Fresh off a historical road trip, the Carolina Hurricanes bring a four-game winning streak back home to host the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Canes earned wins in Buffalo, Minnesota and Chicago to sweep a regular-season road trip of at least three games for the first time in franchise history. Now, the Canes return to PNC Arena, where they've posted a 7-3-0 record this season.
Fly the W('s)
The Hurricanes opened their three-game road trip with overtime victories in Buffalo (5-4) and Minnesota (4-3), marking the second time this season they've won consecutive games in overtime.
Head coach Rod Brind'Amour wanted to see more from his club, though.
"We dissect the crap out of it. That's the nature of it. We played better in the four games we lost than the three games we won, but nobody is really going to talk about that," he said earlier in the week in Chicago. "We weren't very good the other night but got a win. It's all about wins, but we've got to get better."
The Canes staved off a late push from the Blackhawks to land a 4-2 win in Chicago on Tuesday, an exclamation point on the road trip. It was, aside from a 70-second blip in the third period, a fairly dominant effort against an opponent that had won four straight games.
Video: Niederreiter, Wallmark each record two points in win
"That was a great game," Brind'Amour said. "I thought the two periods we played as good as we probably could have."
Four Hurricanes players extended their point streaks in Chicago, and each matched or bested their career longs.
Dougie Hamilton, who ranks tied for the team lead in scoring with 23 points (9g, 14a), is riding a six-game point streak (3g, 4a), tying a career-long set earlier this season.
Andrei Svechnikov, who also has 23 points (10g, 13a) in his first 21 games, scored a goal to extend his point streak to five games (4g, 4a), a new career best.
Martin Necas netted the first goal of the game on a 2-on-0 rush to extend his point streak to four games, his third such streak of the season (and his career).
Last but not least, Joel Edmundson, after not recording a point in the first 17 games of the season, is now riding a four-game point streak (2g, 3a), a new career best, broken lucky stick be damned.
The Last Meeting
These two Metropolitan Division opponents met for the first of four times this season a little more than two weeks ago in Philadelphia. The Flyers scored three goals in the third period, and Carter Hart made 33 saves to hand the Canes a 4-1 loss, their second in a string of four straight.
Video: CAR Recap: Wallmark scores in loss to Flyers
That victory over the Canes kickstarted a four-game winning streak and a five-game point streak (4-0-1) for the Flyers. Since then, though, Philadelphia has gone winless in three straight games (0-2-1). The Flyers are 4-6-1 away from home and are led in scoring by Travis Konecny, who has totaled 20 points (8g, 12a) in 21 games.
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