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Red-hot Flyers set to host Flames

by Adam Kimelman
FLAMES (8-11-2) at FLYERS (15-6-2)
Last 10 -- Calgary 2-6-2; Philadelphia 7-2-1.
Season series -- This is the teams' only meeting this season. In their only game last season, Mike Richards scored twice in a 3-0 Flyers victory in Calgary. The last time they played in Philadelphia was March 5, 2009, with the Flames winning, 5-1, keyed by a pair of Olli Jokinen goals.
Big Story -- Two teams going in opposite directions. The Flames lost in a shootout to the Devils on Wednesday and remain 14th in the Western Conference, while the Flyers won their third straight to retain the top spot in the League standings.
Team Scope:
Flames -- Wednesday's 2-1 shootout loss marked the second straight game the Flames managed just one goal.
Team captain Jarome Iginla has been hot recently, with 6 goals in his last four games, but he's been about the only consistent offensive threat the last few games. Nicklas Hagman has 2 goals in his last 11 games; Alex Tanguay has 1 goal in his last six games; Brendan Morrison has 1 goal in his last 12 games; Matt Stajan has 1 goal in 18 games; and Olli Jokinen has 2 goals in 18 games.
Rene Bourque, who had the Flames' lone goal Wednesday against the Devils, is the only Calgary player in double-figures in goals, with 10.
Flyers -- One of the hallmarks in Philadelphia is the depth of scoring, and that's never been more evident than in their last four games. The Flyers have 20 goals, and they've been scored by 11 different players.
In that span, Jeff Carter has 3 goals, and Claude Giroux and Danny Briere have 2 each, but Andreas Nodl has 3 goals, and Jody Shelley and Braydon Coburn have 1 goal each. In all, 17 skaters have at least 1 goal this season.
"It's been pretty consistent like that all year," said coach Peter Laviolette. "We don't have a top-five scorer. We've got lines and people that are contributing. On any given night, it's not the same person or same line over and over. … I thought there was a lot of consistency in our scoring and our attack. Don't have to rely on just one person."
Who's Hot -- Flames rookie goalie Henrik Karlsson had the best game of his young NHL career, stopping 20 of 21 shots in Wednesday's shootout loss to the Devils. He's played just four games, and Wednesday's game was his first action in nearly a month. … Nodl has earned the nickname "Andreas No-Goal" for his lack of finishing ability -- he had 1 goal in his first 50 NHL games. But with a shorthanded goal Wednesday against the Wild, he has 3 goals in his last four games.
Injury Report -- Flames forward Matt Stajan missed Wednesday's game with an upper-body injury suffered when he was hit by the Rangers' Marc Staal on Monday. Center Craig Conroy missed Wednesday's game with a shoulder injury. … Flyers forward Daniel Carcillo is expected to miss at least another week with a sprained ligament in his left knee. Goaltender Michael Leighton (back) and defenseman Matt Walker (hip) continue to work their way back from injuries that have sidelined them all season.
Stat Pack -- The Flyers have scored at least five goals in six of their last eight games. They lead the League with 83 goals, seven more than second-place Washington.
Puck Drop -- The Flyers like the view from the top of the standings, but don't plan on resting now that they've reached the NHL's penthouse. They rallied to beat the Canadiens 3-2 on Monday to take the first place overall, and routed the Wild 6-1 Wednesday in their first game as the League's best.
"It's a nice spot to be in, but it's not an easy spot to stay at," defenseman Matt Carle told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "When we go in to play against teams, you know we're going to get their best. So it's going to take a lot of effort to stay there."

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