A trip to California may be what finally gets the Philadelphia Flyers out of a season-long funk.
Coming off their best offensive game in more than a year, the Flyers continue their West Coast swing Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.
Philadelphia (4-12-2) has won four of its last five against Los Angeles (6-10-4), but hasn’t faced the Kings since a 4-0 road loss Oct. 21, 2003.
Part of the reason the Flyers’ are coming off their best game of the season was the return of Peter Forsberg. He had a goal and assist in a 7-4 win Wednesday over the Anaheim Ducks to end a franchise record-tying six-game losing streak.
“We were happy to get away with a win. We haven’t won in a long time, so it was great,” Forsberg said. “It’s great for our confidence.”
Forsberg missed the last two games to be fitted with a special brace designed to hold his right foot properly in his skate. The five-time All-Star has had trouble the past two seasons finding a skate that fit well because of a congenital defect that stretched the ligaments in his right ankle.
He underwent offseason surgery that was expected to keep him out until January.
“At least, we kind of figured out what the problem is. You’ve just got to find a solution for it,” Forsberg said. “I was losing my balance everywhere. I was laying flat on the ice more than I was standing up. It’s definitely not 100 percent, but it was definitely better tonight. It’s still a work in progress, though.”
Playing most of his career in the Western Conference with the Colorado Avalanche, Forsberg has five goals and three assists in his last six games against the Kings.
Sami Kapanen scored twice, and Mike Knuble, Simon Gagne and Geoff Sanderson each added a goal and an assist in the win over the Ducks as the Flyers posted their best offensive output since an 8-1 win Nov. 3, 2005, over Washington.
Philadelphia, though, is still the worst team in the Eastern Conference and tied with the Phoenix Coyotes for fewest points in the league with 10.
Los Angeles will try to post consecutive wins for the first time since Oct. 7-10—its second and third games of the season.
Trailing 2-1 in the third period Monday, Lubomir Visnovsky and Dustin Brown scored power-play goals before Alexander Frolov added his second of the game to lift Los Angeles to a 4-2 victory over San Jose.
Four nights earlier, the Kings were routed 7-3 by the Sharks.
“It was a great effort,” Kings defenseman Rob Blake said after the win. “That’s a great team over there, so you have to have that effort. We didn’t have it against them a couple of nights ago, but tonight we battled and got some bounces to go our way.”
Kings leading scorer Michael Cammalleri added an assist, and already has exceeded his points total from last month. In six November games, the fourth-year center has two goals and seven assists. He needed 14 games in October to tally five goals and three assists.
Los Angeles has scored power-play goals in seven of its last eight games. Frolov has three man-advantage goals in 20 games, and needs one more to match his output in 69 games last season.