The Carolina Hurricanes, (4-3-3) look to build on a solid performance against Chicago last night as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers, (5-4-1) at Wells Fargo Center tonight at 7. The seemingly up and down Canes have actually been mostly up lately and have earned points in six of their last seven games.
According to reports from Philadelphia this morning, Brian Boucher will start for Carolina and will face the goalie that took his old job, Ilya Bryzgalov. Boucher had a rough time of it in his last start in Winnipeg and will be looking for a better performance against his former teammates.
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|2011 - Ilya Bryzgalov||8||452||3||4||26||3.45||200||174||.870||1|
Look for the Hurricanes to stick with the same lines which worked so well last night. The question? Can they build consistency with two solid games in a row?
- LaRose, Staal, Tlusty
- Skinner, Jokinen, Ruutu
- Dwyer, Sutter, Ponikarovsky
- Boychuk, Brent, Stewart
- Gleason, Allen
- Pitkanen, McBain
- Harrison, Kaberle
The Flyers are coming off a wild 9-8 loss to Winnipeg and will be looking to right their ship. They have lost four of their last five overall and have allowed plenty of goals, (25) in the process. According to our partners at Broad Street Hockey, the Philadelphia lineup will be as follows:
Hartnell - Giroux - Jagr
Voracek - Briere - Simmonds
van Riemsdyk - Couturier - Read
Shelley/Nodl - Talbot - Rinaldo
Coburn - Carle
Timonen - Meszaros
Lilja - Gustafsson
Chris Pronger remains out of commission.
The Canes have not done well against the Flyers recently. They went 1-3 against Philadelphia last season and the Flyers have earned points in 17 of the last 18 meetings between the clubs, (15-1-2).
In other news, Daniel Carcillo is under the eye of NHL rules czar Brendan Shanahan. The play where he shoved Joni Pitkanen into the boards during the opening period last night is under review. Carcillo was not penalized on the play.
The game tonight will be televised by FS Carolinas. 99.9 The Fan will have the radio broadcast. We will have our open thread cranked up and ready at 6:30.