Panthers at Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers salvaged a split of their season-high six-game road trip by scoring 13 goals in their final two contests. The Flyers will look to keep their offensive clicking on all cylinders when they welcome the Florida Panthers to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday. Jakub Voracek completed his first career hat trick by scoring the go-ahead goal with 1:31 remaining in the third period as Philadelphia posted a 6-5 triumph over Keystone State rival Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
The Flyers entered that contest coming off a 7-0 triumph over the New York Islanders on Monday. That game marked the second time this season that coach Peter Laviolette's club reached the seven-goal plateau. The first time was in a 7-1 decision over the Panthers on Jan. 26, although Florida rebounded with a 3-2 road triumph over Philadelphia on Feb. 7.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSFL (Florida), CSP (Philadelphia)
ABOUT THE PANTHERS (4-7-4): Coach Kevin Dineen's club is mired in a five-game winless skid (0-2-3) - with three of the setbacks resulting in shutouts. Florida failed to score in its last outing - a 3-0 loss to Toronto on Tuesday. A struggling power play is also to blame as the Panthers have misfired on their last 15 opportunities. "Personally, I think our power play sucked the life out of us," Dineen said. "We didn't get anything generated, yet we didn't respond very well to that."
ABOUT THE FLYERS (8-9-1): Injuries are the name of the game in South Philadelphia. Matt Read, who leads the club with seven goals, exited Wednesday's contest after the first period with an upper-body injury. While Read's availability for Thursday's tilt is uncertain, general manager Paul Holmgren shed light on the plight of Scott Hartnell. The team's leading goal-scorer in 2011-12, Hartnell is on target to return to action in a week to 10 days. He has missed 15 games with a broken left foot.
1. Philadelphia RW Wayne Simmonds, who collected two goals and an assist versus Pittsburgh, netted a tally in the 7-1 rout of the Panthers.
2. Florida C Peter Mueller scored in his last outing against Philadelphia to ignite a four-goal streak. He has recorded just two assists in his last seven games.
3. Philadelphia D Andrej Meszaros is improving from his left shoulder injury, according to Holmgren. He has missed his team's last 14 contests.