Canadiens-Flyers Preview


The Montreal Canadiens had their surge ended by a lopsided defeat earlier this week. To get back into the win column, they'll have to end their recent road woes to the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Canadiens will try to earn their first victory in Philadelphia in nearly four years when they begin a road-heavy stretch Thursday night, but they'll face a Flyers team that's seeking its longest home win streak in three seasons.

Montreal (19-10-3) was 9-0-1 in its previous 10 games and had won a season-best five in a row before a 6-0 drubbing to visiting Los Angeles on Tuesday. The Kings outshot the Canadiens 13-3 during a four-goal second period.

"These games are miserable," defenseman Josh Gorges said. "The only thing you can do is get out of this room here, take a look in the mirror, and ask yourself, 'Did I do what I was supposed to do tonight?' There's not one guy in this room that can say that he did.

"We have to understand that this is how hard it is in this league. We have to use it as motivation going forward."

Montreal will play eight of its next 10 on the road - including a season-high six-game trip - and will try to begin that stretch by snapping an eight-game skid in Philadelphia that started with three losses in the 2010 Eastern Conference finals.

The Canadiens have been outscored 33-11 during those visits and gave up three goals in the third period in its only one last season, a 5-3 loss April 3.

They've have also dropped eight of the last 11 overall meetings but won 4-1 in the lone one this season Oct. 5. Montreal scored three goals in the final period of that game, and Carey Price made 22 saves.

Price was pulled midway through the second period of Tuesday's loss after giving up four goals on 16 shots. He was 8-1-1 with a 1.59 goals-against average in his 10 previous games.

The Flyers (13-15-3) have given up 16 goals in three consecutive losses and Ray Emery was pulled after allowing six on 18 shots in Wednesday's 7-2 loss to Chicago, the team he starred for last season.

After a 2-3-1 road trip, Philadelphia will try to bounce back by earning a sixth straight win at home and clinching their longest streak at the Wells Fargo Center since a seven-game run Oct. 23-Nov. 15, 2010.

"We've got Montreal at home waiting. We've got to be ready to go," coach Craig Berube said. "We've got to play 60 minutes. We can't take shifts off or make critical mistakes. It will cost you."

Daniel Briere is expected to make his return to Philadelphia, where he played six seasons and topped 30 goals in two campaigns. Briere's contract was bought out by the Flyers this past summer.

"I'm expecting both the best and the worst from the fans. I've been treated in different ways by the crowd during my career, so I'm ready for pretty much anything," he said. "I'll have a chance to play in front of my kids and a few good friends, so it'll be easy to find the motivation to do well."

Briere didn't have a point in his first meeting with Philadelphia, and Max Pacioretty missed that game with an arm injury. Pacioretty has three goals and eight assists in his last seven matchups with the Flyers.

Jakub Voracek has three goals and eight assists in his last nine games against Montreal.