GAME: Philadelphia Flyers (19-6-9-4) at Florida Panthers (12-16-9-2).TIME: Friday, 5 p.m. EST.
This current road trip hadn't been very successful for the Philadelphia Flyers -- until they reached St. Louis.
Philadelphia hopes to build on its most impressive win of the season when it faces the improving Florida Panthers.
After going winless on their first four stops (0-2-1-1) on an eight-game trip, the Flyers scored five power-play goals -- one shy of the franchise record -- Tuesday in a 7-2 rout of St. Louis.
"Wins have been hard to come by, but we haven't been discouraged," Flyers center Keith Primeau said. "We didn't do as well in December as we did in November, but we found a way to salvage and accumulate points. We think we've weathered the toughest part of our schedule."
With a goal and an assist Tuesday, Philadelphia hopes right wing Tony Amonte has broken out of a monthlong slump. Amonte had just two goals and six points in 15 games in December before Tuesday's rout.
Mike Comrie has made an impact in three games with Philadelphia, scoring one goal and setting up two others. Comrie was acquired from Edmonton on Dec. 16 for minor-league defenseman Jeff Woywitka, a 2004 first-round draft pick and a third-round pick in 2005.
The Flyers, winners of six straight in Florida, are 12-3-2 against the Panthers since the start of the 1999-00 season.
Roberto Luongo stopped 40 shots Wednesday, as Florida skated to a 2-2 tie at Tampa Bay.
"We wanted to win," Panthers coach Rick Dudley said. "Our guys wanted to win badly. I thought that was evident. We played hard all game."
Improving their play at home is imperative if the Panthers plan to return to the playoffs for the first time since 1999-00. Florida was the NHL's worst home team in 2002-03, but has been much better this season, going 7-7-5-1, including a current six-game unbeaten streak (3-0-3).