GAME: Phoenix Coyotes (9-9-6-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (15-3-5-1).
TIME: Friday, 7 p.m. EST.
The league-leading Philadelphia Flyers look to remain the NHL's only
unbeaten team at home when they take on the Phoenix Coyotes.
Philadelphia, which had a season-high 12-game overall unbeaten streak
snapped with a 4-1 loss at Ottawa on Monday, snapped back into form at the
Wachovia Center on Wednesday, cruising to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh
The win extended Philadelphia's season-opening home unbeaten streak to 13
games (11-0-2), and gave the Flyers 10 straight victories on home ice.
Jeremy Roenick and Mark Recchi scored and Jeff Hackett stopped 30 shots to
extend his personal unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1) for the Flyers, who
boasts a league-high 36 points.
"The Flyers are one of the teams who have a legitimate chance to go to the
Stanley Cup," Pittsburgh coach Eddie Olczyk said.
Philadelphia has not lost at home since a 5-1 setback to Ottawa in Game 6 of
last season's Eastern Conference semifinals. The Flyers' last regular season
setback at the Wachovia Center was a 2-1 defeat to the New York Rangers on
March 22, giving them an amazing 14-0-3 mark on home ice since that loss.
The Flyers did have to endure an off-the-ice distraction Thursday as the
team announced that forward Claude Lapointe had entered the NHL's substance
abuse treatment program.
The Flyers acquired Lapointe last March from the New York Islanders for a
fifth-round draft pick. He has two goals and two assists for four points and 10
penalty minutes in 19 games this season.
"He's been having some problems so he voluntarily decided to take care of
them," Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said. "When he comes back we'll get
him playing again."
The Coyotes are on an impressive run of their own, running their unbeaten
streak to four games (3-0-1) with Thursday's 3-2 triumph at Buffalo.
Branko Radivojevic scored the game-winner with 4:03 remaining and Brian
Boucher made 34 saves as Phoenix improved to 2-0-1 on its five-game road trip.