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Gameday: Hurricanes at Flyers

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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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.

A preview of tonight’s game can be found below, and we’ll pass along updates as we receive them from the team.

Last updated: 4:00 p.m.



LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES
4:00 p.m.

We've got some updates to pass along from the feet in the ground in Philadelphia. It sounds like Canes head coach Bill Peters is rolling with the same lineup as used over the weekend, and that includes going back to Eddie Lack in net.


Peters spoke with the media in Philadelphia, and that audio was made available via CanesPR. Here's a sampling of what he had to say.

On the chemistry of the team's forward lines: "We’ve got a real good group of centers now, and Jay McClement does a real good job in his role as a fourth-line center and a penalty killer. I’m real pleased with the play out of all four guys. We’ve had pairs on lines, and they’ve done a real good job. Everyone seems to fit and is comfortable. We’ve had the puck more. Our young D has settled in a little bit better, and we’re probably playing a better team game overall with more puck possession."

On keeping the lines consistent: "I think it gives everybody a little bit more confidence and familiarity among your guys. Knowing you’re going to play, knowing you’re going to get your minutes, knowing the situation you’re going to play in, that helps a lot."

On tonight's game: "Biggest game of the year." -- Reporter: Do you say that for every game? -- "I do. It’s the biggest game of the year, so play like it. Everyone is desperate, and everyone is talking about how the standings are bunched up. I think everyone still has a shot. Who is going to get hot? Who is going to go 8-2 or 7-1-2 in their next 10? That’s what’s important. We’ve had a reasonable road trip up to this point, and we want to end it with a win."



ROAD TRIP WRAPS UP IN PHILADELPHIA
6:00 a.m.

A four-game road trip comes to an end tonight for the Carolina Hurricanes, who make their second trip to Philadelphia in three weeks.

HURRICANES vs. FLYERS
Hurricanes vs. Flyers
WELLS FARGO CENTER | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
CANES ASSIGN JORDAN TO CHARLOTTE
FAULK NAMED NHL'S 3RD STAR OF THE WEEK
VIDEOS
ROAD REPORT: DEC. 14
GAMEDAY LINKS
12 DAYS OF HOCKEY
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
The Hurricanes come into tonight’s game having won two straight games and four of their last five. Carolina has scored 23 goals in its last five games, and for the first time since relocation, the team has scored five goals in each of its last four games; the last time the franchise assembled such a stretch was March 1-7, 1987.

As the Canes have found consistent offensive output, a number of players have also found consistency on the scoresheet. Eight Hurricanes skaters bring point streaks into tonight’s game, the longest of which belongs to Andrej Nestrasil at five games (1g, 5a). As quirky as it may be, a certain goaltender is also streaking: Eddie Lack has points (2a) in two straight games.

Defenseman Justin Faulk, who also has a four-game point streak of his own, was named the NHL’s third star of the week on Monday. In three games last week, Faulk scored three goals (all on the power play, of course) and added three assists. With 12 goals on the man advantage this season, Faulk has tied the single-season franchise record for power-play goals by a defenseman and is drawing ever closer to Sheldon Souray’s NHL record of 19. Additionally, Faulk has become the first player in NHL history to score his first dozen goals of the season on the power play.

The Flyers are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games, but they’ve won just one of their last four games and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Dallas Stars on Friday night. With a victory, the Hurricanes could leapfrog Philadelphia in the standings.

The Canes are 0-0-2 against the Flyers in the team’s four-game season series, falling in overtime twice by a score of 3-2. In the first meeting, the Flyers erased a 2-0 deficit, and in the rematch a week later, it was the Hurricanes turn to come back from being down 2-0.

A starting goaltender has yet to be announced, but Lack won two straight games over the weekend, making 56 saves on 61 shots.

CANESPR NOTES: 45 of the Canes’ 74 goals (61 percent) this season have been scored by players 23 years of age or younger. Faulk (23) and Jeff Skinner (23) lead the Hurricanes in goals with 12 and 11, respectively. … The Hurricanes are 4-7-3 in their last 14 games at Wells Fargo Center.



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

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