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Preview: Flyers at Hurricanes

Philadelphia faces quick turnaround; goalie Cam Ward will start for Carolina

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

FLYERS (3-5-1) at HURRICANES (2-3-2)

5 p.m. ET; TCN-PH, FS-CR, NHL.TV


Flyers team scope

Goalie Michal Neuvirth will start for the Philadelphia Flyers. Neuvirth relieved starter Steve Mason at the start of the second period after the Penguins scored three goals in a 55-second span late in the first of a 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, when the Flyers could not hold a two-goal lead. "Fifty-plus minutes where you'd say it's a blueprint of how you want our team to play," coach Dave Hakstol said. "We don't have to change anything. We have to tighten up a couple of things." Forward Jakub Voracek scored twice, including a second-period penalty shot that tied the game 4-4. Claude Giroux scored his first goal of the season to go along with nine assists. The Flyers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 in Philadelphia on Oct. 22.


Hurricanes team scope

Goalie Cam Ward will make his third straight for the Hurricanes, who are coming off a 3-2 home win against the New York Rangers on Friday. Forward Jeff Skinner had two goals and assisted on Bryan Bickell's game-winner. Skinner has 21 career multi-goal games. He is the youngest active player in the NHL with 20 or more such games, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Skinner, 24, and 23-year-old linemate Victor Rask are tied for the Hurricanes lead in points with nine. "[Rask] is very responsible defensively so you can play him against anybody in the League, and his skill is starting to show," coach Bill Peters said Saturday. "He's a young player doing what young players are supposed to do: get more comfortable as he goes along." 


Flyers projected lineup

Brayden Schenn -- Claude Giroux -- Wayne Simmonds

Travis Konecny -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Matt Read -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Roman Lyubimov

Chris VandeVelde -- Boyd Gordon -- Dale Weise

Nick Schultz -- Shayne Gostisbehere  

Ivan Provorov -- Mark Streit

Brandon Manning -- Radko Gudas

Michal Neuvirth

Steve Mason

Scratched: Nick Cousins, Andrew MacDonald

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


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

Klas Dahlbeck - Noah Hanifin  

Cam Ward

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Jakub Nakladal, Andrej Nestrasil, Martin Frk

Injured: Ryan Murphy (lower body)


Status report

The Hurricanes will stay with the same lineup they used against the Rangers. ... Hakstol hinted at lineup changes but did not reveal them.


Who's hot

Giroux has an eight-game point streak (1-9-10). ... Rask, who had two assists against the Rangers, has a seven-game scoring streak to begin the season. … Hanifin has six assists in seven games. ... Carolina's power play is 7-for-25 (28 percent), third in the League.

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