Flyers-Canucks: A Cup Final preview?

The Flyers are 6-0-1 in their last 7 road games. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

   VANCOUVER - The Flyers have the NHL's best road record (10-2-3) _ and are 6-0-1 in their last seven contests away from the Wells Fargo Center _ as they start a five-game trip with a stop in Vancouver Tuesday night.

    The Canucks are also on a roll, having moved to No. 2 in the West. They have not lost in regulation since Dec. 5, going 7-0-2 in that span.

    Tuesday's matchup could be a Stanley Cup Finals preview.

    "I hope so," center Danny Briere said with a smile after Monday's practice.

    Strong goaltending (take a bow, Sergei Bobrovsky) has keyed the Flyers' road success. They have allowed two or fewer goals in 11 of their 15 road games. Bobrovsky is 7-1-1 with a 2.00 goals-against average on the road.

    Look for Bobrovsky to face Roberto Luongo on Tuesday. Luongo is slated to start and then head to Florida Wednesday to be with his pregnant wife, who is scheduled to deliver on Thursday.

   Containing the Sedin twins _ Henrik and Daniel have combined for 87 points _ and Ryan Kesler (17 goals) will be key for the Flyers, who play nine of their next 10 games on the road.

    In addition to having almost identical records, the Flyers (22-8-5) and Canucks (21-8-5) have similar goals totals. The Flyers have outscored their opponents, 117-87; Vancouver has a 115-88 advantage over its foes.

    All signs point to a low-scoring, tight game on Tuesday.

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    Former Flyers defenseman Ryan Parent, who had been on a minor-league conditioning stint, was recalled by Vancouver. He will probably be a healthy scratch Tuesday.

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