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Preview: Hurricanes at Flyers

Divisional match-up takes Canes to Philadelphia

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

PHILADELPHIA - After posting a 3-1-0 record during a four-game homestand, the Carolina Hurricanes head to Philadelphia to battle the Flyers.

The Hurricanes won the first three games of their homestand by a combined score of 13-4 before falling, 5-3, to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

"It really wasn't a bad game, but there were about four shifts where we took a breath, and they capitalize," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "That's what happens in this league."

Reset

Sunday's day off was well-timed for the Hurricanes, who, after dropping the homestand finale to the Devils, took the day to step away from the rink and reset before entering this next week of games that features a game every other day, two at home and two on the road.

Eight players spent their off day in Charlotte, cheering on the Panthers to a victory over the Titans.

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"It was a good mental break yesterday to get away from it, and guys came back today and worked hard," Brind'Amour said after Monday's practice. "Hopefully it carries over."

Svech is Ready

Andrei Svechnikov recorded the primary assist on a power-play goal scored by Teuvo Teravainen on Saturday, which extended the sophomore forward's point streak to four games (5g, 2a), matching a career-long.

PROJECTED LINEUP

To date, Svechnikov has totaled 15 points (6g, 9a) in 14 games this season; he required 30 games to secure 15 points in his rookie campaign.

Lineup Questions

Look for Haydn Fleury to get back in the lineup soon, Brind'Amour said on Monday. The Canes' defenseman hasn't played since Oct. 24 in Columbus, when he only recorded 90 seconds of time on ice.

"He'll be playing soon, for sure. You don't want guys sitting for too long," Brind'Amour said. "It's hard when you do need them to play."

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Trevor van Riemsdyk's return from a shoulder injury has squeezed Fleury out of the lineup; Brind'Amour didn't elaborate on if Fleury would replace a defenseman in the lineup or if the team would again dress seven defensemen.

Erik Haula missed practice on Monday and hasn't taken the morning skate in the last week.

"It's tough to say. He's battling a little hiccup," Brind'Amour said. "I think you're going to see more of this than he would like, but it's just necessary."

The Opposition

The Flyers are 6-5-2 on the season but 4-1-1 at home, where they most recently fell in a shootout, 4-3, to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Travis Konecny leads the team in scoring with 14 points (6g, 8a) in 13 games. The Hurricanes swept the 2018-19 season series and outscored the Flyers 17-9 in those four games.


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