Flyers Aim To Keep Habs Winless At Home
For the second time this season, the Philadelphia Flyers (5-2-1) will travel to Canada, this time to face the struggling Montreal Canadiens (1-5-2).
The Flyers are coming off of an impressive 4-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night that snapped a two-game losing streak.
Unfortunately, captain Chris Pronger suffered an eye injury during the game when he was struck with an arrant stick. He is currently on three days bed rest and will possibly be out two weeks.
The Canadiens are having one of the worst starts in their history. The last time the Habs went this far into a season without a second win was in 1941-42 when they went 1-10-1.
This is the first of four meetings between these two teams. The Flyers took the season series last year, winning three of the four matchups. The Flyers are 30-42-14 on the road versus the Habs and have an overall record of 63-78-30.
The Canadiens are having a hard time performing in front of the home crowd this season. In five games played at the Belle Centre, the Habs are 0-3-2, the worst home record to start the season in franchise history.
Injuries have played a factor in their poor start. They have four players on injured reserve: Andrei Markov, Scott Gomez, Ryan White and Chris Campoli.
Their latest loss was Max Pacioretty who suffered an upper body injury on Monday night and will not dress in tonight's game.
Montreal is averaging 2.25 goals per game ranking them 21st in the league. The Flyers are second in 'goals for' with a 3.38 goals per game average.
The Flyers are the better team when it comes to special teams, especially with the man advantage.
The Flyers power play is ranked fourth in the league finding the back of the net 27.5 percent of time. The Habs (29th) are on the other end of the spectrum capitalizing with the man advantage only 9% of the time.
WIth both teams averaging over 32 shots per game, the two starting goaltenders will be busy tonight (Flyers averaging 32.1 and the Habs at 33.9 shots).
In The Nets
After seeing Sergei Bobrovsky get his second start of the season, Ilya Bryzgalov 3-2-1 with a 2.84 GAA and a .895 SV% will look to keep things rolling tonight in Montreal. Bryzgalov has faced the Habs just three times in his career, going 0-2-1 with a 3.33 GAA
Peter Budaj got the nod for the Habs on Monday night but you should expect Carey Price to get the call tonight. He is 0-3-0 with a 4.07 GAA in his last three starts versus the Flyers with a 6-4 all-time record.
The Flyers start against the Leafs on Monday night seemed unmotivated but the team managed to turn it around mid-way through the second period.
It was a coming out party of sorts for Jagr and Hartnell as they both notched two goals and an assist. Hartnell was playing like the Hartnell of old, getting down and dirty in front of the net.
Jagr looked like his old self flying around on the ice managing to get free for three breakaways, capitalizing on two. His confidence grew after the first goal and it was noticeable the rest of the game as coach Peter Laviolette gave him more ice time.
The big task tonight will be filling the Pronger void. The defensive loss will be a big challenge for guys like Matt Walker and Andrea Lilja who are not as talented or as feared as Pronger.
The Flyers are 28th in the league in face-off percentage, winning the draw 47.4% of the time. They wil need to improve in that area and they will get their chance right off the opening face-off.
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