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Philadelphia tries to end three-game skid; Carolina continues lengthy homestand

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (22-15-5) at HURRICANES (24-16-2)

7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, FS-CR, NHL.TV 

 

The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will try to end a three-game losing streak when they conclude a six-game road trip against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Tuesday.

Goalie Brian Elliott will start for the Flyers, who are 1-4-0 on the trip following a four-game winning streak.

The Hurricanes, who are 2-5-0 in their past seven games, will play the fifth of a seven-game homestand; they are 2-2-0.

The Flyers have won each game against the Hurricanes this season; 4-1 at Philadelphia on Nov. 5 and 5-3 at Carolina on Nov. 21.

 

Players to watch 

Flyers forward Claude Giroux has 43 points (13 goals, 30 assists) in 42 games against the Hurricanes, including six points (three goals, three assists) in two games this season.

Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho has 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 15 games against the Flyers.

 

They said it 

"It's time to get back on the winning side of things and we can't ask for a better opportunity than Tuesday against the Hurricanes, a big division rivalry game. Hopefully we can get out of here with the two points that they can't get." -- Flyers center Sean Couturier

"I think they've improved their back end, and obviously, they're goaltending they're pretty happy with. They've got the same old guys you've got to watch that can kill you. But they're a lot deeper now than they've been in the past and a lot more formidable team." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour

 

Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

James van Riemsdyk -- Kevin Hayes -- Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Tyler Pitlick -- Michael Raffl -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Mikhail Vorobyev -- Joel Farabee

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers

Robert Hagg -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Brian Elliott

Carter Hart

Scratched: Andy Andreoff, Chris Stewart

Injured: Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma), Justin Braun (groin)

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Lucas Wallmark -- Jordan Martinook

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Joel Edmundson

James Reimer

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Trevor van Riemsdyk

Injured: None

 

Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. … Braun, who left a 6-2 loss at the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 4 with a groin injury, will not play.

 

Stat pack 

Voracek has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his past nine games and six assists in his past four. … Couturier has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games. … Svechnikov has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past nine games. … Teravainen has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 17 games against Philadelphia.

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