Hurricanes Record: 20-19-9 (49 pts.)
Flyers Record: 25-19-6 (56 pts.)
[Note to self, no more remarks about scheduling gods OR weather gods...]
The big story, obviously, is weather, causing last night's game to be postponed until today. In case you missed it, the new and improved schedule has moved the Flyers game to 6:00 pm tonight (note earlier start time) and Friday's previously scheduled home game against the Ottawa Senators has been moved to Saturday at noon. In between, the Canes will fly to Buffalo and face the Sabres before heading back home.
The shifting has ever-so-slightly prevented three games in three days, which is disallowed by league rules. The Canes will instead play three games in three and 3/4 days.
But hey, at least they have games in hand.
For fans planning ahead, the Canes website has the logistics for Saturday's game as well as broadcast notes. Fox Sports Carolinas will carry both broadcasts, but alternative channels may be required, so check here, twitter, and the web page for up-to-date broadcast guides.
The Canes did practice yesterday before all the weather-related issues kicked in. Kirk Muller tinkered with the forward lines, moving Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm to a line with Jordan Staal, and moving stalwarts Nathan Gerbe and Patrick Dwyer to a line centered by Riley Nash.
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe - Riley Nash - Patrick Dwyer
Tuomo Ruutu - Manny Malhotra - Radek Dvorak
Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Ron Hainsey - John-Michael Liles
Mike Komiarek - Jay Harrison
Brett Bellemore - Ryan Murphy
The Flyers were coming in to Tuesday's game on a back-to-back situation, having played Monday on Long Island. They are now rested. Jakub Voracek left their game Monday with an injury to his hands/fingers, and was to be evaluated yesterday, but there is no news of his status, so consider him a game-time decision. Steve Mason was announced yesterday as the starting goaltender. Otherwise, there are no updates in terms of the lineup. Here's how they hit the ice on Monday:
Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek
Scott Hartnell - Brayden Schenn - Wayne Simmonds
Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Vincent Lecavalier
Steve Downie - Adam Hall - Jay Rosehill
Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Nicklas Grossmann - Mark Streit
Andrej Meszaros - Luke Schenn
Stick close by for any updates throughout the day, and the game thread will be up and rolling by 5:30 pm. See you there.