RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) - The Philadelphia Flyers try
to take advantage of another floundering team when they visit
the RBC Center to face the Carolina Huricanes on Tuesday night.
On Saturday, Robert Esche made 24 saves for his third shutout of
the season as the Flyers blanked the New York Rangers, 3-0, to
improve to 5-2-2 this month. Esche, who entered the season with
a 30-33-9 record in 88 career games, improved to 21-8-6.
Philadelphia is 1-0-2 against Carolina this season and leads the
New Jersey Devils by six points for first place in the Atlantic
Division. The Flyers are one point behind the Tampa Bay
Lightning for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Carolina, which will miss the playoffs for the second straight
year after reaching the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in
2004, is returning from a 3-0-0-2 road trip.
On Saturday, Josef Vasicek scored the equalizer midway through
the third period and set up defenseman Bret Hedican's overtime
goal as the Hurricanes secured points in their 11th straight
road contest with a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Vasicek snapped a 14-game goal-less drought, while defenseman
Sean Hill scored his second goal in as many games and fourth in
the last five.
The Hurricanes could be without Erik Cole after the rugged left
winger suffered a right knee injury in the third period