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Preview: Hurricanes at Flyers

Carolina, Philadelphia each trail Maple Leafs by seven points for second wild card into playoffs from East

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

HURRICANES (30-27-12) at FLYERS (32-30-8)

7:30 p.m. ET; CSN-PH, FS-CR, NHL.TV

 

Hurricanes team scope

The Carolina Hurricanes did not hold a morning skate. They have points in six consecutive games (4-0-2), their longest streak of the season, after defeating the Nashville Predators 4-2 at PNC Arena on Saturday. Forward Jeff Skinner scored two goals in the victory, including one late in the second period when he got to the net and fought to get a rebound past Predators goaltender Juuse Saros. "I thought we were dangerous," coach Bill Peters said Saturday. "I thought we had some really good looks. I liked the way we managed the puck. I thought we played very well. We got contributions from all four lines and started the game on time … I thought the guys were ready to play." The Hurricanes' game in Philadelphia is the first of a four-game road trip. They are 9-17-8 away from PNC Arena and their nine road wins are tied with the Colorado Avalanche for the fewest in the NHL. "We've got to put a couple together in a row on the road and it's been a little harder for us there," goaltender Eddie Lack said. "It's going to be a fun, challenging week coming up."

 

Flyers team scope

The Philadelphia Flyers and Hurricanes each have 72 points, seven behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Goalie Steve Mason will start for the Flyers. Mason left a 6-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday 1:29 into the third period because of cramping in his legs from dehydration. "It's something that … I've struggled with it, with sweating so much, and sometimes it's hard to keep up with it," he said. It will be Mason's ninth start in his past 10 games and he's relishing the playing time. "I feel great," he said. "Feel like my game is in a good position. Not worried about the workload at all." The Flyers still have some leftover anger from their loss Thursday and know that since the Hurricanes played Saturday, they could have an advantage. "We have to be ready especially on the back to back," forward Brayden Schenn said. "We're the fresher team so we have no excuse tonight."

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Lee Stempniak

Joakim Nordstrom -- Patrick Brown -- Phillip Di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Brett Pesce

Klas Dahlbeck -- Ryan Murphy

Cam Ward

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Matt Tennyson

Injured: Jay McClement (lower body), Valentin Zykov (upper body)

 

Flyers projected lineup

Jordan Weal -- Claude Giroux -- Wayne Simmonds

Travis Konecny -- Valtteri Filppula -- Jakub Voracek

Brayden Schenn -- Sean Couturier -- Dale Weise

Chris VandeVelde -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Matt Read

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Nick Schultz -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Michael Del Zotto -- Radko Gudas

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Roman Lyubimov

Injured: Michael Raffl (lower body), Brandon Manning (upper body), Nick Cousins (upper body)

 

Status report

Ward will start for the first time since March 14 after Lack started the previous two games. Peters had used the same goaltender in both games of a back-to-back in seven of 11 previous sets. … Manning was one of nine players on the ice for an optional morning skate but will miss his fourth straight game.

 

Who's hot

Staal has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past six games. … Lindholm has six points (two goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak. … Stempniak has one assist in four consecutive games. … Skinner has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past eight games. … Schenn has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak. … Giroux has six points (two goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak.

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