Philadelphia Flyers at Florida Panthers
Philadelphia Flyers Preview
The Philadelphia Flyers look to overcome one of their most demoralizing losses of the season when they visit the Florida Panthers on Thursday. The Flyers saw their three-goal comeback go for naught on Tuesday after surrendering the go-ahead tally with 41 seconds remaining in the third period of a 5-3 setback to the New York Islanders.
The loss came on the heels of a sterling 8-2-1 run that was capped by Philadelphia’s 4-1 victory over Florida on Monday. Carter Hart made 30 saves in his return from injury against the Panthers and is expected to be in net for the rematch on Thursday. James van Riemsdyk, who collected a goal and an assist versus Florida, has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past dozen games.
Florida Panthers Preview
The Florida Panthers aim to avenge a setback to the Philadelphia Flyers earlier in the week when the teams reconvene on Thursday in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers sustained their season-high fourth consecutive loss in a 4-1 decision in Philadelphia on Monday before erupting for a 5-3 road victory over the New Jersey Devils the following night.
Brett Connolly, who scored his second goal in three games on Tuesday, collected a goal and an assist in Florida’s 5-2 win over Philadelphia on Nov. 19. Two-time Vezina Trophy recipient Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves against the Flyers in that contest before yielding three goals on 33 shots Monday to see his career record fall to 15-4-1 in 20 games against his former team.