Philadelphia Flyers (10-7-4, 24pts)
Carolina Hurricanes (13-7-1, 27pts)
at PNC Arena | Raleigh, NC
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 1-0-0
All-Time Record: 86gp (50-21-7-8)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 20-pts (8g-12a)
CAR - Andrei Svechnikov (10g-13a) & Dougie Hamilton (9g-14a): 23-pts
1. SNAP OUT OF IT
The Flyers enter tonight looking to snap a four-game winless skid (Nov. 13-19), which was preceded by a four-game winning streak (Nov. 5-10)... Despite the skid, the Flyers own the 3rd best record in the Eastern Conference since the start of November with 13 points, going 5-2-3... The Flyers have also scored the game's first goal in three straight games, seven of their last eight and 14 of their 21 games, going 9-4-1... Their 14 first goals are T-2nd most in the NHL.
2. UP & DOWN
The Hurricanes have been a streaky team for most of the season, they are currently riding a four-game winning streak, which comes directly after a four-game losing skid... Prior to that, they won three in-a-row, after losing three in-a-row... During the current four-game streak, the Canes have scored 21 goals and given up 11 goals... Carolina has also gone perfect on the penalty kill in five straight games, killing 16 straight penalties, after previously giving up four goals on the PK in their previous four games.
3. SECOND HELPING
This is the second of four meetings and first in Raleigh, NC for the Flyers, who won the first game, 4-1 on Nov. 5 by scoring three unanswered goals in the third period... It also snapped a four-game skid against the Hurricanes after losing all four games in last year's season series... The Flyers have earned points in six of eight games (4-2-2) against Metropolitan Division opponents, while the Canes have dropped five of seven against the Metro (2-4-1).
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: Sean Couturier will play his 600th NHL game tonight, all of which have been with the Flyers, which will make him the youngest player in franchise history to appear in 600 games for the team... THAT: Carolina has the second-highest scoring defense in the NHL with a combined 60 points (WSH: 64), led by Dougie Hamilton, who leads all NHL d-men in goals (9)... THE OTHER: James van Riemsdyk faces off against his brother, defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, for the 11th time in their career - James averages a point per-game (10pts, 4g-6a), but Trevor's team holds the advantage with a 6-4-0 record.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (RW: #11 - Travis Konecny)
Konecny leads the team in scoring with 20 points through 21 games... He has registered a point in 15 of 21 games and at least one shot on goal in 20 of 21 games... He also leads the team in scoring on the road with nine points (2g-7a) in 11 road games... He is averaging over two minutes more of ice time this season (17:24) than any of his previous three season, including his high last season (15:16).
HURRICANES (RW: #37 - Andrei Svechnikov)
Svechnikov has goals in three straight games, and a five-game point streak with four goals and eight points... He's tied for the team lead in goals (10) and overall points (23)... He also has 13 of his 23 points (6g-7a) as well as a +9 rating playing on home ice... The 2nd overall pick in 2018 leads all players from his draft class in goals (30) and points (60) in 103 games, having played every game since making his NHL debut last season.