Philadelphia Flyers (37-36-8, 82pts) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (45-29-7, 97pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
presented by The Rothmans Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series: 0-3-0
All-Time Record: 84gp (49-20-7-8)
PHI: 83-pts, Giroux (22g-61a)
CAR: 83-pts, Aho (30g-53a)
1. FOR THE LAST TIME
The Flyers conclude their 51st season of play today... They own a 23-18-9 in their final regular season game, including a 8-3-2 mark in the last 13 finales... The Flyers own a 19-17-4 record on home ice and are looking for their sixth straight 20-win season at home with a win today - with a .525 win percentage at home, the Flyers have now had a winning record at the Wells Fargo Center for the 12 straight seasons and 23rd winning season on home ice in the last 24 years.
The Flyers enter tonight's game looking to snap a four-game losing skid, while the Hurricanes have won three of their last four games... For Carolina, a win combined with a Pittsburgh Penguins loss (vs. Rangers) would move them into the 3rd spot in the Metro Division instead of the first wildcard... Six Flyers will look to appear in all 82 games this season for the Flyers (Giroux, Hagg, Konecny, Laughton, Provorov & Sanheim), which would be the most since the Flyers had seven play all 82 in 2013-14... The Hurricanes could have nine players play in all 82 this season.
3. THERE'S HISTORY THERE
The Flyers will look to avoid a sweep from the Hurricanes for the first time ever since the team moved to Carolina... The last time they earned no points against the franchise came in two straight years (1990-91 & 1991-92)... This could also be the first time since the 2011-12 season that at least one game between these two teams did not go to overtime/shootout with all three games of the season series decided in regulation... This is the third time in the last six years that the Flyers have faced the Hurricanes in the final game of the season - the previous two were decided in a shootout with the Flyers dropping both contests.
4. JANUARY 14
Since Jan. 14, four teams in the Metropolitan Division, including the Flyers and Hurricanes, are among the Top 7 teams in the NHL for most wins and points (Islanders & Capitals)... The Flyers own a 21-13-2 record which is T-6th in the NHL, while the Hurricanes have a 23-11-2 mark for 3rd... The Flyers are in the Top 10 on the power play since that day, ranking 8th at 22.2%, while the Hurricanes are in the Top 10 of the penalty kill since that date, also ranking 8th at 83.7%.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (LW: #23 - Oskar Lindblom)
Lindblom has goals in two straight games and three of his last four contests... Lindblom is tied for the lead among all NHL rookies in goals (12) since Jan. 16, and is fourth in points (20) since that date... His 16th goals on the season ties him for the 2nd most goals by international born Flyers rookie in franchise history - Renberg (SWE): 41, Fedotenko (UKR): 16.
HURRICANES (LW: #86 - Teuvo Teravainen)
Teravainen has points in two straight games and three of his last four (1g-3a) and since the New Year began, he leads the Canes in overall scoring with 45 points (12g-33a) in his last 43 games... Against the Flyers, he leads the Hurricanes with five points (3g-2a) in the three-game season series.