The Carolina Hurricanes, (7-11-3) take on the Philadelphia Flyers, (11-4-3) for the second game of a back to back sequence for them tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. This is the fifth set out of 16 scheduled back-to-backs for the season. So far the Canes are 2-2-1 in the first games, and 1-2-1 in the second.
Paul Maurice said earlier that he will go with Cam Ward in net, even though he played last night. The team also recalled Brett Sutter for this game and reassigned Zach Boychuk and Zac Dalpe to Charlotte.
The official lines for this one are in question because the Carolina coach said last night in his post game interview that he would not be sticking with the same lines he used against Toronto. He wanted to split up the scoring -- in other words-- Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal will not be on the same lines.
Look for the Finns/Skinns line of Jokinen, Ruutu, and Skinner to return. But who will be on Staal's line? Chad LaRose has been a popular choice all season, for better or for worse. Almost everyone else has had a chance for a game or two. Or will Staal move back to play wing on Brandon Sutter's line? Stay tuned.
One thing to look for on defense is the pairing of Jay Harrison and Justin Faulk. The duo had a very strong game and led all Carolina players in time on the ice last night. Bryan Allen and Tim Gleason look better together than they have with others. That would leave Jamie McBain to be teamed up with Tomas Kaberle.
Joni Pitkanen started skating but is still out.
On the other side of the rink, the Flyers will be missing Jaromir Jagr tonight. But do they need him? Claude Giroux seems to single-handedly crush the Hurricanes every game against and has scored seven points in the last two games between the teams.
The Flyers have won both contests so far this season, 5-1 in Philly and 5-3 at the RBC.
Cam Ward is 4-9-2 lifetime against this club and the Broad Street Bullies have a 17-2-3 record against the Canes in their last 22 meetings. Will tonight be different?
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The game will be televised locally by FS Carolinas and 99.9 The Fan will have the radio broadcast. We will have our open game thread ready to go starting at 6:30.