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Tuesday, October 15th (All times Eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (3-3-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (1-5-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - After losing the final two tests of a recent homestand, the Vancouver Canucks hope to turn things around on the road when they kick off their longest trip of the season Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

The Canucks opened their recent three-game homestand with a win over New Jersey last Tuesday, giving Vancouver three straight wins since opening the season with a loss in San Jose. However, the Canucks lost the final two tests of the residency by 4-1 scores, dropping decisions against San Jose and Montreal.

Vancouver, which is 1-1-0 on the road so far this season, is kicking off a seven-game road trip on Tuesday. The trek features six straight games against Eastern Conference teams before closing on Oct. 25 in St. Louis.

While Vancouver hopes to get itself back on track in Philadelphia, the Flyers have been in shambles since their season opener. The club fired head coach Peter Laviolette after an 0-3-0 start and is just 1-2-0 since Craig Berube took over behind the bench.

Philadelphia hopes its recent success against the Canucks can get them a second win on the season. The Flyers have won six of the last nine meetings with Vancouver, but Canucks head coach John Tortorella had tremendous success against Philadelphia while previously coaching the New York Rangers in recent years. Under Tortorella, the Rangers won 11 of the last 13 meetings against the Flyers.

Tortorella's club was last in action on Saturday when it lost 4-1 to the visiting Canadiens. Henrik Sedin scored Vancouver's lone goal and Roberto Luongo stopped 34-of-38 shots in the setback.

The game-winning goal surrendered by Luongo was of the odd variety. Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis misplayed the puck behind the net and it went on to bounce off both of Luongo's skates and into the net. Lars Eller, the only Montreal player close to the net, was credited with a short-handed goal that gave the Habs a 2-1 lead.

"I didn't see it. I didn't see it," Luongo said of the own goal. "I left it for our guys and was looking up ice to get back to my net and all of a sudden it's in the back of my net."

The Flyers hope Luongo and the Canucks aren't through giving up soft goals, however, as the offensively-challenged club needs all the help it can get in the scoring department.

With just eight goals through six games, the Flyers are off to the worst offensive start to a season in team history. Making matters worse, general manager Paul Holmgren recently revealed that forward Scott Hartnell will miss 2-to-4 weeks with an upper-body injury and forward Vincent Lecavalier will be out one week with a lower-body issue.

Philadelphia lost its second straight game on Saturday, dropping a 5-2 decision in Detroit. The Flyers were trailing by a 3-2 score early in the third period before Henrik Zetterberg finished off the visitors with two goals in the last 6:12 of regulation.

Erik Gustafsson and Tye McGinn lit the lamp for the Flyers, while Ray Emery was victimized for all four goals on 29 shots in his second start of the year. Philadelphia also allowed the Red Wings to convert on three of their seven power-play opportunities.

"You don't ever want to get comfortable with losing," Berube said. "But we played a solid game, a lot of urgency. We were competitive, but it wasn't enough."

Flyers captain Claude Giroux, the club's leading scorer from each of the past three seasons, finally recorded his first point of the season on Saturday when he notched the primary assist on McGinn's goal. Giroux had 48 points in 48 games for the Flyers in the lockout-shortened season of 2013 and he registered a career-best total of 93 points in 2011-12.

10/15 10:39:55 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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