Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 5:00 pm EDT
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
TV - Fox Sports Carolinas
Radio - 99.9 The Fan
The Hurricanes kicked off their season Friday night with a 3-2 loss in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings. Bob and Cory have done a fantastic job of breaking that game down already so there's no need to rehash things here other than to say that there were both positives and negatives to take away from that game.
Tonight the Canes host the Flyers with a chance to continue to build off of some of the positives from Friday night's game and to take three out of a possible four points off of this early season two game home stand. The Flyers are coming off a 4-1 loss last night against the Montreal Canadiens. Hopefully the Canes can take advantage of the quick back to back for their opponents and get two points. One thing is for certain, the new divisional foe Flyers won't make it easy on the Canes.
While tonight is the first divisional game between the Flyers and Canes, it doesn't mean that there won't be some familiar faces. Long time Lightning player Vincent Lecavalier signed with the Flyers after being bought out this summer. Vinny was always a Cane killer and had the lone goal for the Flyers last night with a third period power play tally. Will he be able to keep that up without long time running mate Martin St. Louis on his line?
A few items to look for at today's game:
New Faces - Friday night saw two new players score their first goals with the Hurricanes. Radek Dvorak with a nice tip on a Skinner crossing pass in the first, and Nathan Gerbe with a power play goal in the second. Will either play be able to get back on the scorecard today? Neither player is expected to be a top point producer, but secondary scoring is always necessary in the NHL to be a winning team and something the Canes have lacked much of the last two years.
First Line - The Canes first line of Eric Staal, Alexander Semin, and Jiri Tlusty were held in check pretty well by the Red Wings on Friday night. This isn't to say there weren't bright spots, but the Wings did a good job of limiting that lines effectiveness. Will tonight be more of the same of will the Canes top line be able to assert some dominance. Given that Philly is now a divisional foe it's going to be critical that the Canes top line at the least tilt the ice in favor of the Hurricanes.
As of now there are no changes to the lineup from Friday's season opener, but we will keep you updated as information becomes available. No word yet from the Flyers on if they will make any lineup moves after last nights game. There will be no practice this morning before the game.
The Canes continue their opening weekend festivities today. All fans in attendance will receive a free magnetic schedule tomorrow night. Activities will be held on the south lawn like opening night. Check out CH.com for a complete breakdown of events.