The Flyers pay a visit to Ovechkin and the Capitals, at the Verizon Center this evening, and it could not only provide an interesting playing field--as Vokoun may not be in net (day-to-day with an injury); but a Flyers win could pave the way for a 'sparking' win streak for this recently sturggling squad.
The Washington Capitals had their winning streak snapped in dominating fashion as they went down to the New Jersey Devils 5-0. This loss snapped a three-game winning streak the Caps were on to rebound from their preceeding three-game losing streak. They'll have a tough matchup with the Flyers at home on Sunday night, as the Flyers have found a solid offensive streak. The Flyers are coming off a 6-3 victory over the Islanders (followed by a three day break) and are looking to notch two wins in a row to get a streak going. It could get a little easier to do so for the Flyers if the Caps have to roll with Michal Neuvirth in for his fifth start in the Caps net.
Ilya Bryzgalov will be in goal for the Flyers this evening, and it appears as though Erik Gustafsson could be in for Kimmo Timonen tonight. Kimmo didn't skate at the morning skate this AM in Washington. Timonen's played less than 16 minutes in each of his last two games, far below the typical game for him.
This is the third of four meetings between the teams. They've split the first two games, as Philadelphia evened things up with a 5-1 win at the Verizon Center on Dec. 13, 2011.
Washington enters Sunday's action just three points back of the first-place Florida Panthers in the Southeast Division. The Flyers, coming off their recent win over the Isles, are currently tied for fifth in their Eastern Division...so the stakes high for both opponenets and should create the 'hungry' atmosphere on the ice that is required for this brand of match up.
It's the third of a five-game homestand for Washington, which rallied to beat the Islanders in overtime last Tuesday before Friday's dud against the Devils. With 18 games remaining in their regular season, the Caps know they can't put forth any more performances like the one against New Jersey.
"Obviously, you don't want to lose a game like that," defenseman Dennis Wideman said. "The one thing you can't do when you're playing the Devils is turn the puck over. You can't put anything in the middle. Pretty much all of their goals, except their power-play goal, we turned the puck over." (*May be somethingthe Flyers can captialize on tonight!)
With Friday's loss, Washington fell to [4-19-1]--[(32-27-5) overall currently] when Ovechkin is held without a point. Another factor to keep in mind for the Flyers game plan; however, shutting down Ovechkin cannot be an easy undertaking by any means.
Following Thursday's win the Flyers currently post at [35-21-7] and look to get at least two wins back to back and ignite a comfy win streak to propel them into a solid playoff birth.
The game is in Washington, as the Verizon Center this evening. The puck drops at 7:00 PM sharp and this is another game available to watch on the NBC Sports Network.