Two of the most disappointing teams in the NHL will take the ice tonight when the Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers play each other in Raleigh at 7 ET.
However, in the Hurricanes last game the team played like playoff contenders and will look to continue that play down the stretch drive starting
against the Flyers.
In the game against the Winnipeg Jets, some of Carolina’s top forwards in Tuomo Ruutu and Alexander Semin got back on track, ending goalless droughts to send the game into overtime before losing on a Dustin Byfuglien goal.
The Canes need their top players playing in this type of form before the season ends next week. It would be bad for the whole team if they end the season with no confidence; and having to think about the poor play all summer.
Justin Peters played in net against the Jets, again having a strong game, but he probably should have made a save on Blake Wheeler’s breakaway goal. The Jets’ forward did not use much of a deke, but was able to shoot past Peters, who was not positioned as well as he should have been. According to Chip Alexander, Peters will start again tonight.
However, Muller announced earlier this week that Jeff Skinner did not have a concussion from Ottawa’s Jared Cowen’s hit and may be back in the lineup for tonight’s game. Skinner was on the ice for morning skate and will probably play tonight if he is feeling up to it.
As for the Flyers, the team has been in a downward spiral all season. Philadelphia has not been able to get on any hot streaks and is playing poor team defense, but did won both games against the Hurricanes this season. The team announced that Steve Mason will be in net tonight. The trade-deadline acquisition made 38 saves and earned the win against the New York Rangers in his last game.