This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.
Important programming note: this game is denoted as a typical 7 p.m. start time on the schedule, but puck drop is slated for 7:59 p.m. This is due to the pregame ceremony that will be held, beginning at 7 p.m., to induct Canes assistant coach Rod Brind’Amour into the Flyers Hall of Fame.
A preview of tonight’s Metropolitan Division showdown can be found below. The Hurricanes will be on the ice at Wells Fargo Center at 11:30 a.m. for their morning skate, and we’ll be rinkside to bring you updates.Last updated: 2:30 p.m.
BRIND'AMOUR HONORED: CEREMONY & BROADCAST INFO2:30 p.m.
Former Flyer and current Canes assistant coach Rod Brind'Amour is becoming the 24th member inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame
tonight in a special pregame ceremony. Though the game is denoted as a typical 7 p.m. start time, puck drop is slated closer to 8 p.m. Here's a rundown of tonight's events and how you can watch or listen to the ceremony.
The ceremony will begin a couple minutes after 7 p.m. Brind'Amour is scheduled to say a few words, and the ceremony should wrap up some time around 7:20 p.m. The two teams will then proceed straight into warm-ups, and the puck will drop right before 8 p.m.
FOX Sports Carolinas' broadcast of tonight's game will begin at 7 p.m., and they will carry the ceremony live.
Mike Maniscalco will be on the air on 99.9 FM The Fan with Storm Front at 7 p.m., and they will also carry the ceremony. Chuck Kaiton will emanate from Philadelphia around 7:45 p.m.
CANES LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES12:00 p.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes held an optional morning skate in Philadelphia today, with eight skaters and unsigned free agent Tim Gleason plus the two goaltenders taking part.
The lineup the Canes will utilize tonight will be very similar to the one they ice yesterday against Los Angeles. Chris Terry will draw back into the lineup in place of Nathan Gerbe, who is out with a lower-body injury, and Eddie Lack will start in net.
Head coach Bill Peters met with the media at Wells Fargo Center. Here's what he had to say.On Lack starting in net:
"It was a good week of practice for Eddie. He’s ready. Dave (Marcoux) feels confident, and so do I."On yesterday's 4-3 win over LA:
"It was a heavy game. A lot of play on the wall, and they got pucks in deep behind us. They were grinding, and I thought we did a good job in the D zone keeping them on the perimeter. When we had the opportunity to transition we did that. Our D were fairly active in giving us some offensive opportunities, and we’d like to see more of that tonight."On Brad Malone's play since returning to the lineup:
"More ice time for him here tonight. I know he’ll be excited. He’s playing against his former coach from UND, so that should be some motivation for Bugsy, but also the fact that he wants to leave a good impression and stay in the lineup."On how Victor Rask has grown in his first 100 games:
"I think he’s grown half an inch and seven pounds. I looked. They weighed in the other day."On the team's young defense:
"They’re NHL defensemen, so we play them. We treat them like NHL defensemen, we prepare them like NHL defensemen and they play like NHL defensemen. ... We want them in the rush. They all skate well and defend."
BRIND'AMOUR HONORED IN FLYERS HALL OF FAME10:45 a.m.
At the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center, the Philadelphia faithful, who are notorious for making their voices heard, jeered every team that wasn’t the Flyers.
But then the Carolina Hurricanes took the stage to announce the seventh overall pick, and Rod Brind’Amour stood at the podium. He wasn’t even able to finish an entire sentence before applause overwhelmed him.
Brind’Amour was – and still is – a fan-favorite in Philadelphia, even 14 years after he was a key piece moved from Philadelphia to Carolina in one of the more seminal trades of Canes’ franchise history.
That’s the thing about Philadelphia sports fans, Brind’Amour says: they never forget.
“It’s a great fan base,” he said. “Some players they just adore and love, and other players, for whatever reason, they get on them. I think it’s more that they just don’t ever forget, so if you’ve done something in the past that upsets them or puts you in a bad light, they’re going to remember that. I guess I never did that, so I’m lucky.”FULL STORY ›
CANES BRIEFLY HIT THE ROAD6:00 a.m.
For the first time in nearly two weeks, the Carolina Hurricanes are back on the road, albeit briefly, as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the latter half of a back-to-back set.
The Canes put a bow on their season-long, five-game homestand Sunday afternoon with a 4-3 victory over what was the Pacific Division’s top team, the Los Angeles Kings. And while the homestand didn’t deliver the knockout results the Canes were looking for – the team tallied a 1-1-3 record and five points – there is reason to be encouraged, and it culminated with Sunday afternoon’s win over a notoriously heavy team.
“We got points in four of five and [had] leads in those games that we only got the single points in. I like the way we’re going,” head coach Bill Peters said after the game. “We’re a quarter of the way through the season. I believe in our group, and I like the way we’re going.”
Trailing 3-0 in the second period, Los Angeles twice pulled within a goal, once at 3-2 and again at 4-3. In both instances, the Hurricanes dug in and preserved their advantage, something they were unable to do in each of their three overtime losses during the homestand.
“We just need to prove to ourselves that, if we keep pushing, we’ll be all right,” said Justin Faulk, who scored two power-play goals, including the game-winner, on Sunday. “We obviously gave up some wins when we had the lead, and once we got the lead tonight, we had to keep going and prove to ourselves that we could do it if we kept playing the right way.”
Nine days after getting edged 3-2 in overtime by the Flyers at PNC Arena, the Hurricanes are in Philadelphia for the first of two times this season looking to even the score.
In that Saturday night match-up in Raleigh on Nov. 14, the Canes jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals off the sticks of Elias Lindholm and Victor Rask. Luke Schenn halved Carolina’s advantage prior to the second intermission, and with just 3:09 left in regulation, Wayne Simmond’s net front presence tied the game at two and forced overtime. 37 seconds into the extra frame, Jakub Voracek delivered the Canes their second straight overtime loss.
Since defeating the Canes, Philadelphia is winless in three straight games and has been shut out in two straight. Martin Jones made 34 saves in San Jose’s 1-0 overtime win over the Flyers, and Craig Anderson turned away 36 shots in a 4-0 win for Ottawa. The Flyers rank last in the league in goals scored with just 35 in 20 games.
“Every game is big,” Peters said. “We need to be hungry for points.”
On his fourth shift of the game Sunday, Nathan Gerbe was on the receiving end of a heavy check from Kyle Clifford. Gerbe’s right leg landed awkwardly on the ice, and he had to be helped off the ice. He did not return to the game with a lower-body injury and is not with the Canes in Philadelphia, so expect to see Chris Terry, who was a healthy extra Sunday, draw back into the lineup, unless Peters opts to dress seven defensemen.CANESPR NOTES:
Justin Faulk leads the Hurricanes in goals (8), points (15) and power-play goals (8). He also ranks first in the league among all skaters in power-play goals, and he’s already eclipsed his power-play goal total from last year (7) in just 20 games. … Brett Pesce scored his first NHL goal Sunday vs. Los Angeles and also added an assist on Jeff Skinner’s second-period tally in his first-career multi-point game.
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