Preview: Flyers at Hurricanes (Game 53)

Updated: February 6, 2018 at 4:55 pm by John Gove

The Philadelphia Flyers (24-19-9) will attempt to end their four-game losing streak against the Carolina Hurricanes (24-21-8) Tuesday night at the PNC Arena.

The Flyers find themselves in the thick of an intense playoff race involving every team in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes are right behind Philadelphia in the standings and can leap over them with a victory in regulation.

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PUCK DROP: 7:00 P.M.

Line Combinations: Courtesy of Daily Faceoff

Philadelphia Flyers Line Combinations

Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny

Jake Voracek – Nolan Patrick – Wayne Simmonds

Jordan Weal – Scott Laughton – Taylor Leier

Michael Raffl – Valtteri Filppula – Jori Lehtera

Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere

Robert Hagg – Andrew MacDonald

Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas

Brian Elliott

Carolina Hurricanes Line Combinations

Sebastian Aho – Jordan Staal – Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn – Victor Rask – Justin Williams

Jeff Skinner – Derek Ryan – Elias Lindholm

Joakim Nordstrom – Marcus Kruger – Lee Stempniak

Jaccob Slavin – Justin Faulk 

Noah Hanifin – Brett Pesce

Hayden Fleury – Trevor Van Riemsdyk

Cam Ward

Three Storylines to Watch

After missing the last four games with an undisclosed injury, goaltender Brian Elliot will make his return to the Flyers lineup. In his absence, Philadelphia lost every contest with Michal Neuvirth and Alex Lyon surrendering 4.5 goals per game.

Coach Dave Haktol made some alterations to Philadelphia’s bottom-six. Taylor Leier will join Scott Laughton and Jordan Weal on the third line, playing at left wing. This line performed well during their stint in Western Canada, capturing victories against the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, and Vancouver Canucks. Michael Raffl will be moved to the fourth line and will shift from left wing to right wing.

The Hurricanes find themselves in a similar spot as the Flyers, battling for one of five playoff spots that will most likely be occupied by teams from the Metropolitan Division. After Sunday’s loss to San Jose, Carolina coach Bill Peters called out his team, questioning their effort. It will be interesting to see how the Hurricanes respond.

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