NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, December 11th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (13-12-3) at Philadelphia Flyers (14-7-6), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers will
complete their season series tonight, as they meet for the fourth time in just
over two weeks with a battle at the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers won the first meeting of the season on November 26, posting a 3-1
decision at the RBC Center in Raleigh. The next two encounters were decided in
overtime, as the Hurricanes beat Philly on the road on November 28 before the
Flyers won again last Saturday in Carolina.
Philadelphia has taken six of eight and seven of the last 10 meetings between
the clubs, but the Hurricanes have come out on top in their last two trips to
the City of Brotherly Love.
The Flyers followed up Saturday's win in Carolina by defeating the visiting
New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Simon Gagne's power-play goal late in the
third period lifted Philadelphia over the Isles, 4-3, at the Wachovia Center.
Jeff Carter and Arron Asham also lit the lamp for the Flyers, who have won
three of four games to begin December and are now tied with Pittsburgh for
second place in the Atlantic Division. Philly and the Pens each have 34 points
and trail the New York Rangers by six points for the division lead. New Jersey
is fourth in the division with 32 points.
Darroll Powe also registered his first NHL tally, and Mike Richards picked up
Carter's marker was his 20th of the season and leaves him two behind Buffalo's
Thomas Vanek for the league lead in goals. Meanwhile, Richards extended his
point streak to five games and has five tallies and three assists during the
Martin Biron stopped 24 shots to record his ninth straight win over the
The Flyers played their fourth straight game without defenseman Matt Carle,
who is sidelined indefinitely with a rib injury.
Tonight's outing marks the second portion of a four-game homestand for the
Flyers, who are 7-4-3 as the host this year and have won five of their last
seven at the Wachovia Center. Philly will next welcome the rival Pittsburgh
Penguins for an Atlantic Division battle on Saturday afternoon.
Carolina recently ended a three-game losing streak with Sunday's 3-1 home
victory over rival Washington. Ray Whitney scored twice to lead the Hurricanes
to the win over the Capitals, who are first in the Southeast Division and six
points ahead of Carolina.
Eric Staal scored the game-winning goal, while Michael Leighton stopped 38
shots for the Hurricanes.
Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice got his first win in his second stint with
Carolina as he had lost his first two games after taking over for the fired
Carolina is 6-4-2 as the visiting club this year and will also visit the New
York Rangers on Saturday to wrap a two-game road trip.
12/11 10:40:44 ET