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Sooner Or Later: Hurricanes At Flyers, Game Day Preview

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The Carolina Hurricanes, (26-21-7) have not had much success playing against the Philadelphia Flyers, (35-13-5) in recent years, but they will give it another try tonight at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The Flyers are 14-0-3 in their last 17 games against the Canes, (with eight straight wins).  Carolina has not won against this team in regulation since December, 2006.  Will tonight be any different?

After guiding them to the Stanley Cup Finals last year, coach Peter Laviolette has done another tremendous job with the Flyers again this season and currently has them sitting in first place in the Eastern Conference.  The club has won two in a row and has an 8-2-0 record in it's last 10 as well as 12-3-0 in it's last 15.    

The Canes on the other hand have a 4-5-1 record in their last 10, although they have been able to slip up into eighth place in the conference and are hoping to stay there or hopefully move up even further.  If the season ended today, this would be Carolina's first round matchup and it's probably the last team they would like to face. 

Brian Boucher will get the start tonight for the home team while Cam Ward will make his 14th consecutive start for the Canes.


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Cam Ward 47 2691 23 17 122 2.72 1513 1391 .919 2


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Brian Boucher 22 1221 12 6 47 2.31 581 534 .919 0

 

Boucher is 5-1-0 lifetime against Carolina with a shutout.

Ward is 1-7-1 against Philadelphia in his last nine starts and has a career 3-7-2 record against the team.

It stands to reason that Justin Peters will see some action eventually, especially considering the Canes face a back-to-back situation this weekend, but it won't be tonight unless the Flyers chase Ward like they did the last time these two teams met during their 8-1 laugher at the RBC on November 11.

Peters has not played since January 9.

The Flyers are led in scoring by All Star, Claude Giroux, but the young forward has plenty of help.


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Claude Giroux 53 19 31 50 14 31 7 3 3 109


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Danny Briere 50 26 19 45 14 65 5 0 5 168


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Mike Richards 53 17 31 48 11 41 3 3 4 124


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Jeff Carter 53 25 23 48 21 33 6 0 5 225

 

Our friends at  Broad Street Hockey will have more about the Flyers.

 

The Hurricanes are led by Eric Staal, with rookie Jeff Skinner now in sole possession of second place on the team's scoring list.

 


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Eric Staal 54 26 28 54 -11 52 8 2 6 203


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Jeff Skinner 54 20 23 43 -2 22 6 0 2 139

 

Both Staal and Skinner are riding two game scoring streaks.  Ian White and Joni Pitkanen have assists in two straight, although Pitkanen will not play tonight as he joins his countryman, Jussi Jokinen, on the team's injured list. Jokinen is expected to miss another week while Pitkanen could play this weekend.

Brett Carson has been recalled from Charlotte to take the defenseman's place.  Carson has played in seven games for Carolina so far this season and has a plus-3 rating.  He leads all skaters in Charlotte at plus-11.

Look for Carolina's lines to start out like this:

  • Staal, Cole, Samsonov
  • Ruutu, Skinner, LaRose
  • Sutter, Tlusty, Dwyer
  • Carter, Bodie, Boychuk
  • Gleason, Corvo
  • McBain, White
  • Harrison, Carson

The Canes should have some extra motivation to at least keep this game respectable, especially after getting shellacked last time.  How will they fare against one of the league's elite teams?

The game will be televised locally by FS Carolinas starting at 7 p.m.  We will have the open game thread ready to go at 6:30.