The Philadelphia Flyers are on the verge of a new low in an already dismal season.
The Flyers look to avoid a franchise-record seventh consecutive loss on Tuesday when they host the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes.
Philadelphia (8-20-4) dropped its sixth straight on Saturday, falling 4-1 to the Washington Capitals. The Flyers, who are tied with St. Louis for the worst record in the league, have lost six in a row for the second time this season and the fifth time in team history.
Philadelphia, which has been outscored 25-12 during its current losing streak, also dropped six straight Nov. 2-13.
Philadelphia got a brief lift Saturday with the return of Peter Forsberg, who finally found a skate that felt comfortable on his surgically repaired right ankle. Forsberg, who was playing for the first time since Nov. 30, picked up an assist on Mike Knuble’s first period-goal that put his team ahead 1-0.
However, he was removed from the game after taking a big hit from Washington’s Alex Ovechkin late in the first period and suffering a concussion.
“A little bang in the head. It doesn’t feel good right now,” Forsberg said. “I kind of knew Ovechkin was going to hit me. I wasn’t knocked out. I remember everything, so it’s not that bad.”
Still, Forsberg, who has seven goals and 10 assists 23 games, seemed pleased with the way his skate felt.
“Overall I felt much better. I was skating around much better than I did before,” he told the team’s official Web site. “I think there’s a solution in sight. We still have a little bit of tweaking to do on the skate but other than that it’s going the right direction.”
Defenseman Alex Zhitnik, acquired earlier in the day in a trade with the New York Islanders, started and played almost 22 minutes, but did not record a point.
The Flyers have converted just 3 of 32 chances on the power play during their skid.
The Hurricanes (16-14-4), meanwhile, snapped a season-high five-game losing streak with Saturday’s 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ray Whitney scored twice and Eric Staal had the go-ahead goal for Carolina, which had a team meeting to discuss the slump before the game.
“I think we made a conscious effort in the meeting we had today that we weren’t going to get discouraged and we weren’t going to get frustrated,” Whitney said. “I think our overall mentality toward the game was better. At times I think we felt like it was our right to win, whether we deserved it or not. I think from the meeting we had this morning, we were made well aware that that’s not the way it’s going to be anymore.”
Captain Rod Brind’Amour missed his fourth straight game with a lower body injury.
“It’s a starting point,” coach Peter Laviolette said of the victory. “It’s one win after a tough stretch. “
Carolina and Philadelphia each won two games against each other last season, with each team winning once in a shootout.