Philadelphia Flyers (22-15-5, 49pts)
Carolina Hurricanes (24-16-2, 50pts)
at PNC Arena | Raleigh, NC
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 2-0-0
All-Time Record (as CAR): 87gp (51-21-7-8)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 36-pts (12g-24a)
CAR - Andrei Svechnikov: 41-pts (18g-23a)
Teuvo Teravainen: 41-pts (8g-33a)
1. END OF THE ROAD
The Flyers are on their 12th day and final game of their six-game road trip, having gone 1-4-0 thus far, all against Western Conference teams... The Flyers have won their last four road games against Eastern Conference teams and are 7-2-0 in their last nine road games against Eastern Conference teams... Overall, the Flyers own a 16-4-3 record and a .760 win percentage against their Conference, which is the best in the East and second in the NHL only to Colorado (11-3-2, .781)... Including a 7-2-2 record against the Metro Division (.727), which is the second best win percentage in the East (BOS: .730).
2. ON THE LINE
Tonight's division matchup has important implications in the standings... The Flyers are tied with Florida for the second and final wild card spot in the East with identical 22-15-5 records and 49 points, which is one point behind tonight's opponent, the Hurricanes, who sit in the first wild card with 50 points... While the Flyers play the final of a six-game road trip, the Hurricanes are in the middle of a seven-game homestand, and have dropped each of the last two games... The Canes have not lost three home games in-a-row in over a year's span (Nov. 30-Dec. 14, 2018) or three straight in regulation since the 2017-18 season.
3. WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
This is the third of four meetings and final game in Raleigh between the two clubs... The Flyers have won the first two games by a combined 9-4 score, which comes after last season when the Flyers dropped all four games to the Hurricanes by a combined 17-9 score... The Flyers are looking for what would be their sixth season sweep in Raleigh since the 2007-08 season... The Flyers have scored at least one power-play goal against the Hurricanes in each of their last five meetings, going 6-for-16 at 37.5%.
4. WHO'S ON FIRST & THIRD
The Flyers have scored at least one goal in the third period in four of the first five games and have recorded six total third-period goals on the trip... The Flyers continue to rank in the NHL's Top 5 (4th) for third-period goals with 55 and have recorded a goal in the third period in 31 of 42 games this season... However, the Flyers have allowed a first period goal in all five games of the trip and a total of 13 goals in the opening period, including 11 in the last three games... Overall, they have given up the most first period goals in the League (47).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (D: #53 - Shayne Gostisbehere)
Gostisbehere is one point shy of 200 in his career, which would make him just the sixth Flyer defenseman in history to record 200 points and fifth to record 50 goals and 200 points... His next assist will move him past Jimmy Watson for ninth all-time among Flyers defensemen... Against the Hurricanes, Gostisbehere has 14 points (4g-10) in 18 career meetings.
HURRICANES (LW: #86 - Teuvo Teravainen)
One of two Canes leading scorers, he has points in eight of his last 10 games (1g-9a)... Against the Flyers, Teravainen has five goals and nine points in his last five games, including four multi-point games, while also averaging over a point per-game in his career with 18 points (6g-12a).