Capitals Vs. Flyers: Philadelphia Searches For Consistency In Nation's Capital

Mar 1, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen (44) skates with the puck against the New York Islanders during the 1st period at the Wells Fargo Center. The Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Islanders, 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Szagola-US PRESSWIRE

The Philadelphia Flyers will look for their first string of back-to-back victories since Jan. 10-12 Sunday, as they visit the Washington Capitals in a Eastern Conference showdown (7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network).

The Philadelphia Flyers are trying to find some consistency in their play, and a match up with the struggling Washington Capitals Sunday (7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network) at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. might do the trick. The Flyers (35-21-7, 77 points) are looking for consecutive wins for the first time since Jan. 10-12, while the Capitals (32-27-5, 69 points) are coming off a tough 5-0 loss to the Florida Panthers.

On Thursday, the Flyers defeated the visiting New York Islanders 6-3. Matt Read tallied two goals and Jaromir Jagr netted the game-winner for Philly, which has traded wins and loses in its last six games.

The victory came at a price, though, as James van Riemsdyk broke a bone in his left foot and will miss four to six weeks.

Meanwhile, Washington gave up three first period goals en route to a shutout loss on Friday. The result snapped a three-game winning streak for the Capitals, who were 4-8-3 in their last 15 games before that.

Currently, the season series between these two franchises is split, as the Capitals won the opener 5-2 on Oct. 20, while the Flyers earned a 5-1 victory in the second meeting.

The Flyers and Caps will end the season series on March 22nd.

For more on Flyers hockey, visit the SB Nation blog Broad Street Hockey, while Jaspers' Rink has everything on the Capitals.

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