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Carolina aims to gain in wild-card race; Philadelphia goes for seventh straight win

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

HURRICANES (27-25-11) at FLYERS (34-19-10)



The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will try to extend their winning streak to a season-long seven games when they play the Carolina Hurricanes at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

Philadelphia is 10-0-2 in its past 12 games and is in second place in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind the first-place Washington Capitals, and two points ahead of the third-place Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Hurricanes have lost six straight games (0-4-2) and are four points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.


Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen has three goals in four games and seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past seven games.

Flyers forward Claude Giroux has 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in his past 10 games.


They said it

"Teams at this point in the year have to get hot to get in. We're four points out and Columbus is playing games too. We hope they don't win them. … We have to find a way to get two points. One point the rest of the way isn't going to do it. That's not enough." -- Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk

"We know night in and night out as you look forward here, we're playing teams with an awful lot on the line. [The Hurricanes] are no different than us. There's a ton on the line. Everybody is scratching and clawing and fighting for something." -- Flyers coach Dave Hakstol


Hurricanes projected lineup

Brock McGinn -- Jordan Staal -- Justin Williams

Sebastian Aho -- Elias Lindholm -- Teuvo Teravainen

Jeff Skinner -- Lucas Wallmark -- Phillip Di Giuseppe

Victor Rask -- Derek Ryan -- Lee Stempniak

Jaccob Slavin -- Justin Faulk

Haydn Fleury -- Brett Pesce

Noah Hanifin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Cam Ward

Scott Darling

Scratched: Klas Dahlbeck

Injured: Joakim Nordstrom (eye)


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Nolan Patrick -- Jakub Voracek

Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Michael Raffl

Jori Lehtera -- Valtteri Filppula -- Dale Weise

Ivan Provorov -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Robert Hagg -- Andrew MacDonald

Brandon Manning -- Radko Gudas

Petr Mrazek

Alex Lyon

Scratched: Mark Alt, Matt Read, Jordan Weal, Johnny Oduya

Injured: Brian Elliott (lower body), Michal Neuvirth (lower body), Wayne Simmonds (upper body)


Status report

Staal will play after missing the previous three games following the death of his daughter. ... Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said Nordstrom will be out for a while after he was injured against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. He has pressure on his eye, but long-term expectations are that his vision will recover. ... Ward will start in goal after Darling started the previous two games. … Leier, who had been scratched in nine of the previous 10 games, will replace Weal. ... Simmonds skated after an optional morning skate but will miss his fifth straight game. ... Oduya, who was claimed off waivers from the Ottawa Senators on Monday, has yet to join the team because of immigration issues.


Stat pack

Rask has six assists in his past seven games. … Gostisbehere has 17 points (one goal, 16 assists) in his past 13 games.

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