Season Series: 3-1-0
All-Time Record: 135 gp (80-33-14-7)
PHI: 61pts, Voracek (20g-41a)
CAR: 63pts, Skinner (37g-26a)
(PHI: 54-for-276, 19.6%, T-13th)
(CAR: 40-for-228, 17.5%, 22nd)
(PHI: 195-of-244, 79.9%, 20th)
(CAR: 169-for-201, 84.1%, T-6th)
1. THAT'S ALL FOLKS
The Flyers play their final game of the regular season tonight and have six players that will have played all 82 games should they be in the lineup (Giroux, Voracek, Simmonds, Bellemare, VandeVelde & Provorov)… The Flyers come into today going 5-1-1 in their last seven games and scoring an average of 3.42 goals per-game and allowing just 2.00 goals per-game… The Flyers own an overall record of 22-18-8 in their regular season finales.
2. THE COMFORTS OF HOME
The Flyers also come into tonight's game with a home record of 25-11-4, which is the fourth best home record in the Eastern Conference and eighth most home wins in the NHL… They are on a six-game winning streak at home and have outscored the opposition, 23-10… During the 2016-17 season, the Flyers have averaged 2.85 goals per-game and 2.45 goals-allowed per-game at home, compared to 2.32 GPG and 3.17 GAPG on the road.
3. HURRICANE SEASON
Both teams are playing the second of back-to-backs, with the Hurricanes coming off a shootout loss to the Blues, which was their fifth straight loss, going winless in April with a record of 0-4-1… The Hurricanes pace the league with 838 takeaways this season and are ranked fourth in the NHL with a 53.1 faceoff-win-percentage this season… The Hurricanes will miss the playoffs for the eighth straight season, the longest active streak in the NHL, with their last appearance in 2008-09.
4. FIFTH & FINAL
This is the fifth game of the season series against the Hurricanes with the Flyers posting three wins… The Flyers also have a four-game home-winning streak against Carolina and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 home games against the Hurricanes… A pair of defensemen lead the Flyers in the season series: Ivan Provorov has five points (1g-4a), while Shayne Gostisbehere has four points (2g-2a)… Carolina has scored 10 of their 14 goals in series in the second period led by rookie Sebastien Aho who has seven points (3g-4a) in four games.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (D: #9 - Ivan Provorov)
Provorov leads the Flyers in average TOI this season at 21:56, which also ranks second among all rookies… He is the only Flyers defenseman to have played in all 82 games this season, making him the first rookie d-man to play in every regular season game since Jeff Chychryn (80gp) in 1988-89… Provorov will become the first Flyers rookie to appear in all games during a season longer than 80 games.
HURRICANES (LW: #53 - Jeff Skinner)
Skinner is the hottest Hurricane as of late, scoring five goals and six points in his last four games, including a two-goal effort in last night's shootout loss at St. Louis… Since Mar. 1, Skinner leads all NHL players in goals scored with 17 goals in 21 games, 16 of which have come at even strength… Skinner has five points (3g-2a) in four games of the season series against the Flyers this year.
TODAY AT 50
On April 9, 2016… In the home finale of the 2015-16 regular season, the Flyers clinched a playoff spot with a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center… Wayne Simmonds, who dedicated the game beforehand to Flyers co-founder and chairman Ed Snider, scored two goals including the game-winner… Steve Mason made 18 saves on 19 shots; none bigger than a spectacular glove save on Kael Mouillierat on a point-blank chance with Pittsburgh leading 1-0 late in the first period.