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Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attendance: 18,982
Flyers looking for nine in a row as Kings visit
The Philadelphia Flyers will be looking to extend their season-best winning streak to nine straight when they host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
The Flyers captured their eighth win in a row with a hard-fought 2-1 battle against the visiting Vancouver Canucks on Monday.
Goaltender Carter Hart, the league's Rookie of the Month in January, continued his stellar play with 41 saves.
Amazingly, the Flyers (24-23-6, 54 points) are only seven points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after a sluggish start that included an eight-game losing streak from Dec. 27 to Jan. 8.
"He's making some miracles out there," Philadelphia's Sean Couturier, who scored against the Canucks, told reporters of Hart. "It's nice to have him back there. You know he can steal one."
Thanks in large part to Hart, the Flyers are inching closer to matching a 10-game winning streak from Nov. 27-Dec. 14, 2016.
"You find it hard to believe that someone his age can come in and do what he's doing," Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon told reporters of Hart.
Before the All-Star break, the Flyers were 14 points out of the final playoff spot. Actually, any chance of even reaching the postseason had to seem quite bleak. With a ninth straight win, they would continue to stay in the mix.
"Obviously, after that losing streak, we've been better at key times," Couturier told the Camden Courier-Post. "We're finding ways to win some games. Even if some nights we're not playing our best, when it comes down to the crucial moments, we're sharp and we're getting the job done."
The Kings were dominant in their most recent game, a 5-1 victory at the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.
Tyler Toffoli was held in check through the first two periods before breaking through with a pair of goals in a 35-second span in the third. Toffoli, who has six points in his last four games, stayed hot as he also recorded the game-winning goal in overtime Monday against the New York Rangers.
On Tuesday, Anze Kopitar registered three assists, and goaltender Jack Campbell was sharp with 29 saves. The Kings have won three of their last four games.
"To start the third period with the power play was huge, and we went in with the plan of getting the puck to the net," Toffoli told reporters. "Kopitar found me in the slot, and we put it in. It kind of kept rolling from there. We took over the game in the first two minutes, and did a good job and did the right things necessary to win."
Jeff Carter, a former Flyer, is still listed as questionable after suffering a lower-body injury against the Rangers. Nate Thompson did return to play against the Devils after sitting out two games with flu-like symptoms.
Adrian Kempe also has bounced out of a scoring drought with three points against the Rangers and a goal against the Devils.
"I don't know if I knew it would happen," Kings head coach Willie Desjardins told the L.A. Times of Kempe and Toffoli. "But they're good players, and I've always had lots of confidence in them. So it's great to see them get rewarded. They play hard. They've both got good skill. It's nice to see them get something out of it finally."
--Field Level Media
Updated February 7, 2019
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