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Losing two of their last three games by a shootout, the Flyers aren't, and shouldn't be happy with gaining just one point in a hard-fought game.  They'll look to get two tonight vs the red hot Nashville Predators (TCLFlyers).  Teams used to hate playing in Philadelphia, but that's not the case anymore.  They may be the NHL's number one road team, but they're on pace to win just 20.5 home games, their lowest since the dreadful 2006-07 season (CSNPhilly).

It makes sense that Bryzgalov has been named the starter for tonight (@BroadStBull), after allowing just one goal in 65 minutes of play last game.  Maybe the shootout vs the Jets in which he allowed just one shot past him was the turning point for this season (CSNPhilly).

The Flyers will have energetic forward Zac Rinaldo back tonight.  Defenseman Andreas Lilja is expected to play tonight.  If that's the case, he will replace Erik Gustafsson (Buzz on Broad).  Concussed Danny Briere won't play tonight, but he did participate in the morning skate.  He told beat writer Randy Miller that it was a good day (@RandyJMiller).

Forward Brayden Schenn will hope to have another good game, as he just wants to get better every game.  He had a disappointing first half of the season, but he wants to put it in the past and move forward (Philly.com).

Defenseman Ryan Suter will be in the building tonight with the Preds.  Could he end up being in Philadelphia more than just tonight, though (TheCheckingLine)?  The rumors circulating him while the NHL approaches the trade deadline are definitely heating up (SportsNet).

The Rangers and Penguins were both in action last night, playing back-to-back games:

 
  GP POINTS WINS LOSSES OTL
1. Image preview 48 69 32 12 5
2. Image preview 48 64 29 14 6
3. Image preview 50 62 29 18 4
4. Image preview 48 57 27 19 3
5. Image preview 48 47 20 22

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Goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan Miller were perfect, allowing zero goals throughout the entire game.  It went to a shootout, and the Rangers were victorious (NHL.com).  Ryan Callahan had the game winning shootout goal.

The Penguins streak was finally snapped after eight wins.  Clarke MacArthur scored the only goal of the night with 6:05 remaining to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 victory (NHL.com).

The Devils will be playing tonight in their last of a six-game homestand.  They'll take on the Montreal Canadiens in the third of four meetings between the two clubs (NHL.com).

 

FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS

 

vs NSH  Thursday 2/2
vs NJ Image preview Saturday 2/4
@ NYR  Sunday 2/5
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