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Flyers-Hurricanes: Game 78 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Five games are left for the Flyers and for now, they are still mathematically alive in the playoff race, though a regulation loss will officially end their hopes, so it really is inevitable at this point.

So begins audition time for many Flyers as they begin the final five on the road facing the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon.

Game time is at 1:30 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P Carolina Hurricanes GP G A P
Claude Giroux 77 20 60 80 Sebastian Aho 77 30 51 81
Sean Couturier 75 32 42 74 Teuvo Teravainen 77 19 51 70
Jake Voracek 73 20 44 64 Justin Williams 77 22 28 50
Travis Konecny 77 23 24 47 Micheal Ferland 66 17 21 38
James van Riemsdyk 61 26 18 44 Andrei Svechnikov 77 20 16 36
 
Player to Watch
28 Claude Giroux     20 Sebastian Aho
Last 5 Games: 0 G, 3 A, 3 P, -4 Last 5 Games: 0 G, 3 A, 3 P, E
 
Claude Giroux has gone 10 straight games without a goal, though he does have eight assists in that time. Giroux has been held without a point in the last two games. He's sitting on 80 points for the season, two points away from sealing a point-per-game season.
 
Sebastian Aho has put together a strong season with 81 points and 30 goals, displaying great skill and emerging as one of the league's budding stars. Aho has been a key player to the Hurricanes being on the cusp of making the playoffs, so look for him to have a big impact in the final few games.
 
Goalie Matchup
33 Cam Talbot 34 Petr Mrazek
33 GP, 11-15-3, 3.32 GAA, .894 SV% 37 GP, 20-14-3, 2.47 GAA, .910 SV%

Cam Talbot makes just his second start since joining the Flyers. Talbot made 30 saves in his only start in the Orange and Black this season, getting the win against the Devils on March 1. He also entered in relief of Brian Elliott on March 6, making 15 saves on 16 shots.

Petr Mrazek made 24 saves on 27 shots in a loss to Washington on Tuesday and is expected to get back between the pipes on Saturday. Mrazek had won eight of his last nine starts prior to Tuesday's loss, allowing 15 goals in that stretch.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Michal Neuvirth

Scratches: Shayne Gostisbehere, Justin Bailey, Andrew MacDonald, Brian Elliott

Left Wing Center Right Wing
23 Oskar Lindblom 14 Sean Couturier 93 Jake Voracek
25 James van Riemsdyk 19 Nolan Patrick 28 Claude Giroux
11 Travis Konecny 21 Scott Laughton 38 Ryan Hartman
12 Michael Raffl 10 Corban Knight 44 Phil Varone
Defense    
9 Ivan Provorov 6 Travis Sanheim  
5 Sam Morin 61 Phil Myers  
8 Robert Hagg 3 Radko Gudas  
Goalie    
33 Cam Talbot    

Lineup Notes

Sam Morin gets another game and instead of playing seven defensemen, Shayne Gostisbehere will sit out as a healthy scratch. Phil Varone is expected to return to the lineup on the fourth line.

Hurricanes Projected Lineup

Injuries: Clark Bishop

Scratches: Saku Maenalanen 

Left Wing Center Right Wing
21 Nino Niederreiter 20 Sebastian Aho  14 Justin Williams
37 Andrei Svechnikov  11 Jordan Staal 86 Teuvo Teravainen
 79 Micheal Ferland 71 Lucas Wallmark 48 Jordan Martinook
23 Brock McGinn 42 Greg McKegg  13 Warren Foegele
Defense    
74 Jaccob Slavin 19 Dougie Hamilton  
22 Brett Pesce 27 Justin Faulk  
44 Calvin de Haan 57 Trevor van Riemsdyk  
Goalie    
34 Petr Mrazek    

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (22nd, 28th on road), Hurricanes (25th, 26th at home)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (19th, 18th on road), Hurricanes (6th, 16th at home) 
  • Recent History vs. Hurricanes
    • Dec. 31, 2018 - Hurricanes 3, Flyers 1 (at CAR)
    • Jan. 3, 2019 - Hurricanes 5, Flyers 3 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Hurricanes 
    • Claude Giroux - 38 GP, 9 G, 25 A, 34 P
    • Jake Voracek - 34 GP, 10 G, 18 A, 28 P
    • Sean Couturier - 31 GP, 7 G, 15 A, 22 P
    • Cam Talbot - 7 GP, 5-1-0, 1.90 GAA, .934 SV%

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

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