Preview: Oilers/Flyers meet at 11:00 a.m. Sunday
EDMONTON OILERS (5-4-1) at
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (4-3-3)
Start Time: 11:08 a.m. MST
Television: Sportsnet (HD)
Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com.
Today's Game Notes
by Nick Conrad | edmontonoilers.com
Losing streak? What losing streak? The monkey’s off their back; the weight is off their shoulders; bring in the cat and wake up grandpa because the only streak the Oilers care about is the one-game winning streak they will try and stretch to two on Sunday morning in Philadelphia.
While the Phillies Faithful are flying high celebrating their World Series win, the Oilers will show no love to the City of Brotherly Love in the second game of a back-to-back afternoon and morning set.
The Oilers will look to build on a nail-biter of a win in Carolina that saw reignited chemistry among reunited lines, a two-goal performance by Ethan Moreau and a potentially game-saving goal-line save by Dwayne Roloson in the dying seconds of the game. The Penner-Horcoff-Hemsky top line had several scoring chances and Shawn Horcoff
’s tying goal in the first period was a cross-seam pass from Ales Hemsky
—a carbon-copy of his, and the Oilers’, first goal of the season.
The Flyers are riding a four-game win streak and sit first in the league in goals per game average (3.9) and a scorching 39 goals scored. But if it’s always sunny in Philadelphia, the Oilers will try and bring the rain.
The Oilers and Flyers last played on Oct. 6 of last year when Edmonton won 5-3. This will be the two teams’ only meeting this season.
Just The Facts...
OILERS TO WATCH:
Ethan Moreau was a physical monster, scored the game-winner in yesterday’s match and will set the tone for his team today...Ales Hemsky
was all over the ice yesterday and rang a shot off the iron but is still looking for his first goal of the season...Dustin Penner
was the first star the last time the Oilers played Philly and will get more chances up on the top line.
FLYERS TO WATCH:
Simon Gagne has recorded at least a point in seven of his first eight games and has a team-leading 31.8 shooting percentage...Joffrey Lupul has five goals on the season and three goals in nine games versus his former team... Jeff Carter enters today's game on a six-game scoring streak. He has also picked up at least a goal in five of the last six Flyers outings.
Edmonton – Denis Grebeshkov (mild concussion) will likely sit this one out while Jason Strudwick
(shoulder) is expected to draw back in in his place; Philadelphia – Danny Briere (abdomen) is out. Derian Hatcher is out. Ryan Parent is out. Randy Jones is out. Darroll Powe is day-to-day. Andreas Nodl is day-to-day... Jared Ross has been recalled from the Phantoms, as well as Steve Downie, who was previously reassigned on Friday.
The Flyers have won their last four games, outscoring their opponents 19 to 7 during that span... They have also picked up points in each of their last six games (4-0-2) after starting the season 0-3-1... Philadelphia was 5-5-0 last season against the Western Conference. This year so far they are 1-0-2.
Saturday's Post-Game Video...
Saturday's Post-Game Audio...
The Other Side
- OTF: Flyers on Oilers, Parade - The Flyers were back to work on Saturday at their practice facility to prepare for Sunday afternoon's matchup with Edmonton (1:00 p.m., CSN). Several players also commented on Friday's Phillies parade. Stevens speaks | Knuble/Biron/Richards | ...more
- Fathers and Sons - The Philadelphia Flyers had their second annual father-son road trip for the game in Atlanta Tuesday night. FlyersTV caught up with several of the dads along the way.
Flyers dads talk about the trip | Photo gallery ...more
- Congrats to the Phillies! - The Flyers would like to congratulate the Philadelphia Phillies on their 2008 World Series Championship! Several Flyers were honored at a game earlier this season, when Martin Biron threw out the first pitch at the ballpark. ...more
From the Fans
Odds and Ends
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- The LINK: Rookies, ICE School and HNIC - In today's episode of The LINK, host Crystal Leriger intros features on a behind-the-scenes look at the Oilers Rookie Tournament, ICE School and HNIC anthem winner Colin Oberst. ...more
- My 5 with Ladislav Smid - If you haven't tried the Czech delicacy svickova, don't ask Ladislav Smid to prepare it for you. Check out what else he refuses to eat, along with his Top 5 in three other categories. ...more
From the Wire (AP)
The Edmonton Oilers can breathe a little easier after snapping a five-game losing streak the last time they took the ice. To build off that, they'll have to win in a city they rarely visit, but one where they have enjoyed some recent success.
On Sunday, the Oilers go for their fourth straight win in Philadelphia against the Flyers, who will be looking for their fifth consecutive victory after a six-game skid to start the season.
Edmonton (5-4-1) earned its first win since Oct. 18 by beating Carolina 3-1 on Saturday. Ethan Moreau, who had one goal this season coming in, scored twice in the final 88 seconds to snap a 1-1 tie.
"We got some really fortunate goals," Moreau said. "We just had the philosophy that if we kept doing things right, we'd be successful. This has been a process. We've lost a few games we've played well in and finally tonight we got a win."
Shawn Horcoff - who assisted on Moreau's second tally - also scored, and Dwayne Roloson made 27 of his 33 saves over the final 40 minutes. It was only the Oilers' second regular-season win in North Carolina since the Hurricanes moved there from Hartford a decade ago.
"We were here to win and get two points and get ourselves back on track," said Edmonton's Erik Cole after facing his former team for the first time.
Now, Edmonton will be looking to continue its winning streak in Philadelphia. After a 2-0 loss in 2000, the Oilers have outscored the Flyers 9-4 in their next three contests.
In the most recent game in 2005, Moreau had two shorthanded goals against Antero Niittymaki in a 3-2 win. Starting in 2006, the Oilers' captain has missed 143 games due to various injuries, and was limited to five goals in 25 contests last season but now appears healthy again.
Philadelphia gave up 28 goals during its 0-3-3 start to 2008-09, but has surrendered only seven while winning four in a row. On Thursday, Martin Biron stopped 34 shots, and Jeff Carter scored his second goal 4:37 into overtime of a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.
"I thought Marty was the reason we won the hockey game tonight," coach John Stevens told the Flyers' official Web site.
Biron has been in goal for three games during Philadelphia's current winning streak, recording a 2.23 goals-against average. Niittymaki picked up the other victory, making 24 saves for his first shutout of the season in a 7-0 rout of Atlanta on Tuesday.
But neither Biron nor Niittymaki have beaten the Oilers. In five appearances, including three starts, Biron is 0-4-0 with a 3.38 GAA while Niittymaki hasn't faced them since losing in 2005.
Carter, who leads Philadelphia (4-3-3) with eight goals this season, has scored six and added three assists in a six-game points streak.
He's part of a resurgent offense that includes Mike Knuble, who has five goals and an assist over the last four games. Simon Gagne and Mike Richards are tied with seven points each during the run.
Knuble will be looking to notch an assist in a sixth straight game against the Oilers.