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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadelphia Flyers: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes come off of a pair of tough losses as they look to get their homestand back on track against a Metropolitan Division foe.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes take on the Philadelphia Flyers as they try to build on their dismal record against Metropolitan Division opponents this season. A win tonight would separate the Hurricanes from Philadelphia by 3 points, while a loss would allow for the division rival to leapfrog the Hurricanes into a Wild Card spot.


Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Record 21-7-3 13-13-7
Goals/Game 3.23 2.54
Goals Against/Game 2.48 3.12
Shots/Game 31.52 28.70
Face Off Win % 54.4% 46.2%
Power Play % (Rank) 30.6% (1st) 14.8% (26th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 82.9% (9th) 74.0% (26th)
ES Corsi For % 53.04% 46.16%
ES PDO 100.96 99.42
PIM/Game 07:21 06:43

Goaltender #1

Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Record 12-4-1 8-10-5
Save % 0.909 .900
GAA 2.68 2.98

Goaltender #2

Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Record 7-2-2 5-3-2
Save % .930 .912
GAA 1.96 2.91

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes and Flyers are meeting for the third of four matchups this season. The Canes will travel to Philadelphia on March 5th to round out the season series.
  • The Flyers have been perfect against the Canes so far this season, posting a 4-1 win in Wells Fargo Center and a 5-3 win in Raleigh in a pair of November games. Despite tough sledding this season, the Hurricanes have been competitive against the Flyers in recent years, recording a 16-7-5 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • The Canes need to turn around their luck against the rest of the division. They are 3-9-1 against the Metro this season, by far the worst mark of any of the eight teams.
  • The Finns have been hot against Philadelphia in their careers — Sebastian Aho has recorded 16 points (7g, 9a) in 15 career games against the Flyers, while Teuvo Teravainen has posted 18 points (6g, 12a) in 17 career games against.
  • Jordan Martinook enters tonight’s matchup just one shy of 100 career points in the NHL. He’s earned 34 (17g, 17a) of those in a Hurricanes jersey.
  • Brett Pesce picked up an assist on the lone Hurricanes goal against Tampa Bay, posting his 99th career NHL assist and extending his assist streak to three games — matching both the longest assist streak and the longest point streak of his career.

Storm Advisory

  • Former Hurricane Nathan Gerbe’s fight back to the NHL was long and winding. [The Athletic]
  • Alex Ovechkin should go be a Hibachi Chef instead. [Facebook]
  • I’m glad this is catching on.
  • Dougie Hamilton is emerging as one of the best offensive defensemen in the NHL this year. [NBC]
  • After a slow start from the Predators, Peter Laviolette and Kevin McCarthy are out in Nashville.
  • ...And we don’t know who’s coaching tonight (yet).
  • This looks pretty awesome.