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Gameday: Flyers vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes CEO, Owner and Governor Peter  Karmanos Jr. traced his lifelong passion and enthusiasm for hockey back to the 1951-52 season, when he first watched the sport on an 11-inch, black-and-white Zenith television. This week, with 40-plus years of hockey involvement from the youth level to the National Hockey League under his belt, Karmanos was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder category. Tonight, we celebrate that honor.


This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game featuring 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.

Below, you’ll find a preview of tonight’s Metropolitan Division match-up. The Canes will be on the ice at PNC Arena at 10:30 a.m. for their morning skate, and we’ll be rinkside with updates.

Last updated: 4:45 p.m.



BEFORE THE FACEOFF
4:45 p.m.

Hear from both sides as Michelle McMahon previews tonight's match-up between Philadelphia and Carolina.




PETERS PREGAME
11:30 a.m.

Head coach Bill Peters met with the media following his team's morning skate. Here's a sampling of what he had to say.

On tonight's game: "It will be a real good game. Real competitive. It will be two hungry teams, for sure."

On the biggest challenge Philadelphia represents: "We have to worry about our own situation. Our challenge is to play at a high speed, generate quality chances and find a way to finish the chances."

On Andrej Nestrasil's play on Thursday: "I thought Nesty was very good coming in after not playing for a while. I thought he was very hungry, he was hard on pucks, heavy in the offensive zone and got rewarded with the goal. I thought he played real well."

On Cam Ward in net: "I think he's played well. He's in a little bit of a zone, and we play well in front of him. We'll keep plugging away and reassess after tonight. We have two good goaltenders and confidence in both guys, but we're going to go with Wardo this evening."




CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
10:30 a.m.

Here's how the Hurricanes lined up in this morning's skate.

E. Staal-J. Staal-Lindholm
Skinner-Nash-Versteeg
Terry-Rask-Nordstrom
Gerbe-McClement-Nestrasil

Hainsey-Faulk
Liles-Pesce
Hanifin-Murphy

Ward
Lack

Brad Malone and Michal Jordan appear to be the healthy extras. We'll confirm all of this and bring you additional updates from the room in just a bit.



CANES LOOK TO BREAK THROUGH AGAINST FLYERS
6:00 a.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes continue their five-game homestand tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers, and it seems as if the Canes are trending in the right direction, even if it’s only resulted in three points out of a possible 10 to begin the month of November.

FLYERS vs. HURRICANES
Flyers vs. Hurricanes
PNC ARENA | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
CANES TO HONOR KARMANOS
RECAP: CANES GRAB POINT IN 3-2 OTL
VIDEOS
RAW: BILL PETERS, 11/13
RAW: ANDREJ NESTRASIL, 11/13
POSTGAME QUOTES: MIN 3, CAR 2 (OT)
GAMEDAY LINKS
BUY TICKETS
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
Carolina jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on the Minnesota Wild Thursday night but ultimately settled for a point in a 3-2 overtime loss, the Canes’ first in extra hockey this season.

“I’m just worried about us,” head coach Bill Peters said after practice Friday. “I thought, as I watched the game again this morning, that we were better in the second period than I thought. I liked our start, and I liked the fact that we generated lots of quality chances.”

About that: the Hurricanes have put 30 or more shots in net in each of their last five games, peaking with 46 shots on goal in their 3-2 overtime win over Ottawa on Saturday. They’ve also been considerably out-attempting their opponents. Carolina recorded 84 shot attempts (39 on goal, 21 blocked and 24 missed) to Minnesota’s 45 (21 on goal, nine blocked, 15 missed). A game prior, Carolina posted 67 shot attempts (33 on goal, 19 blocked, 15 missed) to New York’s 37 (23 on goal, nine blocked, five missed). And in that Ottawa match, Carolina had 85 shot attempts (46 on goal, 18 blocked, 21 missed) to Ottawa’s 44 (21 on goal, 12 blocked, 11 missed).

“It leads to puck possession and power play time. I don’t know if we took a penalty [Thursday] night. There could have been one or two called, there always is, but we didn’t take a penalty. You don’t have to take penalties when you have the puck,” Peters explained. “When I go through the positives of it, there’s lots to like about the way we played.”

In fact, a high number of shot attempts and a sizable difference in attempts allowed as been the Canes’ M.O. this season. As of Friday, the Hurricanes ranked second in the league in 5-on-5 shot attempt differential (158), attempting a league third-best 758 shots and surrendering 600 at even strength.

Eventually, that should spell success in the goal-scoring column – and hopefully the win column, as well.

“Lots of positives,” Peters said. “We’ve just got to keep plugging.”

They’ll do so tonight against a Philadelphia team that bears somewhat comparable statistics, at least in a cursory glance at the standings. Both teams have 13 points in 16 games played, but the Hurricanes have an additional win. Carolina has scored 32 goals, while the Flyers have scored just 30, and both have a double-digit negative goal differential.  Philadelphia comes into tonight’s game having lost two straight and winners of just one in six to begin the month of November.

The Hurricanes juggled their lines and defensive pairings a bit in practice Friday, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll stick with those combinations heading into tonight’s first of four meetings between these two teams.

“Just so when they play together, they’ve practiced together. We shuffled them all up,” Peters said. “We’ve got an idea of what we want to do tomorrow, and we’ll see.”

CANESPR NOTES: Going back to Peters’ point about not taking a penalty – indeed, the Canes were not whistled for a penalty on Thursday night, their first penalty-free game of the season. The team played two penalty-free contests in 2014-15. … Since the 1991-92 season, the franchise has won just three season series against Philadelphia. All have come within the last 10 seasons, and two have occurred back-to-back: 2005-06, 2013-14 and 2014-15.



Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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