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Preview: Hurricanes at Flyers

Philadelphia changes two pairings on defense, Carolina alters some line combinations

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

HURRICANES (1-1-2) at FLYERS (1-2-1)

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


Hurricanes team scope

The Carolina Hurricanes likely will dress the same players they used in their 4-2 win at the Calgary Flames on Thursday, but with a few wrinkles. One of them could be Sebastian Aho at right wing on a line with center Jordan Staal and left wing Joakim Nordstrom. Aho started Thursday at left wing on a line with center Elias Lindholm and right wing Teuvo Teravainen. "He's a very smart player," coach Bill Peters said of Aho. "Can play all three forward positions, responsible defensively. Knows how to play and play with good players. He's a good young player for us." Goaltender Eddie Lack is expected to start after getting the win against the Flames. The victory at Calgary was Carolina's first of the season; they Hurricanes built a three-goal lead for the third time in four games but were able to close the game out for the first time. "It's part of learning and part of growing together as a group," forward Jeff Skinner said. "Leaning how to finish games, learning how to close out teams, and I think for us just staying poised and sort of mentally tough on the bench helped us a lot in Calgary. I think we can use that experience, grow from it and draw back win it if we're in the same position. We can realize that we were there before and able to close out games."

Flyers team scope

The Philadelphia Flyers broke up the defense pairing of veteran Mark Streit and rookie Ivan Provorov. Streit will be reunited with Nick Schultz, his partner last season, and Provorov will skate with Brandon Manning. Provorov, the No. 7 pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, has one assist and a minus-5 rating while averaging 20:09 of ice time in four games. "I thought I played pretty good the first two games," Provorov said. "The second two I played OK. You can't go 82 games with playing all perfect games. You just have to limit the bad games." Coach Dave Hakstol said he's been impressed by the maturity Provorov, 19, has shown so far. "Like any young player, he's had his ups and downs," Hakstol said. "He handles things as we had hoped he would, really professionally. He's a good evaluator of his own game and has the mental maturity to process things. I'm very impressed with how he handles things." The Flyers also will have a new look to their third line, with Matt Read, who has a team-high four goals, moving from left wing to right wing to replace the suspended Dale Weise. Nick Cousins will play left wing, with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare at center. Despite three straight losses (0-2-1) after a season-opening victory at the Los Angeles Kings, the Flyers feel confident about their play. "I think it's the small things," forward Wayne Simmonds said. "Nothing big in our game. In every game we've been tied or had the lead. Just have to realize that when we do have the lead or it's a tie game, we've got to make sure we're playing smart with the puck and not having unnecessary turnovers and the team can go back the other way and capitalize."


Hurricanes projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Victor Rask -- Lee Stempniak

Joakim Nordstrom -- Jordan Staal -- Sebastian Aho

Teuvo Teravainen -- Elias Lindholm -- Phillip Di Giuseppe

Bryan Bickell -- Jay McClement -- Viktor Stalberg

Ron Hainsey -- Justin Faulk

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Noah Hanifin -- Klas Dahlbeck

Eddie Lack

Cam Ward

Scratched: Jakub Nakladal, Andrej Nestrasil, Martin Frk

Injured: Ryan Murphy (lower body)


Flyers projected lineup

Brayden Schenn -- Claude Giroux -- Wayne Simmonds

Travis Konecny -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Nick Cousins -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Matt Read

Chris VandeVelde -- Boyd Gordon -- Roman Lyubimov

Andrew MacDonald -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Nick Schultz -- Mark Streit

Ivan Provorov -- Brandon Manning

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: None

Injured: Michael Del Zotto (lower body), Scott Laughton (lower body), Michael Raffl (upper body)

Suspended: Radko Gudas, Dale Weise


Status report

Lack will make his second straight start in goal. Murphy skated in a yellow, non-contact jersey. … Giroux did not take part in the morning skate but Hakstol said he will be in the lineup. Mason will make his second straight start in goal. Weise is serving the first of a three-game suspension for an illegal hit on Anaheim defenseman Korbinian Holzer.


Who's hot

Rask has points in all four of Carolina's games. … Read has four goals in his past three games.

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