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5 Things: Flyers vs. Hurricanes

Philadelphia enters their season-series finale against the Hurricanes aiming for an 8th straight win

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / philadelphiaflyers.com

Philadelphia Flyers (39-20-7, 85pts)
vs.
Carolina Hurricanes (35-24-5, 75pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION

METRO & WILD CARD RACE
M1 - WSH: 86 pts - 16 games left
M2 - PHI: 85 pts - 16 games left
M3 - PIT: 82 pts - 17 games left / 1 vs Flyers
WC1 - CBJ: 79 pts - 14 games left
WC2 - NYI: 78 pts - 17 games left / 1 vs Flyers
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CAR: 75 pts - 18 games left / 1 vs Flyers
NYR: 74 pts - 16 games left / 1 vs Flyers
FLA: 73 pts - 16 games left

QUICK STATS
Season Series: 2-0-1
All-Time Record (as CAR): 88gp (51-21-7-9)
Leading Scorer:
PHI - Travis Konecny: 61-pts (24g-37a)
CAR - Sebastian Aho: 62-pts (36g-26a)

GAME NOTES

SEASON SERIES

1. BY THE END OF TONIGHT?

The Flyers can take over 1st Place in the Metropolitan Division with a win tonight combined with a regulation loss by Washington (at NY Rangers) and would be the first time since the 2010-11 season the Flyers would be in first place in their Division (Atlantic) on Mar. 5... The Hurricanes are three points out of the final wild card spot in the East but have one game in hand on the Islanders (78pts) and four games in hand on Blue Jackets (79pts)... The Flyers are on a seven-game winning streak entering tonight, while the Hurricanes are in the midst of a three-game losing skid and have dropped four of their last five. 

2. WE'RE GOING STREAKING

The Flyers are riding a season-high seven-game win streak in which they have outscored their opponent, 32-15... During the streak they have: scored four or more goals in each game, which is the first time in 27 years they have accomplished that (Jan. 7-24, 1993: 9 games)... They are led by Travis Konecny who averages nearly two points per-game with 13 points (5g-8a) and Kevin Hayes, who leads the team with six goals and nine even-strength points... Matt Niskanen leads the team with a plus-minus rating of +11 during the streak. 

3. FOURTH & FINAL

It's the fourth and final meeting of the year and, after a 2018-19 season in which the Flyers failed to record one point against the Hurricanes (0-4-0), they'll look to secure a point in their fourth straight after going 2-0-1 so far... The Flyers have scored 13 goals from 10 different players in the season series and are led by Claude Giroux, who has seven points (3g-4a) in three games against Carolina... Sebastian Aho has three points (1g-2a) in the season series and averages over a point per-game against the Flyers in his career with 18 points (7g-11a) in 16 career meetings.

4. COMPLETELY RANDOM

The Flyers play the second of games on back-to-back nights for the 13th time this season, and 10th time against an opponent who did not play the night before - They are 5-5-2 in the "second" games, including 2-1-2 at home... The Hurricanes were not only off last night, but are coming off a four-day break in game action... They are without both of their starting goaltenders due to injury and the tandem of Alex Nedeljkovic and Anton Forsberg have combined for 177:52 of game time this season and 51 appearances in their NHL career... The Flyers power play has been the best in the NHL since Feb. 13, operating at 39.3% (11-for-28) and have scored at least one PPG in eight of their last nine games in that span.

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH

FLYERS (G: #79 - Carter Hart)

Carter Hart enters tonight's game with one of the best records at home in the NHL at 18-2-2, which is T-3rd in wins... His .941 save percentage and 1.67 goals-against average at home is second among all goalies (with 10 or more games played)... Hart has also won six straight games at home since Jan. 11 and gone 14-1-0 since Nov. 25.

HURRICANES (RW: #14 - Justin Williams)

The Flyers will face Williams for the first time since he returned to the Hurricanes on Jan. 7 for his 19th season in the NHL, which includes the first three and a half years of his career with the Flyers after being drafted in 2000 (28th overall)... He is eight points shy of 800 in his NHL career, and has six points (3g-3a) in 16 games so far this season.

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