer back not only to ourselves and our fan base, but to the other team as well, so they know we're not going to go down without a fight." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

James van Riemsdyk -- Kevin Hayes -- Travis Konecny

Andy Andreoff - Michael Raffl - Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Joel Farabee -- Mikhail Vorobyev -- Tyler Pitlick 

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Justin Braun

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Philippe Myers

Brian Elliott

Carter Hart

Scratched: Chris Stewart, Robert Hagg, Andy Andreoff 

Injured: Scott Laughton (groin), Oskar Lindblom (illness)


Ducks projected lineup

Adam Henrique -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Sam Carrick 

Max Comtois -- Isac Lundestrom -- Jakob Silfverberg 

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Devin Shore -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer  

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Michael Del Zotto

Injured: Nick Ritchie (knee), Troy Terry (knee), Derek Grant (shoulder), Rickard Rakell (upper body)


Status report

Laughton will miss his seventh straight game. … Andreoff cleared waivers on Sunday and is expected to be sent to Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League, opening a roster spot for Raffl, who is expected to come off long-term injured reserve after breaking his right pinkie finger in a 6-1 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 3. ... Rakell did not practice on Saturday and will likely miss a third straight game. ... Anaheim forward Daniel Sprong was returned to San Diego of the AHL on Saturday after playing one game with the Ducks during his seven-day recall.


Stat pack

Elliott is 3-8-3 against the Ducks with a 3.22 goals-against average and .880 save percentage. ... The Ducks are 11-3-3 against Philadelphia since the 2007-08 season.

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