After overcoming a brief scoring slump in Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Flyers will try to keep rolling against southern California’s other team.
The Flyers look for their sixth win in seven road games when they face the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.
Philadelphia (23-9-5) is one of the best road teams in the NHL, earning 15 of a possible 18 points in its last nine contests and going 11-3-3 overall.
The Flyers lost 5-0 Florida in their final game before the holiday break and then opened a five-game swing with a 6-2 loss at Vancouver on Tuesday. However, Philadelphia regained its scoring touch Thursday, beating the Kings 7-4 behind two goals and two assists from captain Mike Richards(notes).
“As a team, we’ve talked about getting back on the forecheck and moving our feet a little bit more, and just getting the puck to the net,” said Richards, who leads the Flyers with 36 points.
A win Friday would end 2010 with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh tied atop the Atlantic DIvision.
The Flyers may give Michael Leighton(notes) a second consecutive start after he made 32 saves in his season debut Thursday. He hadn’t played since giving up Chicago’s Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime June 9, and underwent back surgery in October.
Leighton, who won eight games during the playoffs last season, is 2-2-0 with a tie and a 2.32 goals-against average in five meetings with the Ducks. However, he hasn’t faced them since a loss with Carolina on Nov. 30, 2008.
The Ducks are opening a six-game homestand after a 3-4-0 road trip capped with a 3-1 win at Phoenix on Tuesday. That came two days after Anaheim fell 4-1 to the Kings, forcing coach Randy Carlyle to meet with each player individually.
“We have to show that when we play well we can play with any team in the league,” said Jonas Hiller(notes), who is 2-2-0 with a 1.87 GAA and a shutout in his last five games. “Our problem is we haven’t shown that every night.”
A lack of consistency has been clear at home, as Anaheim is 4-5-0 in its last nine games at the Honda Center.
Corey Perry(notes) continues to be the Ducks’ most consistent scoring threat with four goals in the last four games. The right wing is fourth in the NHL with 20 goals and leads the team with 42 points.
Perry has one goal and five assists in five games against Philadelphia, including two assists Oct. 21.
Ryan Getzlaf(notes) is out at least two games after a deflected shot from the Coyotes’ Shane Doan(notes) hit him in the face and broke his nose. Getzlaf has 13 goals and is second on the team with 37 points.