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.
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.
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.
A recap will be posted after the game.