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Preview: Flyers vs. Hurricanes

Canes looking for their first win of 2020

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

A Metropolitan Division match-up pits the Philadelphia Flyers against the Carolina Hurricanes in their fifth of seven consecutive games at home.

The Canes began the homestand with two wins in the last four days of 2019 but now sit at 2-2-0 during this season-long stretch at PNC Arena.

Getting Back on Track

The Hurricanes are still looking for their first win of 2020, having fallen to Washington, 4-3, and Tampa Bay, 3-1, in the new year.

The Canes seemed particularly uninspired in their loss to Tampa on Sunday, especially in the first two periods.

"We were flat. It's tough to find someone who was really having a great game out of our group," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said after the game. "Disappointing, for sure, but we haven't had really one of those all year. That's the first one for me where I can say I was disappointed in that."

Those games happen in the course of an 82-game season, though. What's more important is how the team responds.

"You want to go over how we can get better from last night, put it behind you and move ahead. We've got another tough game tomorrow," Brind'Amour said after a good hourlong practice on Monday. "Games just keep coming. You can't dwell on what went on. We'll try to learn from it and hopefully have a great effort tomorrow."

Pesce Streaking

Brett Pesce recorded an assist, his 99th career point, on Sunday and is currently riding a three-game assist streak, matching both his longest assist streak and longest point streak of his career.

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Pesce has posted seven points (1g, 6a) in 18 career games against Philadelphia.

The Last Meeting

The Hurricanes dropped two games to the Flyers in November, first losing 4-1 in Philadelphia on Nov. 5 and then having a four-game winning streak snapped in a 5-3 final in Raleigh just over two weeks later. In that game, the Canes put their first two shots of the game by Brian Elliott, an early 2-0 lead perhaps masking the fact that the team wasn't otherwise all that sharp. Claude Giroux finished the night with a pair of goals and assists, his second goal of the game holding up as the game-winner.

Video: CAR Recap: Teravainen records two points in 5-3 loss

The Opposition

Tuesday's game marks the end of a season-long, six-game road trip spanning both coasts over 12 days. The Flyers are just 1-4-0 on their post-holiday break trek across America, and though they sit at 22-15-5 on the season, knocking on the door of a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, they own a 9-13-1 record away from home. Travis Konecny is the team's All-Star representative and leader in points with 36 (12g, 24a) in 39 games.

"I think they've improved their back-end now, and their goaltending, I think they're pretty happy with what they've done there," Brind'Amour said. "They've got the same guys you've got to watch and who can kill you, but I think they're a lot deeper now than they've been in the past."


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