After a rough game at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Carolina Hurricanes (20-19-9) will hit the road to take on the Philadelphia Flyers (25-19-6) in a Metropolitan Division showdown. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
UPDATE: The game will be played Wednesday night at 6 p.m.
This will be the third meeting between the two teams, the Canes have won both previous games by a 2-1 score.Hurricanes’ Lineup Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer Jeff Skinner – Elias Lindholm – Tuomo Ruutu Manny Malhotra – Riley Nash – Radek Dvorak Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey Jay Harrison – Mike Komisarek Anton Khudobin/Justin Peters Possible Scratches: Cam Ward and Drayson Bowman (Injured). Ryan Murphy and Brett Bellemore (Healthy). Flyers’ Lineup Michael Raffl – Claude Giroux – Jakub Voracek Scott Hartnell – Brayden Schenn – Wayne Simmonds Matt Read – Sean Couturier – Vincent Lecavalier Steve Downie – Adam Hall – Jay Rosehill Braydon Coburn – Kimmo Timonen Nicklas Grossmann – Mark Streit Andrej Meszaros – Luke Schenn Steve Mason/Ray Emery Possible Scratches: Zac Rinaldo and Erik Gustafsson (Injured). Hal Gill (Healthy).
Hurricanes’ Outlook: The Lightning were not kind to the Hurricanes after the team made some awful plays in the game, leaving Justin Peters and Anton Khudobin out to dry.
The team defense didn’t look strong, specifically Patrick Dwyer, Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera, but expect that to change starting tonight. These players don’t usually have bad games.
Coach Kirk Muller has been taking a “ride the hot lineup” approach this season. He had Jay Harrison and Mike Komisarek play two games in a row, but after losing Sunday, the coach may make a change. However, Harrison and Komisarek played fine against the Lightning.
Despite not being at fault for any of the goals, Peters was pulled and may not get the start tonight as Khudobin could be thrown right back into the fire.
Tuomo Ruutu has seen considerably less ice time lately. That is likely to continue tonight.
Flyers’ Outlook: After a slow start to the season, the Flyers have rebounded moving up to third in the Metropolitan and have a 5-3-2 record in their last 10.
However, they did play a matinee game against the New York Islanders Monday, squandering a 3-1 lead and losing in the shootout 4-3.
One reason for Philadelphia’s turnaround is the play of Claude Giroux. The Canadian had a tough time finding the back of the net at the beginning of the season, but now has 44 points in 50 games.
Jakub Voracek was injured in Monday’s game with an upper-body injury and may not play today.
UPDATE: Voracek will play tonight.
Ray Emery was in net for the Flyers, so Steve Mason is likely to get the start. The former Blue Jacket has played strong this season and earned a contract extension Saturday.
A recap will be posted after the game.