The Flyers welcome Rod Brind’Amour into their Hall of Fame tonight in a special pre-game ceremony at center ice… Brind’Amour is the 24th member to enter the Flyers Hall of Fame and 19th player to be inducted out of 585 players to have played a regular season game for the Flyers… Brind’Amour averaged nearly a point-per-game during his Flyers career, appearing in 633 games while recording 235 goals and 366 assists for 601 points… He owns the Flyers all-time record for “iron man” streak with 484 consecutive games played - the next closest on that list is John LeClair at 317 consecutive games… He enters the Hall as the Flyers play his former team, the Carolina Hurricanes, for which he won two Frank J. Selke Trophies as the NHL’s best defensive forward and a Stanley Cup Championship in 2006.
The Flyers face off against the Hurricanes for the second time in a span of 10 days… In the first meeting, the Flyers scored three unanswered goals to overcome a two-goal deficit and post a 3-2 victory in overtime… The Flyers enter tonight looking to end a three-game winless skid in which they are 0-1-2… They are also looking to snap a six-game winless skid on home ice, going 0-3-3, with their last win coming on Oct. 24 vs. Rangers… Carolina plays the second of games on back-to-back nights - they earned a 4-3 win over the Kings last night, which ended a five-game winless skid, are now 1-2-3 in their last six games… Four of the Hurricanes seven wins this year have come on the road, while five of their seven wins have also come by one-goal margins… Four of the last seven Hurricanes games have gone past regulation, with Carolina going 1-3 in those four contests, while eight of their last 11 games have been decided by one goal.
The Flyers have posted more than 30 shots on goal in each of their last three games… The Hurricanes rank ninth in the league in shots per game (30.7)… Claude Giroux is second in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 59.8, behind only Jonathan Toews (60.6 pct)… Shayne Gostisbehere has averaged 18:22 of ice time in four games for the Flyers, 3:33 of which has come on the power-play and ranks second among all Flyers in TOI on the man-advantage… Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk leads the team in scoring with 15 points and is tied for the NHL lead among defensemen with eight goals - all eight of his goals have come on the power-play, which leads all players in the NHL.
Wayne Simmonds recorded the game-tying goal in the third period of the last meeting against the Hurricanes 10 days ago… He now has nine goals in 17 career games against the Hurricanes, which is tied for the most goals he has against any other team in his career (CBJ)… He also averages nearly a point per-game against the Hurricanes in his career with 16 points (9g-7a) in 17 games, while posting a plus-minus rating of +10… Simmonds is tied for second on the team in scoring with nine points (3g-6a) and leads the club in penalty minutes (33)… He is averaging 16:05 of ice time per-game, 3:17 of which comes on the power play.
Staal factored into both goals for the Hurricanes in the last meeting against the Flyers, posting two assists… He has recorded at least a point in nine straight meetings against the Flyers, posting three goals and seven assists for 10 points… In his career, he has 36 points (15g-20a) in 45 career games… Staal is second on the team in assists (8) and leads all Hurricanes forwards in average time-on-ice per-game at 20:10… He has also gone three straight games without registering a point, which hasn’t happened since Oct. 17-24 of this season.