Flyers (35-25-11, 81 PTS) @ Hurricanes (30-29-11, 71 PTS)
Previous Meeting: CAR 4 @ PHI 1, 3/1/18
After finishing the month of February with a record of 10-1-2, the month of March has been nothing but a nightmare for the Flyers. They enter tonight’s matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes losers of 7 of their last 8 games, and the cushion they had for their playoff spot has evaporated. After the loss on Thursday to Columbus, the Blue Jackets are now tied for 3rd place in the Metropolitan division with 81 points and the New Jersey Devils are right behind them with 80 points. Philadelphia needs a wake up call and they need one fast. Carolina enters tonight’s game after a backbreaking defeat to the Boston Bruins, which saw the Bruins rattle off 5 unanswered goals in the 3rd period to erase a three goal deficit and earn both points in a 6-4 victory.
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PUCK DROP: 7:00 P.M.
LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
Philadelphia: (Flyers Line Combinations)
It’ll be interesting to see if Coach Hakstol makes any changes to his lines or defensive pairings in attempts to “wake up” his team. From what it seems, he may roll with the same lineup from Thursday night.
Alex Lyon gets the start in goal with Petr Mrazek being pulled in his last outing.
Giroux – Couturier – Konecny
Lindblom – Patrick – Voracek
Raffl – Filppula – Simmonds
Lehtera – Laughton – Read
Provorov – Gostisbehere
Sanheim – MacDonald
Manning – Gudas
Carolina: (Hurricanes Line Combinations)
Aho – Staal – Teravainen
McGinn – Lindholm – Willams
Skinner – Rask – Di Giuseppe
Nordstrom – Ryan – Stempniak
Slavin – Pesce
Fleury – Faulk
Hanifin – van Reimsdyk
THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH
If Philadelphia wants to go into Raleigh and come away with a win, it’s going to need to get it’s power play clicking. Over the last six meetings between these two teams, Carolina has killed all 13 power play opportunities that the Flyers have had. With the amount of firepower Philadelphia has on the power play, it’s time to find their scoring touch.
Claude Giroux comes into today’s game on an eight game point streak, tallying 4 goals and 5 assists in that span. The next point the Hearst, Ontario native scores will tie him with Eric Lindros for fifth all time in Philadelphia Flyers history with 659 points.
Tonight’s goalie matchup features Alex Lyon and Cam Ward facing off against one another. Lyon has appeared in seven NHL games, posting 2-2-0 record with a .912 save percentage. Ward has 12 victories in 30 career match-ups with the Orange and Black. He owns a 2.66 GAA and a .903 SV% in those 30 games.