Series (Game 1 of 1)

Vancouver leads 1-0

Game 1: Tuesday, December 28th

Flyers 2

(22-9-5, 49 pts)

Canucks 6

(22-8-5, 49 pts)

Coverage: TSN

10:00 PM ET, December 28, 2010

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1 2 3 T
PHI 0 1 12
VAN 1 3 26

R. Kesler (Canucks - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

H. Sedin (Canucks - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

R. Luongo (Canucks - G): Saves: 35, Save Pct.: .946

Flyers-Canucks Preview


It's been nearly 22 years since the Vancouver Canucks have beaten the Philadelphia Flyers on home ice. Roberto Luongo, however, has been in goal for Vancouver only once during that 14-game drought.

Luongo may return to his customary starting slot for the Canucks on Tuesday night when they try to end the Flyers' four-game road win streak.

The Canucks' No. 1 goalie has missed consecutive games when he was not injured for the first time with Vancouver (21-8-5). Luongo spent the Christmas break in Florida with his pregnant wife, Gina, who is due to deliver the couple's second child, and got back to Vancouver early Sunday.

Cory Schneider filled in with 19 saves in Sunday's 3-2 victory over Edmonton, three days after stopping 24 shots in a 7-3 win at Columbus.

Philadelphia (22-8-5) has faced Luongo only once in this remarkable road streak against the Canucks. The Flyers have 10 wins and four ties since their last loss in Vancouver, 5-3 on Jan. 17, 1989, and have won their last seven visits.

Luongo, though, posted his first shutout in 12 starts against the Flyers with 38 saves in a 3-0 road victory Dec. 3, 2009, in the last meeting between these teams. He had been 0-2-2 with one tie and a 4.06 goals-against average in his previous five starts against them.

Philadelphia figures to be motivated as it starts a season-high five-game trip. The Flyers have not played since their five-game win streak was snapped with a 5-0 loss to Florida on Dec. 20.

"We weren't very competitive that game, so I think the opportunity to get back on the ice and do some work, we look forward to get back into a game," coach Peter Laviolette told the team's official website.

The Flyers, 6-0-1 in their last seven road games, arrived in Vancouver early and Laviolette conducted an hour-long practice Sunday.

"You know they've been off long enough," Laviolette said. "They need to practice and we might as well do it out here and get used to the time change and get settled in here."

Sergei Bobrovsky will look to bounce back after he was pulled in the second period against the Panthers. The rookie is 7-1-1 with a 2.00 GAA in nine starts on the road.

He will likely start since backup Brian Boucher is 2-7-0 with one tie and a 3.70 GAA in 10 career starts against Vancouver.

The Flyers are 2-2-3 against Western Conference foes while the Canucks are 4-0-1 at home against the East.

Vancouver may benefit from having a shorter break than Philadelphia, with coach Alain Vigneault saying his club had "Christmas legs" early in Sunday's win. The Canucks rallied from a two-goal deficit and won on Kevin Bieksa's goal with 24 seconds left.

"Our guys just did what they had to do, they kept pushing, they kept working hard," Vigneault said. "Obviously, we'll take the two points."

Henrik Sedin assisted on Bieksa's goal to take the team lead with 44 points -- one more than brother Daniel. The twins combined for 11 points in Vancouver's previous two games.

Center Ryan Kesler enters with 11 points during a seven-game run.