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Flyers-Hurricanes: Game 38 Preview

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(Photo: Kate Frese)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers first two games out of the holiday break have come with late-game disappointment. First, there was an overtime loss in Tampa after a frantic comeback effort, then after holding Florida off the board for 53 minutes, surrendered two late goals to spoil Carter Hart's best game in goal in his young career.

The Flyers look to get back on track, closing out 2018 with a game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Game time is at 6 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P Carolina Hurricanes GP G A P
Claude Giroux 37 13 31 44 Sebastian Aho 37 15 24 39
Jake Voracek 37 9 20 29 Teuvo Teravainen 37 8 21 29
Sean Couturier 35 14 14 28 Justin Williams 37 7 13 20
Travis Konecny 37 9 12 21 Andrei Svechnikov 37 10 8 18
Wayne Simmonds 37 11 5 16 Micheal Ferland 30 11 6 17
 
Player to Watch
11 Travis Konecny 20 Sebastian Aho
Last 5 Games: 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, +1 Last 5 Games: 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, +3
 
If it feels like things have been quiet lately from Travis Konecny, well, it has. The Flyers forward has been held off the scoresheet completely in the last four games and has just two points, both assists, in his last 10 games. 
 
Sebastian Aho has emerged as the Hurricanes top offensive forward this season. He's following up a pair of seasons where he surpassed 20 goals with 15 already in just 37 games, well on his way to setting career marks. In just nine games against the Flyers in his career, Aho already has six goals and 12 points.
 
Goalie Matchup
79 Carter Hart 34 Petr Mrazek 
4 GP, 2-2-0, 2.28 GAA, .917 SV% 16 GP, 6-8-2, 2.59 GAA, .901 SV%

Carter Hart was on the wrong end of the decision on Saturday night despite making 34 saves on 36 shots, his highest total in four NHL games so far. Hart gets right back between the pipes in Carolina.

Former Flyer goalie Petr Mrazek is expected to get the call in goal for Carolina. It's been an up and down season for him. In some games, he has dominated and held the opposition completely off the board. In others, he has struggled mightily to make the big save when needed. The Flyers should have some familiarity with him from last season's brief stint in the Orange and Black.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Nolan Patrick, Brian Elliott, Anthony Stolarz, Corban Knight

Scratches: Jori Lehtera, Christian Folin

Left Wing Center Right Wing
25 James van Riemsdyk 28 Claude Giroux 11 Travis Konecny
17 Wayne Simmonds 14 Sean Couturier 93 Jake Voracek
21 Scott Laughton 40 Jordan Weal 12 Michael Raffl
23 Oskar Lindblom 44 Phil Varone 22 Dale Weise
Defense    
9 Ivan Provorov 6 Travis Sanheim  
53 Shayne Gostisbehere 8 Robert Hagg  
47 Andrew MacDonald 3 Radko Gudas  
Goalie    
79 Carter Hart    

Lineup Notes

No changes are expected to the Flyers lineup for Monday's game.

Hurricanes Projected Lineup

Injuries: Jordan Staal

Scratches: Phillip Di Guiseppe, Haydn Fleury, 

Left Wing Center Right Wing
23 Brock McGinn 20 Sebastian Aho 86 Teuvo Teravainen
79 Micheal Ferland 64 Clark Bishop 14 Justin Williams
37 Andrei Svechnikov 71 Lucas Wallmark 48 Jordan Martinook
59 Janne Kuokkanen 49 Victor Rask 13 Warren Foegele
Defense    
74 Jaccob Slavin 22 Brett Pesce  
44 Calvin de Haan 27 Justin Faulk  
57 Trevor van Riemsdyk 19 Dougie Hamilton  
Goalie    
34 Petr Mrazek    

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (31st, T-27th on road), Hurricanes (28th, T-23rd at home)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (29th, 30th on road), Hurricanes (11th, 22nd at home) 
  • 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)
    • April 5, 2018 - Flyers 4, Hurricanes 3 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Hurricanes
    • Shayne Gostisbehere - 13 GP, 4 G, 8 A, 12 P
    • Claude Giroux - 36 GP, 9 G, 23 A, 32 P
    • Wayne Simmonds - 28 GP, 12 G, 12 A, 24 P
  • Milestone Watch
    • Wayne Simmonds needs two goals to reach 200 as a Flyer.
    • Simmonds is also playing in his 800th NHL game tonight.

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

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