Jan 22, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) battles for loose puck with Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin (31) and defenseman Mike Komisarek (5) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #82 At Philadelphia Flyers

Apr 8, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with defenseman Luke Schenn (22) in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The last game is here, earlier then anyone wanted, but either way the Carolina Hurricanes (35-35-11) will play their last game of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers (42-30-9) this afternoon at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on Sports South and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

In three previous meetings, the Hurricanes have earned every win.

Hurricanes’ Outlook

This is the last chance for the Canes players to show why they should have a future in Raleigh, and that alone should be enough to get up for this one.

They’ll also have the chance to finish with a winning record, which is a small victory in a rough season, but a victory none the less.

If the Hurricanes played like they did against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, a win shouldn’t be too hard to earn. Some significant players had great games that carried the team.

The one sticking out the most was Cam Ward, who made 29 saves. If he doesn’t play today, that game may be his last ever as a Hurricane, and on the bright side, it was a great one.

Flyers’ Outlook

The Flyers already know who they’ll be playing in the first round and this game means nothing in the standings for them, so expect some important players to be scratched.

They played yesterday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning 4-3 in overtime, and had Kimmo Timonen and Nicklas Grossman scratched.

Claude Giroux has willed the team into the playoffs, but is the number one candidate to be a healthy scratch, so the Canes may not have to worry about that danger.

Steve Mason was injured against the Pens, but Ray Emery was expected to start anyways.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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