Carter, Flyers face Panthers before All-Star break

Atlanta (17-25-5) at Philadelphia (24-12-9), 7:00 pm EST

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) — With a tough stretch looming after the
All-Star Game, Jeff Carter and the Philadelphia Flyers will hope
to head into the break on a positive note.

It won’t be easy as Carter and the Flyers host the suddenly
surging Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday.

The team’s only representative at the midseason gala, Carter
could enter the event as the NHL’s leading goal-scorer. He
ranks second in the league with 30 goals, one behind Washington
Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin.

Carter scored in Friday’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Florida
Panthers. Simon Gagne also tallied in regulation and netted the
lone goal in the bonus format for Philadelphia, which avoided a
third straight loss.

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After the All-Star break, the Flyers will play five of their
next six contests on the road with the only home game against
the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins.

The Thrashers are on a three-game winning streak after defeating
the Montreal Canadiens, 4-2, on Tuesday. It is just the second
time this season that Atlanta has strung together consecutive

Rookie defenseman Zach Bogosian is already showing signs of his
potential. The 18-year-old, who was selected third overall in
June’s draft, scored a goal and set up another in each of the
last two contests after not recording a point over his first 11
career games.