One more game remains on the Flyers schedule and they will be looking to try to end a disappointing 2018-19 season on a good note. The Flyers have lost four straight games since their playoff hopes were officially dashed a week ago, and have lost six of the last seven games and nine of the last 12 games.
The Hurricanes' season will continue beyond Saturday after they locked up a playoff spot with their win on Thursday. There is still positioning to play for. A loss to the Flyers could mean Carolina would face the NHL's best in the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round as opposed to a potential series against Washington as the first wildcard. There's even a chance the Hurricanes could finish third in the division if they win and the Penguins lose in regulation.
Carolina also goes for a season sweep of the Flyers as well, having won the first three meetings between the two this season.
Game time is at 7 p.m.
|Philadelphia Flyers||GP||G||A||P||Carolina Hurricanes||GP||G||A||P|
|Claude Giroux||81||22||61||83||Sebastian Aho||81||30||53||83|
|Sean Couturier||79||32||43||75||Teuvo Teravainen||81||20||54||74|
|Jake Voracek||77||20||45||65||Justin Williams||81||23||30||53|
|James van Riemsdyk||65||27||21||48||Micheal Ferland||70||17||23||40|
|Travis Konecny||81||23||25||48||Dougie Hamilton||81||18||20||38|
|Player to Watch|
|14 Sean Couturier||14 Justin Williams|
|Last 5 Games: 1 G, 1 A, 2 P, -5||Last 5 Games: 1 G, 3 A, 4 P, +3|
|79 Carter Hart||35 Curtis McElhinney|
|30 GP, 16-12-1, 2.79 GAA, .919 SV%||32 GP, 19-11-2, 2.57 GAA, .912 SV%|
Carter Hart did a solid job in relief of Brian Elliott on Thursday, making 27 saves on 30 shots, and gets one more start in front of the home fans on Saturday night. Hart has just three wins in his last seven starts since returning from injury, but that's not a reflection of his play.
Curtis McElhinney gets the start in the final regular season game for Carolina, presumably to give Petr Mrazek the night off ahead of the playoffs. The rest of the lineup will be game-time decisions, but McElhinney has been a solid 1A for the Hurricanes.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Injuries: Nolan Patrick, Michal Neuvirth
Scratches: Justin Bailey, Andrew MacDonald, Brian Elliott
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|28 Claude Giroux||14 Sean Couturier||11 Travis Konecny|
|25 James van Riemsdyk||21 Scott Laughton||93 Jake Voracek|
|23 Oskar Lindblom||10 Corban Knight||38 Ryan Hartman|
|12 Michael Raffl||44 Phil Varone|
|9 Ivan Provorov||6 Travis Sanheim|
|53 Shayne Gostisbehere||3 Radko Gudas|
|5 Sam Morin||8 Robert Hagg||59 Mark Friedman|
|79 Carter Hart|
Nolan Patrick remains out of the lineup with injury, so he will miss the season finale. Corban Knight stays in the third-line center role. Mark Friedman will make his NHL debut on defense. Phil Myers was sent down, so he will not be on the roster for the final game of the 2018-19 season. The Flyers will go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen.
Hurricanes Projected Lineup
Injuries: Clark Bishop, Calvin de Haan
Scratches: Saku Maenalanen
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|21 Nino Niederreiter||20 Sebastian Aho||14 Justin Williams|
|79 Micheal Ferland||11 Jordan Staal||86 Teuvo Teravainen|
|37 Andrei Svechnikov||71 Lucas Wallmark||48 Jordan Martinook|
|13 Warren Foegele||42 Greg McKegg||23 Brock McGinn|
|74 Jaccob Slavin||19 Dougie Hamilton|
|22 Brett Pesce||27 Justin Faulk|
|4 Hadyn Fleury||57 Trevor van Riemsdyk|
|34 Petr Mrazek|
- Power Play: Flyers (24th, 16th at home), Hurricanes (19th, 13th on road)
- Penalty Kill: Flyers (26th, T-18th at home), Hurricanes (T-7th, 6th on road)
- Recent History vs. Hurricanes
- Dec. 31, 2018 - Hurricanes 3, Flyers 1 (at CAR)
- Jan. 3, 2019 - Hurricanes 5, Flyers 3 (at PHI)
- March 30, 2019 - Hurricanes 5, Flyers 2 (at CAR)
- Flyers Leaders vs. Hurricanes
- Claude Giroux - 39 GP, 10 G, 25 A, 35 P
- Shayne Gostisbehere - 15 GP, 4 G, 9 A, 13 P
- Jake Voracek - 35 GP, 10 G, 18 A, 28 P
- Carter Hart - 1 GP, 0-1-0, 8.18 GAA, .700 SV%
Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 93.3 WMMR