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Carolina looking for fifth straight win; Elliott expected in goal for Philadelphia

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (10-7-4) at HURRICANES (13-7-1)



The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes will try to match a season-high five-game winning streak when they play the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday at PNC Arena.

Goalie Petr Mrazek will start for the Hurricanes, who have outscored their opponents 21-11 in their past four games. Carolina won its first five games of the season.

Brian Elliott will start in goal for the Flyers, who will try to end a four-game winless streak (0-2-2), which followed a 5-0-1 stretch. Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said he might use a lineup with 11 forwards and seven defensemen.


Players to watch

Flyers forward Morgan Frost, who was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Monday, scored in his NHL debut against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov has eight points (four goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak.


They said it

"We're trying to get (Jakub Voracek) going, and everybody that's played with (Sean Couturier) has found a pretty good level of success. That might jump start (Voracek) a little bit. We obviously need him playing well." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault

"That's a pretty powerful offense up front. It seems that way every night. It's no different, we have to be on our toes. We've watched them play the last few games and they're playing pretty well." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour


Flyers projected lineup

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Claude Giroux -- Morgan Frost - Travis Konecny

Joel Farabee -- Kevin Hayes -- Tyler Pitlick

James van Riemsdyk -- Michael Raffl -- Andy Andreoff

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers

Brian Elliott

Carter Hart

Scratched: Chris Stewart, Robert Hagg

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Scott Laughton (broken finger)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Ryan Dzingel -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Nino Niederreiter -- Lucas Wallmark -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Eetu Luostarinen -- Jordan Martinook

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Haydn Fleury

Injured: Erik Haula (knee)


Status report

Vigneault said Laughton, who will miss his 13th straight game, was cleared by doctors Thursday. He will practice Friday and hopes to return against the Calgary Flames on Saturday. … Andreoff would be scratched and Hagg would play if the Flyers use 11 forwards and seven defensemen. … Haula (knee) will miss his second straight game and sixth of the past eight.


Stat pack

Couturier has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the past 11 games. Voracek has gone 11 games without a goal; he needs one for 200 in the NHL. ... Hamilton has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak. Aho (seven goals, three assists) in the past nine games.

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