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Preds aim for rare road triumph in Philadelphia

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Nashville Predators will try to win two straight for the first time this month, as they shoot for a rare road victory against the Philadelphia Flyers in Thursday's clash at Wells Fargo Center.

The Predators closed December on a two-game winning streak, but they haven't been able to string together wins so far in 2014. Nashville is 2-3-3 in January, but the club was able to halt a three-game losing streak with Tuesday's 4-2 home win against Calgary.

Nashville, however, hasn't earned a victory in Philadelphia in over seven years, losing three straight in the City of Brotherly Love since a 3-2 win on Nov. 29, 2006. The Flyers are 5-2-1 with a tie in the eight all-time meetings in South Philadelphia and have claimed two straight and three of four overall in this series.

Philly recorded a 3-2 shootout win on Nov. 30 in Nashville, halting a five- game winless streak in the Music City.

The Predators were tied 1-1 with the Flames heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation in Tuesday's win. Ryan Ellis and Craig Smith each scored within the first 2:40 of the third period to give Nashville the lead for good.

Ellis also helped set up Viktor Stalberg's goal later in the final period to make it a 4-1 game. David Legwand finished with three assists and captain Shea Weber added a power-play tally for Nashville.

Carter Hutton made 22 saves to record the victory.

"Good effort by everybody," Nashville head coach Barry Trotz said. "Give Calgary some credit, they hung around. They're a hard kill, but the third period, obviously we got those quick goals and the puck started finding the back of the net."

The Predators added goaltender Devan Dubnyk to their roster on Wednesday, acquiring him from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Matt Hendricks. Dubnyk, 27, had been struggling in his fifth season for Edmonton but the former first-round pick could help Nashville goaltending situation while No. 1 netminder Pekka Rinne continues to recover from a hip infection.

Last week the Predators said that Rinne, who hasn't played since Oct. 22, has been cleared to begin weight-bearing exercises. Nashville has been using Marek Mazanec and Hutton -- both rookies -- in net during Rinne's absence.

Dubnyk had an .894 save percentage and 3.36 goals against average in 32 games for the Oilers this season, including 29 starts. He began losing starts when Edmonton signed Ilya Bryzgalov in November.

Hendricks had two goals and four points in 44 games for the Predators this season.

The Flyers, meanwhile, were able to snap a two-game slide with a comeback win Tuesday in Buffalo. Vincent Lecavalier's goal with 14.8 seconds left in regulation capped a wild third period and sent Philadelphia to a 4-3 win over the Sabres.

Philly trailed 2-1 after Matt D'Agostini scored for Buffalo at 6:27 of the third period, but goals from Brayden Schenn and Scott Hartnell during a 2 1/2- minute span in the third period staked the Flyers to a 3-2 edge. Tyler Ennis would tie it up for Buffalo with 3:13 remaining, but Lecavalier would provide heroics in the closing seconds for Philadelphia.

On the shift prior to his game-winning goal, Lecavalier's prayer from the left wing deflected off a Sabres stick, fooled Jhonas Enroth and almost crossed the goal line. As time wound down in regulation, Matt Read fished a loose puck out of a scrum at the left post and dished back to the veteran, who ended a 13- game scoring drought with a rising shot from the bottom of the circle.

"They've been hard to come by since I came back from my injury," Lecavalier said. "I'm just getting more confidence to keep going."

Steve Mason did just enough to snag the win for the Flyers, making 16 saves.

Hartnell suffered a lower-body injury while blocking a shot on Tuesday and is questionable for tonight's tilt.

01/16 11:00:35 ET

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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
 
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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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