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At the Rink: Flyers at Hurricanes

by Kurt Dusterberg /

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Philadelphia Flyers will try to end an ignominious streak Saturday afternoon when they face the Carolina Hurricanes (1 p.m. ET; FS-CR, CSN-PH).

When the Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Wednesday, they continued their dominance (10-1-4) against teams currently in position to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The issue is how they perform against teams outside of the playoff picture. The Flyers are 0-6-4 in their past 10 against those teams.

This will be Philadelphia's final road game of the season. Their 10 road wins (10-20-10) is the fourth fewest in the NHL.

"I thought we mismanaged some games late in the games," Philadelphia coach Craig Berube said on Friday. "We lacked goal production for a lot of it."

Ray Emery will start in goal for the Flyers for the first time since March 22, when he made 29 saves in a 5-4 road loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

The Hurricanes have struggled down the stretch, going 4-8-4 since the beginning of March. They lost 6-1 to the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

"We're trying to finish properly, finish hard and play good hockey," Carolina coach Bill Peters said after practice Friday. "I think we owe that to the other teams in the League."

Here are the projected lineups.


Michael RafflClaude GirouxJakub Voracek

Matt ReadSean CouturierBrayden Schenn

Zac RinaldoNick CousinsRyan White

Chris VandeVeldePierre-Edouard BellemareVincent Lecavalier

Michael Del ZottoNick Schultz

Nicklas GrossmanBrandon Manning

Oliver LauridsenMark Alt

Ray Emery

Steve Mason

Scratched: Jason Akeson

Injured: RJ Umberger (abdominal/hip surgery), Luke Schenn (lower body), Wayne Simmonds (lower body), Andrew MacDonald (upper body), Carlo Colaiacovo (flu), Mark Streit (flu)


Eric Staal - Jordan Staal - Nathan Gerbe

Jeff Skinner - Elias Lindholm - Alexander Semin

Chris Terry - Victor Rask - Andrej Nestrasil

Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Patrick Dwyer

John-Michael Liles - Justin Faulk

Ron Hainsey - Ryan Murphy

Michal Jordan - Danny Biega

Cam Ward

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Brett Bellemore

Injured: Riley Nash (concussion), Jack Hillen (concussion), Rasmus Rissanen (knee)

Status report: Nash took part in Carolina's practice Friday, but Peters indicated he is not likely to play.

Who's hot: Voracek has eight assists in the past six games. … Schenn had two goals in Philadelphia's win against Pittsburgh on Wednesday. … Terry has two goals and two assists in his past five games.

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