The Carolina Hurricanes (4-7-3) will look to put a stop to their losing streak tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET in Raleigh against Metropolitan Division opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers (4-9-0). The game will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.Hurricanes Lineup (Lines from practice) Tlusty – E. Staal – Semin Lindholm – J. Staal – Gerbe Ruutu – Nash – Dwyer Dvorak – Malhotra – Bowman Faulk – Sekera Hainsey – Bellemore Murphy – Harrison Peters [Murphy] Scratches: Gleason, Skinner, Khudobin, Ward (Injured). Komisarek (Healthy). Flyers Lineup Hartnell – Giroux – Voracek McGinn – B. Schenn – Simmonds Raffl – Couturier – Read Rosehill – Hall – Rinaldo Coburn – Timonen Grossmann – Streit Meszaros – Gill Mason/Emery Scratches: Lecavalier (Could play), Downie (Injured). Gustaffson, L Schenn (Healthy).
The Flyers have struggled early on this season, sitting in the basement of the Metropolitan right now, but won their last game against the Devils.
Typically the problems for the Flyers have boiled down to goaltending, but it’s been a rare strong point this season, especially Steve Mason. Ray Emery had the win in the last game, but the starter has not been announced.
In the game against the Rangers, Muller shuffled up the lines putting most of his offensive firepower on one line with the Staals and Semin. The team got some chances but couldn’t convert.
In practice, Muller split up the line, putting Jiri Tlusty back with Eric Staal and Semin. It’s probably the right move to break up the line, but Tlusty hasn’t really earned those first line minutes this season. I believe Nathan Gerbe has performed better and deserves that opportunity.
This is a big game for the Hurricanes and not only in ending the five-game losing streak. The Flyers are gaining some momentum and could start competing with the Canes for a higher spot in the division.
The Hurricanes can’t give the Flyers that chance tonight.
A recap will be posted after the game.