The Carolina Hurricanes (0-0-1) will look to bounce back from their heart-breaking loss tonight when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers (0-2-0) at 5 p.m. ET in Raleigh. The game will be televised on NHL Network and locally on Fox Sports Carolinas. The game can be heard on 99.9 FM The Fan.Hurricanes Lineup Offense Tlusty – E. Staal – Semin Gerbe – J. Staal – Dwyer Skinner – Nash – Dvorak Sutter – Lindholm – Bowman Defense Faulk – Sekera Hainey – Bellemore Harrison – Murphy Goalies
Khudobin [Ward] Scratches: Ruutu (Injured), Gleason (Injured), Komisarek and Westgarth (Healthy). Flyers Lineup Offense Hartnell – Giroux – B. Schenn Read – Lecavalier – Simmonds Talbot – Couturier – Voracek Rosehill – Hall – Rinaldo Defense Timonen – Coburn L. Schenn – Streit Meszaros – Grossmann Goalies
Mason [Emery] Scratches: Gill, Gustafsson and Newbury (Healthy).
This will be the first game the Hurricanes play a Metropolitan Division opponent, and unfortunately, it’s against a team that has had the Canes’ number for quite some time.
But the Flyers did play last night in Montreal and had to travel to Raleigh for the 5 p.m. start, so it’s likely the Flyers will be burnt after a tough game and travel.
The Hurricanes need to jump on the Flyers early. The Flyers are tired and also looking for a win, but the Canes can’t give them any room for hope in the beginning of the game.
While much has been discussed about the Flyers’ lack of defense and questions in goaltending, their main problem so far is just scoring goals. In two games, they have two goals.
Look for Jordan Staal‘s line to go up against Claude Giroux‘s line, but Vincent Lecavalier‘s line also has to be stopped. The former Lightning has a goal and an assist in two games and is leading Philadelphia’s offense. It may be up to the first line to contain the Flyers’ second line.
The Hurricanes may have missed out on an extra point in Friday’s game, but getting two points against a Metropolitan Division rival would be huge this early in a season.