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Gameday: Hurricanes at Flyers

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

PHILADELPHIA - 82.

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight's regular-season finale featuring 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.

The Hurricanes won't hold a morning skate on Sunday morning, but check back here for all of your gameday-centric content, as always.

Last updated: 7:00 p.m.


BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA TOOLS TO VICTORY
7:00 p.m.

Here are your Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina three Tools to Victory in game No. 82.

1. A Good Start

The Hurricanes fell down 1-0 in the first 90 seconds of last night's game against St. Louis. That's not a recipe for success on the road, so avoid that and try to find the first one.

2. Get Everyone Involved

The Hurricanes are going to need contributions from up and down their lineup tonight if they want to win on the road in their final game of the season.

3. #BickellBrave

Not necessarily a tool to victory, but a heartfelt congrats to Bryan Bickell on a banner career. It's not coming to an end in the way he probably imagined, but as he has said, there is a life after hockey, and that is of upmost importance to him right now. Win this one tonight for Bicks.


LACK GETS THE START IN NET
1:40 p.m.

Eddie Lack will get the start in net in game No. 82, head coach Bill Peters said this morning. No other lineup changes can or will be made, as the Canes will ice the same group of 18 they did last night in their home finale.

Tonight will be Bryan Bickell's final game in the NHL. Just as was the case last night, his line will start the game. The Canes will also play Bickell net front on the power play. 


CANES CAP REGULAR SEASON IN PHILLY
6:00 a.m.

It's curtains on the 2016-17 regular season for the Carolina Hurricanes, who will face the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night.

The Hurricanes, who haven't qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2009, are looking to end the season on a high note and snap a five-game winless streak (0-4-1) that has plagued them in April.

"I'd love to go out and play the right way. Play hard, play honest," head coach Bill Peters said. "Why wouldn't you just go out in game 82 and do it right? … Let's plan on doing that."

In their regular-season home finale, the Hurricanes fell 5-4 in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues, an entertaining, back-and-forth match-up that required extra shooters in the skill competition to award an extra point.

"I thought it was a good hockey game. I thought there was real good pace to the game both ways," Peters said. "I thought there was lots going on in the game. I thought it was a very competitive game and high-level. Real nice plays being made at both ends."

Tonight's game will mark the fifth and final meeting between the Hurricanes and Flyers this season. The two Metropolitan Division opponents have already squared off twice in Philadelphia. The Hurricanes lost the first meeting, 6-3, but earned a point in the most recent, a 4-3 overtime loss on March 19.

The Flyers, who will also not qualify for postseason contention, have won six straight games at home, a streak that dates back to mid-March.

"We've been through a lot this year. Guys are playing for each other. It's a good feeling," Jeff Skinner said. "Obviously we're disappointed with the way this season has gone and the result, but I think guys have shown good character. We want to keep that intact and finish it off strong."

In addition to closing out the season, tonight's game will also close out the Hurricanes' 16th back-to-back set of the season. The team is now 7-4-5 in the front halves and 7-6-2 in the back halves.

CANESPR NOTES: Justin Faulk skated in his 400th career game on Saturday vs. St. Louis. … The Hurricanes posted a 23-12-6 record on home ice this season, marking the first time since 2008-09 and the sixth time in franchise history that the team has posted 50 or more points at home in a single season. … The Canes have earned a least a point in five of their last six games in Philadelphia, going 3-1-2 in that stretch.


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