Montreal (32-22-7) at Philadelphia (33-17-9), 7:00 pm EST
PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) — The Philadelphia Flyers aren’t in need
of a boost, but they may get one anyway.
Daniel Briere could return to the lineup Friday after a 35-game
absence when the Flyers face the Montreal Canadiens, seeking
their third consecutive victory.
Briere has missed 50 games this season due to a groin injury.
The 31-year-old center has recorded five goals and nine points
in nine contests on the campaign.
The Flyers, who went 2-4-3 with Briere in the lineup, have
hardly missed the former first-round pick of the Phoenix
Coyotes. Philadelphia, which has won five of its last six
contests, has climbed to fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Jeff Carter, who is tied for second in the NHL with 36 goals
this season, collected a tally and an assist during Wednesday’s
2-0 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings. Martin Biron made 34
saves to post his second shutout of the season and 25th career.
Jaroslav Halak is also coming off a 34-save blanking, leading
the Canadiens to a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on
Halak, who may displace Carey Price as the club’s starting
netminder, is 14-10-1 with a 2.93 goals-against average and .910
save percentage on the campaign.