Philadelphia (19-8-7) at Chicago (18-6-7), 8:30 pm EST
CHICAGO (Ticker) — Two of the hottest teams in the NHL clash
Friday when the Philadelphia Flyers open a six-game road trip
against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
The Blackhawks are on an 11-2-2 run and will be after their
eighth straight victory, while the Flyers come into the contest
with an 8-1-2 mark in December.
Chicago’s winning streak – its longest since an eight-game run
in January 1981 – was extended Saturday as Cristobal Huet made
30 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
The Blackhawks got goals from Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and
Patrick Kane, who has five goals and eight assists in his last
10 games. Andrew Ladd registered an assist to extend his points
streak to five games.
The Flyers, visiting Chicago for the first time since January
2006, kept rolling Tuesday with a 6-4 win over the Ottawa
Jeff Carter netted his league-leading 26th goal and has scored
at least once in five of his last six contests.
The Flyers have moved within two points of the Atlantic
Division-leading New York Rangers (22-12-3), but face a Chicago
team that is 10-1-4 at home this season.