Flyers visit Kings aiming to get on track

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers hope a trip to the City of Angels can get them back in the win column, as the sliding club visits the Los Angeles Kings for Saturday's matinee clash at Staples Center.

The Flyers enter this afternoon's contest on a six-game losing streak, the franchise's longest slide since an 0-3-3 drought to open the 2008-09 season.

Philadelphia's struggles go beyond its current 0-4-2 slide, as the Flyers also are sporting a 1-8-2 record over their last 11 contests.

Today's date against the defending Stanley Cup champions wouldn't seem to be what the doctor ordered, but Philadelphia has been very successful in L.A. recently, taking three straight and seven of the last nine encounters at Staples Center.

Philly also has won two of three against the Kings overall, including a 3-2 overtime win when L.A. visited Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 28. Former Kings prospect Brayden Schenn provided the OT winner for the Flyers.

The Kings, however, are boasting an 11-3-1 record on home ice this season and today's game will be the club's last tilt as the host until Dec. 18 against St. Louis. Los Angeles, which is just 3-4-4 on the road this season, will begin a five-game road trip Tuesday in Buffalo.

The Flyers fell to 2-9-2 as the road club with Wednesday's 5-4 shootout loss in Anaheim. It was Philadelphia's ninth straight road loss.

Philadelphia blew a 3-1 lead to the Ducks but tied it on Wayne Simmonds' second goal with 1.8 seconds remaining in regulation. However, Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry both scored in the tiebreaker to earn the extra point for Anaheim.

"I liked the way our team is competing," said Flyers head coach Craig Berube. "The work ethic is there but we have to be smarter."

Steve Mason registered 29 saves for the Flyers, who haven't won away from Philadelphia since beating the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 22. The Flyers will complete their current five-game road trip Tuesday in Columbus.

The Kings are coming off consecutive shutout wins. Jonathan Quick made 31 saves to blank visiting Boston in Tuesday's 2-0 victory, while Martin Jones posted a 26-save shutout in Thursday's road win over Arizona.

Jones actually recorded his second consecutive shutout on Thursday. Quick's understudy made 28 saves in the Kings' 4-0 win over the Wild on Nov. 26 before shutting down the Coyotes in his next appearance.

"I try not to look at shutouts too much, more of the process than anything else," said Jones. "I've just got to continue to work on my game and there is definitely some stuff I can clean up and continue to get better here."

Dustin Brown had two goals and an assist for the Kings, who have won three of four. Jarret Stoll and Alec Martinez both had one goal and an assist.

Quick is likely to start today's game. He made 40 saves in the loss to Philadelphia on Oct. 28 and is 4-2-1 with a 1.86 goals against average in his career against the Flyers.

Mason is expected to start for Philly. He is 6-7-0 with a 3.08 GAA in 13 career games versus the Kings.