Philadelphia looks for its 14th win in 17 matchups with Vancouver as the teams face off at the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers are 13-2-1 against the Canucks since Dec. 2, 1993, outscoring them 67-40 in that span. Both losses in that span have come in Philadelphia with the Canucks holding a 9-3 scoring advantage.
Slowly, though, the Flyers are getting healthy players back in the lineup. Robert Esche made 23 saves in his first game after missing four with a groin injury in the Flyers’ 3-1 win Wednesday over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
He has 14 goals and 38 assists in 39 career games against the Canucks.
“I don’t know if we’re surviving,” Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. “When you play with some composure, you’re going to win a lot of close games, especially on the road.”
The Flyers have won five of their last seven games overall.
Vancouver owns the league’s best home record, but has struggled on the road. The Canucks snapped a season-high three game road losing streak with a 3-2 win Tuesday over the New York Rangers.
Matt Cooke returned from a 17-game absence with a broken jaw to score the game-winner with 4:31 to play.
“Any time I can help chip in on the offensive side of the game, it’s huge for us. Not just when I am coming back from injury,” Cooke said.
Auld’s 11 wins are second in the league among rookie goaltenders behind Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.
If Ouellet makes his Canucks’ debut, he would face the team that drafted him 22nd overall in the 1999 draft. Ouellet is 2-4-1 with a 2.99 goals-against average in eight games with the Flyers and Washington Capitals.