The Philadelphia Flyers continue to surge, having won seven of
eight games overall and five in a row at home.
They’ll look to extend their home streak when they face the
Florida Panthers on Saturday night.
The Panthers are 11-4-1 against the Flyers since the 2006-07
season, but will likely have their hands full with one of the
hottest offenses in the NHL.
Philadelphia (10-4-2) has outscored its opponents 34-14 and is
converting on 32.4 percent of its power-play opportunities in its
last eight games. While coach Peter Laviolette is pleased with his
team’s performance, he knows there is always room for
“You talk about where you need to get to. I still think that we
need to be tighter defensively,” he told the team’s official
website.” I think that we can be faster offensively. I think that
we can eliminate some of the mistakes that we’re making.”
The Flyers didn’t make many mistakes in Thursday night’s 8-1
rout at Carolina, putting up their highest scoring output of the
Jeff Carter found the back of net in the first period to give
the Flyers a 2-0 lead, then added two more goals for his second
career hat trick. Carter, tied for the team lead with eight goals
on the season, has 10 points in his last eight games versus
Mike Richards added a goal, and has 11 points in the Flyers’
last 10 games.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves against the Hurricanes as he
improved to 9-2-1 with a 2.09 goals against average.
“We were fresh, gained some strength, played some golf and with
new strength and new emotions, we came out skating well,” Bobrovsky
said through an interpreter.
The undrafted rookie netminder hasn’t lost in regulation since
Oct. 21, going 7-0-1 with a 1.75 GAA and .944 save percentage in
his last eight starts.
Coming off a 2-1 win over Minnesota on Friday night, Florida
(7-7-0) has a chance to win three in a row for the first time this
Christopher Higgins and Mike Santorelli provided the offense and
Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves against the Wild.
“It was a big start. We came out moving our feet and got two
goals and the game tightened up after that,” Santorelli said. “It
was a hard-fought battle.”
Vokoun is 2-4-0 with a 3.79 goals-against average in
Philadelphia, while teammate Scott Clemmensen is 3-0-0 with a 1.92
goals-against average versus the Flyers over his career.
David Booth, who leads the Panthers with five goals, has five
points in his last two games versus the Flyers, including a
four-point performance the last time these teams met March 3 – a
7-4 Panthers win. Florida is 4-1-0 against Philadelphia when Booth
finds the back of the net.
The Panthers may need to get on the board early Saturday night,
as the Flyers are 6-0-0 when leading after the first period.