October 22, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fox Sports Carolinas | 99.9 The Fan
SB Nation rival blog: Broad Street Hockey
- Last time out the Canes were able to pick up their first win this year when they defeated the Flames 4-2 Thursday night thanks in large part to early scoring and solid goaltending. The team will need both of these areas to continue to find success throughout the season.
- Eddie Lack held the team in the game versus the Flames and is a major reason why the team won. Expect to see Lack in net versus the Flyers as he is currently winning the goaltending battle between him and Cam Ward.
- The Hurricanes special teams have been impressive during the season so far. The Canes currently have the 4th ranked PK (93.8%) and the 5th ranked PP (31.3%) in the NHL. Killing off 6 penalties versus Calgary, the Canes are using special teams to win games, which is something Caniacs have dreamt about for nearly a decade.
- Coming off his first ever 3-point game, Noah Hanifin will need to step up and continue to help lead the defense versus a Flyers team who will put them to the test. Getting more offensive production from Hanifin is a need for the team as they cannot rely solely on Justin Faulk to produce from the blue line.
- The line of Jeff Skinner, Victor Rask, and Lee Stempniak is one of the hottest lines in the NHL so far this season putting up 15 points in 4 games. Look for that combination to play a big role against Philadelphia and going forward. Maybe the Canes have found the first line they needed.
- The Flyers dropped their home opener to the Ducks 3-2 Thursday night. Philly will come out strong in their second home game and use the crowd to their advantage. If the Canes can jump out early they should have the advantage.
- Dale Weise of the Flyers was suspended 3 games by the NHL on Friday for his illegal hit against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer in Thursday’s game. Weise becomes the third Flyers player suspended so far in this young season.
- With this suspension, Nick Cousins figures to move to the third line, and Roman Lyubimov would likely go to the fourth line for the Flyers.
- Will the Canes open up another 3 goal lead versus the Flyers? So far the team has done so in 3 of their 4 games but with only one win to show for it. This will be interesting to see if and how this trend continues in to the season.
Lines and rosters, along with a look at the Flyers, will be up later this afternoon.