Carter, Flyers face Panthers before All-Star break

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Atlanta (17-25-5) at Philadelphia (24-12-9), 7:00 pm EST

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- With a tough stretch looming after the

All-Star Game, Jeff Carter and the Philadelphia Flyers will hope

to head into the break on a positive note.

It won't be easy as Carter and the Flyers host the suddenly

surging Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday.

The team's only representative at the midseason gala, Carter

could enter the event as the NHL's leading goal-scorer. He

ranks second in the league with 30 goals, one behind Washington

Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin.

Carter scored in Friday's 3-2 shootout victory over the Florida

Panthers. Simon Gagne also tallied in regulation and netted the

lone goal in the bonus format for Philadelphia, which avoided a

third straight loss.

After the All-Star break, the Flyers will play five of their

next six contests on the road with the only home game against

the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins.

The Thrashers are on a three-game winning streak after defeating

the Montreal Canadiens, 4-2, on Tuesday. It is just the second

time this season that Atlanta has strung together consecutive

wins.

Rookie defenseman Zach Bogosian is already showing signs of his

potential. The 18-year-old, who was selected third overall in

June's draft, scored a goal and set up another in each of the

last two contests after not recording a point over his first 11

career games.

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