After coming off a good road trip to the west coast we are now back home to face an up and down flyers team. The flyers are good today bad tomorrow. We will see tonight what team shows up.
Neither the Flyers or the Predators have much breathing room in their respective playoff races. Both teams will attempt to earn a much-needed two points when Philadelphia tries for its first victory in Nashville in almost 10 years this evening at Bridgestone Arena.
Both the Flyers and Predators come into this battle holding slim margins for playoff spots. Philadelphia is even with Montreal for sixth place in the Eastern Conference, but only four points ahead of Boston, which is in eighth. The ninth-place New York Rangers are five points behind the Flyers.
Nashville, meanwhile, is seventh in the West and has a one-point cushion on eighth-seeded Detroit, while Calgary is just three points back of the eighth spot.
The Predators, however, are coming off a big 3-2 victory over fifth-place Los Angeles on Sunday to end a four-game road trip at 3-1-0. Nashville's Colin Wilson scored 39 seconds after the Kings took a one-goal lead early in the third period and Patric Hornqvist netted the game-winner with 3:31 to go in regulation.
"It was a big goal," Hornqvist said. "We had the puck deep, got the cycle going, and [Dan] Hamhuis made a great play to me from the net and I got it around the goal and it was nice to see it went in. Everybody in this locker room worked really hard and it was a nice game and two points is the biggest thing."
Steve Sullivan also scored for Nashville, which begins a three-game homestand tonight, and Pekka Rinne made 18 saves in the Preds' seventh straight win over the Kings.
The Flyers, meanwhile, didn't have as much success as the Predators on Sunday. One day after a big last-second win over Chicago, Philadelphia came out flat in a 3-1 setback to the Rangers that featured a pair of goals by New York's Sean Avery.