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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers (0-2-0)

Carolina Hurricanes (0-0-1)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

The Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes are now in the same division, the Metropolitan Division, after the most recent NHL re-alignment this past summer… It’s the first time since Nov. 26, 1993 (3-0 W vs. TBL) that the Flyers are playing an opponent as a new divisional rival for the first time ever… In that 1993-94 season, the expansion Florida Panthers and the second-year Tampa Bay Lightning joined the Flyers along with four of their five former Patrick Division foes in the new Atlantic Division.

The Flyers and Hurricanes will meet four times this season with the first two meetings coming in Raleigh… The Flyers went a perfect 3-0-0 against Carolina last season with the Flyers recording a total of 14 goals in the three meetings - 11 of which came in the first two periods… The Flyers have lost just one game in regulation at Carolina in the last seven seasons, going 11-1-1 in that span… Since the 2000-01 season, the Flyers own a 33-6-4-4 record against the Hurricanes… They have won or at least tied in the season series against the Hurricanes over the last 20 seasons, dating back to 1991-92 when they were the Hartford Whalers… Since that season, the Flyers own a 53-11-9-4 record against the Whalers/Hurricanes.

BOTH Ray Emery and Steve Mason own perfect 5-0-0 records against the Hurricanes in their career… Emery has a 0.73 GAA and two shutouts, while Mason has a 1.80 GAA… Matt Read is a Hurricane killer - he averaged two points-per-game last season with six points (2g-4a) in three games, while over the course of his career, he has nine points (4g-5a) in seven games… The teams have played past regulation in 16 of their last 38 meetings (42.1%)… The Hurricanes ranked 2nd in the NHL preseason in penalty killing, going 26-for-28, and killed off all three penalties in their only game so far this season… Former Flyer defenseman Joni Pitkanen is out for the entire season for Carolina with a broken heel... The Flyers will be looking to avoid dropping their first three games of the season for the second straight year.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Vincent Lecavalier - (C) #40
Lecavalier has been a factor in both Flyers goals this season, recording an assist in the season opener and posting his first goal as a Flyer last night at Montreal… Lecavalier has also performed well against the Hurricanes -  He has the most points against Carolina in his career than any other team - 78 points (31-47a) in 80 games.

5. Player to watch HURRICANES: Eric Staal  - (C) #12
Staal led the Hurricanes last season against the Flyers with a pair of goals and four points in the three-game season series… Staal failed to record a point in the Canes first game - dating back to last season, only one time throughout the year he went two straight games without recording a point - it was the first two games of that season as well (Jan. 19 & 22)… Overall in his career, Staal has 12 goals and 25 points in 35 career games against the Flyers.

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