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Gameday: Flyers vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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In the words of Craig Ferguson, it’s a great day for America.

If you’re new here, welcome! Take your shoes off and stay awhile. This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, videos, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

A preview of tonight’s game, which will be nationally televised on NBCSN, can be found below. The Canes will hold a 10:30 a.m. morning skate at PNC Arena. Check back here then for more!

Last updated: 4:30 p.m.



BEFORE THE FACEOFF
4:30 p.m.

Setting the table for tonight's Metropolitan Division match-up!




A NIGHT OF MILESTONES
3:15 p.m.

MilestonesGames-played milestones are marked off every 100 games, a time period that encompasses one complete regular season and more than 20 percent of another. They’re notable accomplishments, and they become more pronounced as individuals’ careers progress.

Tonight, the Carolina Hurricanes will celebrate three: Brad Malone will skate in his 100th career NHL game, John-Michael Liles will play in his 700th game and Cam Ward will make his 500th career appearance in net.

“Wow. Those are big numbers. Good for those guys. That’s outstanding,” head coach Bill Peters said after the morning skate. “700 is a big number for an NHL D-man, and 500 for a goaltender is special also. Bugsy is going to get up into much more than 100 with the way he’s playing right now.”

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SNOW RETURNS TO RALEIGH
11:45 a.m.

It was just a week ago that winter weather impacted the Triangle, and today, the snow has made a return.

As was the case last Tuesday, tonight's game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes will be played as scheduled.

Fans who are unable to attend the game may exchange their tickets at PNC Arena's box office during normal box office hours for one of the following games, subject to availability:
  • Tuesday, March 10 vs. CBJ
  • Thursday, March 12 vs. DAL
  • Tuesday, March 17 vs. OTT
If you're coming out to tonight's game, be sure to drive safely!



CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
10:45 a.m.

Based on lines in today's morning skate, here's how the Canes will line up tonight against the Flyers.

E. Staal-J. Staal-Lindholm
Gerbe-Rask-Tlusty
Skinner-Nash-Semin
Malone-McClement-Dwyer

Sekera-Faulk
Liles-Gleason
Hainsey-Bellemore

The healthy extras tonight look to be Andrej Nestrasil, Chris Terry and Michal Jordan.

In net, Cam Ward will make his 500th career appearance.

We'll have more from inside the locker room following the skate.



WARD EXPECTED TO HIT MILESTONE AS CANES HOST FLYERS
6:00 a.m.

FLYERS vs. HURRICANES
Flyers vs. Hurricanes
PNC ARENA | 7 p.m.
TV: NBCSN | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
RECAP: DEVILS JUMP ON CANES EARLY
INFOGRAPHIC: NJ 3, CAR 1
VIDEOS
CASINO NIGHT RECAP
GAMEDAY LINKS
BUY TICKETS
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
Cam Ward is about to join a select list.

Only three active goaltenders have appeared in at least 500 games with one team: Henrik Lundqvist (NYR), Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) and Ryan Miller (BUF). Tonight, Ward is expected to be the fourth goaltender to join that crew, as he is slated to make his 500th career appearance in net for the Hurricanes, as they host the Philadelphia Flyers.

“The milestone is a very good accomplishment. It’s an exciting time, so that’s going to be a fun night when he gets to 500,” head coach Bill Peters said last week. “I know that will be a big moment in his career.”

Ward last played on Friday in a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He made 23 saves, having to face just 12 shots total in the last 40 minutes of the game. He did not start the next night in New Jersey, a back-to-back situation, but is expected to make his 21st career appearance against the Flyers tonight in a nationally televised contest. The goaltender, whose 31st birthday is this week, is 6-10-3 with a 3.04 goals-against average in his career against Philadelphia.

“He’s a real good goaltender. He’s a calm guy and a good, quiet leader in our room,” Peters said. “I know it gives our team a lot of confidence when he’s in our net.”

Tonight marks the third of fifth meetings between the Metropolitan Division opponents this season. The Flyers cruised to a 5-1 win in Philadelphia on Dec. 13 before the Canes claimed a 2-1 victory in Raleigh nearly three weeks later.

Having earned points in nine of their last 10 games, the Philadelphia Flyers sit just four points out of a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. However, the Flyers are well below .500 on the road this season at 9-15-6. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, are under .500 in their last 10 games (4-5-1), but they are a game over hockey .500 at home at 12-11-3 on the season.

On a more granular level, the Canes will be looking to rebound from a languid effort in New Jersey on Saturday, a 3-1 loss in which the Devils pulled away early and stymied the Canes’ offense from there.

“I thought early there were chances both ways, but they seemed to tighten up and we never did. I thought we gave up too many chances throughout the game, and once it became 3-0 with 20 minutes to go, they don't need to score again,” Peters said after the game. “They did a good job clogging up the neutral zone and blocking shots. We were just too loose with the puck.”

NOTES: Speaking of games-played milestones, John-Michael Liles will hit game No. 700 and Brad Malone will notch game No. 100 when each next dresses. … The Flyers are 22-5-5 against the Hurricanes in the teams’ last 32 meetings.



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