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It is coming down to the wire in the playoff picture. A 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday drastically changed the standings, leaving the Flyers with what is essentially a must-win situation on Thursday night.
Game 81 is also against a non-playoff team in the Carolina Hurricanes, who are looking to play spoiler.
The Flyers will present team awards prior to the game. That will start at 7 p.m.
|Philadelphia Flyers||GP||G||A||P||Carolina Hurricanes||GP||G||A||P|
|Claude Giroux||80||30||67||97||Sebastian Aho||76||28||36||64|
|Jake Voracek||80||19||64||83||Teuvo Teravainen||80||23||39||62|
|Sean Couturier||80||31||41||72||Justin Williams||80||15||33||48|
|Shayne Gostisbehere||76||13||49||62||Jeff Skinner||80||24||24||48|
|Travis Konecny||79||24||23||47||Jordan Staal||77||17||27||44|
|Player to Watch|
|28 Claude Giroux||20 Sebastian Aho|
|Last 5 Games: 4 G, 3 A, 7 P, +4||Last 5 Games: 2 G, 0 A, 2 P, -1|
|37 Brian Elliott||30 Cam Ward|
|21-11-7, 2.72 GAA, .908 SV%||22-14-4, 2.75 GAA, .905 SV%|
The Flyers will get Brian Elliott back for the first time since Feb. 10, and could they ever use him. It's been an adventure in goal with Petr Mrazek's inconsistency, Alex Lyon's overall inexperience and Michal Neuvirth's injury woes. With Elliott back, the Flyers get the goalie that carried them through much of the season.
The Hurricanes did not have a morning skate and did not announce a starter, but it is likely to be Cam Ward in goal. Ward was in goal for the Hurricanes in the Flyers 4-2 win in Carolina on March 17, making 23 saves. In four starts since, Ward is 3-1-0 and has allowed two goals or less in the last three starts. Ward has faced the Flyers 31 times in his career, with a 12-12-6 record and a 2.67 GAA.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Injuries: Michal Neuvirth
Scratches: Dale Weise, Jordan Weal, Taylor Leier, Robert Hagg, Johnny Oduya
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|28 Claude Giroux||14 Sean Couturier||12 Michael Raffl|
|54 Oskar Lindblom||19 Nolan Patrick||93 Jake Voracek|
|11 Travis Konecny||51 Valtteri Filppula||17 Wayne Simmonds|
|21 Scott Laughton||15 Jori Lehtera||24 Matt Read|
|9 Ivan Provorov||53 Shayne Gostisbehere|
|6 Travis Sanheim||47 Andrew MacDonald|
|23 Brandon Manning||3 Radko Gudas|
|37 Brian Elliott|
The Flyers made two changes to the lineup and shuffled the lines further. After making a mid-game switch, Michael Raffl will be on the top line with Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier. Travis Konecny will be on a line with Valtteri Filppula and Wayne Simmonds. Scott Laughton returns to the fourth line in place of Jordan Weal. In goal, the Flyers will have Brian Elliott back as the starter.
Hurricanes Projected Lineup
Injuries: Justin Faulk, Brett Pesce, Victor Rask
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|23 Brock McGinn||11 Jordan Staal||14 Justin Williams|
|53 Jeff Skinner||28 Elias Lindholm||34 Phil Di Giuseppe|
|73 Valentin Zykov||20 Sebastian Aho||86 Teuvo Teravainen|
|42 Joakim Nordstrom||7 Derek Ryan||21 Lee Stempniak|
|74 Jaccob Slavin||6 Klas Dahlbeck|
|5 Noah Hanifin||57 Trevor van Riemsdyk|
|4 Haydn Fleury||55 Roland McKeown|
|30 Cam Ward|
- Power Play: Flyers (17th, 23rd at home), Hurricanes (21st, T-22nd on road)
- Penalty Kill: Flyers (29th, 29th at home), Hurricanes (24th, 26th on road)
- Recent History vs. Hurricanes
- Feb. 6, 2018 - Flyers 2, Hurricanes 1 (F/OT) (at CAR)
- March 1, 2018 - Hurricanes 4, Flyers 1 (at PHI)
- March 17, 2018 - Flyers 4, Hurricanes 2 (at CAR)
- Flyers Leaders vs. Hurricanes
- Claude Giroux - 35 GP, 8 G, 22 A, 30 P
- Jake Voracek - 31 GP, 8 G, 16 A, 24 P
- Wayne Simmonds - 27 GP, 12 G, 12 A, 24 P
- Petr Mrazek - 8 GP, 6-2-0, 2.00 GAA
- Brian Elliott - 16 GP, 8-6-0, 2.59 GAA
- Milestone Watch
- Claude Giroux needs two assists to pass Bill Barber for third all-time in Flyers history.
- Jake Voracek needs three assists to reach 400 in the NHL.
- Valtteri Filppula needs five assists to reach 300 in the NHL.
Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic