When the Carolina Hurricanes and the Philadelphia Flyers met for the first time this season back on December 31, 2018, the two teams were tied at the bottom of the Metro Division standings with 35 points each. The Canes won that New Year’s Eve game against the Flyers and went on to post 60 points thus far in 2019.
Tonight the Canes and Flyers meet for the final game of the regular season. The Hurricanes are playoff bound. The Flyers are not. In fact, their loss to the Canes last Saturday eliminated them from the postseason.
Having won all three matchups this season, the Canes have the opportunity to sweep the season series with the Flyers for the first time since 2013-14. There are also some milestones on the line in the final game of the regular season:
- This season’s total of 97 points is tied with the ‘08-09 team for 2nd overall in franchise history. One point tonight will put the ‘18-19 Canes into solo second place behind the Cup-winning 2005-06 team.
- Brett Pesce enters tonight’s game ranked 4th in the NHL in plus/minus rating (+34). Barring the unlikely event of going -5, he will break the old franchise record for a season (+29), set by Ulf Samuelson in ‘86-87.
- Teuvo Teravainen has a career-high 54 assists this season, the most for a Hurricanes player since Rod Brind’Amour tallied 56 in ‘06-’07. Teravainen is also +28, which is 9th in the NHL.
- Sebastian Aho needs 3 more points to reach 200 for his career. Only two Finnish-born players have hit the 200 point mark before the end of their third season, Jari Kurri (265) and Teemu Selanne (234).
Rod Brind’Amour will start Curtis McElhinney in goal tonight, and will make an additional change to put Saku Maenalanen in the lineup for some pre-playoff playing time. Here’s how the Canes will line up:
Nino Niederreiter - Sebastian Aho - Justin Williams
Micheal Ferland - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov - Jordan Martinook - Brock McGinn
Warren Foegele - Lucas Wallmark - Saku Maenalanen
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Brett Pesce - Justin Faulk
Haydn Fleury - Trevor van Riemsdyk
Injuries and scratches: Calvin de Haan (upper body), Greg McKegg (healthy)
And in what could be interim coach Scott Gordon’s final game as Flyers coach, he will send out this lineup:
Claude Giroux - Sean Couturier - Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk - Scott Laughton - Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom - Corban Knight - Ryan Hartman
Michael Raffl - Phil Varone - Samuel Morin
Ivan Provorov - Travis Sanheim
Shayne Gostisbehere - Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg - Radko Gudas