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

The Hurricanes come off of a four day break to take on the scorching-hot Flyers in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Flyers v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images

The Hurricanes begin a busy final month of the season tonight, taking on a red-hot Flyers team in Philadelphia as they try to keep up with the Eastern Conference playoff race.

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 Canes and Flyers are meeting for the fourth and final matchup between the teams this season. The Flyers lead the season series with a record of 2-0-1. The Flyers picked up both of the November matchups in regulation, but the Canes took the January 7th game against the Flyers in PNC Arena with an overtime goal from Dougie Hamilton.
  • The Finns have been hot against Philadelphia. Sebastian Aho has tallied 18 points (7g, 11a) in 16 career games, while Teuvo Teravainen has picked up 18 goals (6g, 12a) in 18 games against the Flyers.
  • Nino Niederreiter will play in his 100th Hurricanes game tonight. He has tallied 57 points (24g, 33a) in 99 games since his acquisition last January.
  • The Flyers were hit with some bad news when James van Riemsdyk blocked a shot that led to a key injury.
  • The Flyers will recall Joel Farabee for tonight’s game in response.
  • Tonight’s game is the Canes’ token appearance on NBCSN this season. They’ll be back in the friendly confines of Fox Sports Carolinas this weekend.
  • Playoff watch: The Hurricanes are three points behind the Islanders with a game in hand, and four points behind the Blue Jackets with four games (!) in hand.
  • Tonight’s rooting guide: Canes over Flyers, Capitals over Rangers, Senators over Islanders in regulation.

Storm Advisory

  • Here’s a great piece by Scott Burnside on a day in the life of Andrei Svechnikov. [The Athletic ($)]
  • Keith Kinkaid, in loan to the Checkers from the Canadiens organization, could make a big impact in Charlotte. [NHL]
  • Johnny Boychuk tweeted a message following his scary face injury on Tuesday night.
  • It finally happened. Tripp Tracy joined Twitter...again. (and Svech, naturally, is the only person he follows)
  • The circus continues apace in Ottawa, as the Senators announce the dismissal of recently-hired CEO Jim Little.