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Flyers shoot for third straight vs. Hurricanes

by Mike G. Morreale /
HURRICANES (26-21-7) at FLYERS (35-13-5)


Last 10 -- Carolina 4-5-1; Philadelphia 8-2-0

Season series -- This will be the third of four meetings between the teams this season, with the Flyers having won the previous two encounters. On Nov. 1, Scott Hartnell scored a pair of goals to lead the Flyers to a 3-2 victory in Philadelphia. Just 10 days later, Jeff Carter notched a hat trick as the Flyers had their highest-scoring game since 2007 in an 8-1 rout in Raleigh. The teams close the season series Feb. 18, when the Hurricanes will retire Rod Brind'Amour's number in a pregame ceremony in North Carolina.

Big story -- The Flyers kept pace with the 1973-74 team for the third-best record in franchise history after 53 games (75 points) following their 3-1 defeat of Dallas on Saturday. The 35 wins are the most the team ever has had at this point except for two seasons -- 36 after 53 games in 1979-80 and 1985-86. All-Star forward Claude Giroux became the first Flyer to reach the 50-point mark this season when he earned an assist against Dallas. He has 19 goals and 31 assists.

Team Scope:

Hurricanes --
Carolina looks to rebound after suffering a 3-2 overtime loss to the Devils on Tuesday. It was the first of a five-game road swing. After their visit to Philadelphia, the Hurricanes travel to Tampa Bay and Atlanta before returning to face New Jersey on Feb. 16. The Hurricanes, 3-2-1 in their last six games, have been relatively steady on the road with a mark of 12-12-5.

"We're going to play some very difficult teams," coach Paul Maurice said. "(Knowing) how to play these important games on the road is a necessity for a team that wants that playoff success. You have to be able to win very tight games against good opponents on the road."

Flyers -- Goalie Brian Boucher made 30 saves in a win against Dallas on Saturday to give Philadelphia its second win in a row and 12th in its last 15. Darroll Powe scored the first shorthanded goal of his NHL career early in the second period, snapping a 34-game goal-less streak, to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead. For the Flyers, it was their eighth shorthanded goal as a team, tying them for second in the NHL. The Flyers are 8-0 this season when scoring a shorthanded goal, and have won 13 games in a row dating back to last season when scoring on the penalty kill.

Who's hot -- Flyers forward Jeff Carter, who has 25 goals this season, has 5 goals and 8 points in his last five games and 9 goals and 14 points in the last 11 games. … Hurricanes 2010 first-round draft pick Jeff Skinner, the youngest player currently in the NHL, ranks first among all NHL rookies with 43 points and 23 assists and second in goals (20), power-play goals (6) and power-play assists (10).

Injury report -- Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen (leg) will miss Thursday's game, while left wing Jussi Jokinen (lower body) is doubtful. … There are no significant injuries to report for the Flyers.

Stat pack -- Boucher notched his 12th victory of the season Saturday against Dallas. Six of his 12 wins have come when he's made 30 or more saves. … Defenseman Joe Corvo has 99 career points as a member of the Hurricanes.

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