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Philadelphia Flyers Visit Surging Florida Panthers Today

The Flyers travel to Florida to take on the Panthers tonight. Can they stop Kris Versteeg?

The Philadelphia Flyers travel tonight to take on the Florida Panthers. There is a bit of a story behind this match up. Last season the Flyers made a trade for left-winger Kris Versteeg during the end of season stretch. It wasn't a good fit and the two parties ways in the off season. Versteeg is now a member of the Panthers and is a game removed from his first career hat trick. 

The Flyers are coming off of a disappointing 2-1 loss at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa used a 1-3-1 defense which limited the Flyers to only 15 shots on goal. The Flyers usually average 3.08 goals a game. This is a direct contrast to the Panthers team they face tonight, who allow an average of 33.0 shots a game, one of the highest marks in the NHL.

The Flyers will also benefit from the return of Chris Pronger, who was out for six games due to a stick to the eye. It is the first match up between the two teams in the 2011/2012 NHL season. Last year the Flyers won three of the four. This year Philly is 4-1-1 on the road.