Found October 26, 2011 on Buzz On Broad:
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The Flyers will look to build on their win over the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this week as they take on another team from north of the border; the Montreal Canadiens.

Goaltender Carey Price (.878 Save %, 3.13 GAA) and newcomer Eric Cole (1G, 1A, minus 4) have really struggled as the Canadiens are off to an abysmal 1-5-2 start this season. Their only win came against the Winnipeg Jets in their second game of the season, and they are currently on a 6-game losing streak that began almost two weeks ago on October 13th.

The Flyers have beaten the Habs in their last three meetings, so they’re certainly hoping that both streaks continue tonight at the Bell Centre in downtown Montreal.

The Flyers ended their losing skid on Monday night against the Maple Leafs at home, but suffered a bigger loss when Chris Pronger went down with an eye injury. Pronger will be out for 2-3 weeks, and the team is looking towards Matt Walker and Andreas Lilja to step up and make plays in the captain’s absence.

Lilja knows what it takes to fill-in and get the job done for his team.

"It's not the way you want to go in, but there's an opportunity for me. We're all going to have to chip in and take over his minutes. It's a tough job, but we can all chip in and do what we have to do."

Taking over Pronger’s minutes is probably the toughest part for the Flyers’ defensive group, as Pronger has led the team in ice team in each game this season, aside from Monday’s early exit.

As far as special teams go, the Flyers will probably give Matt Read some extra time on the power play in Pronger’s absence. Read played the point well against Toronto on a Flyers’ power play unit that is performing very well.

At 27.5 percent (11-for-40), the Flyers have the fourth-ranked power play in the National Hockey League, and have scored 40.7 percent of their goals this season on the power play.

Ilya Bryzgalov will get the start in net for the Flyers as he looks to get back on track after a frustrating loss to the St. Louis Blues in his last start.

C.J. Burns is the Flyers beat writer for Buzz on Broad. You can find him on Twitter @CJBurns215

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