Flames have hands full with Flyers
Apparently, the Philadelphia Flyers might not even need their high-profile forwards to contribute in order to have big games offensively.
The NHL's highest-scoring team keeps receiving production from a variety of sources, a trend Philadelphia looks to continue Friday against the Calgary Flames (1 p.m. ET).
Nine skaters have at least 10 points for the Flyers (15-6-2) and eight have scored at least five goals. Philadelphia's 84 goals are tops in the league, a major reason it's tied atop the Eastern Conference with Washington.
Mike Richards leads the way with 24 points and Claude Giroux is next with 23, including a team-best 12 goals, but both potential All-Stars were held off the scoresheet Wednesday. Philadelphia still scored at least five goals for the sixth time in eight games, winning 6-1 at Minnesota.
By The Numbers
Calgary (8-11-2) —
Home record: 5-5-0
Road record: 3-6-2
Last 10 games: 2-6-2
Philadelphia (15-6-2) —
Home record: 9-4-0
Road record: 6-2-2
Last 10 games: 7-2-1
Rink: Wells Fargo Center
Puck Drop: 1 p.m. ET
"We don't have an [Alexander] Ovechkin or a [Sidney] Crosby on our team," said Flyers forward Danny Briere, who had a goal and an assist.
"If you look down our lineup, I think we can throw many waves at you that can be dangerous. We're not an easy team to match up against because we have so much firepower up front."
James van Riemsdyk had a goal for the second consecutive game after going 22 straight without one, Jeff Carter and Andreas Nodl scored for the third time in four games and Jody Shelley netted his first of the season.
"We try to play with a little bit of an edge, drive the net and play physical," said Nodl, who had one goal in his first 48 NHL games before scoring six this season.
"Right now, it just seems like things are going our way. It's Hockey 101."
The Flyers are 12-2-1 in their last 15 and have won eight of nine at home, averaging 4.9 goals.
That doesn't bode well for a Calgary team that's on a five-game road losing streak, its longest since a seven-game skid from Jan. 26-Feb. 22, 2007. The Flames (8-11-2) are on a five-game trip which ends Saturday in Pittsburgh.
They're coming off two straight 2-1 losses, falling to the New York Rangers in regulation Monday and in a shootout to New Jersey on Wednesday.
Though his team has lost 10 of 12, Flames head coach Brent Sutter feels positive about Calgary having gone 1-1-2 in its last four.
"It's four games in a row now we've played well," he said. "We've been able to get four points out of a possible eight.
"We need to accumulate points. We know we need wins, but for that to happen you have to play some decent hockey and we have."
Rene Bourque notched his team-leading 10th goal Wednesday, but Jarome Iginla failed to score after totalling six goals in his previous three games.
That duo now will likely face rookie Sergei Bobrovsky, tied for second in the NHL with 12 victories. He was back in net Wednesday, stopping 15 shots after sitting out two games. Bobrovsky was pulled for the first time in his previous start, allowing four goals in one period of an 8-7 loss to Tampa Bay last Thursday.
Miikka Kiprusoff is likely to start after getting a rare night off Wednesday, but he's lost four straight road games while allowing 15 goals. He's 2-0-1 with a 0.95 goals-against average in Philadelphia.