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Saturday, October 31st
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (2-6-3) at Philadelphia Flyers (5-4-1), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes will try to end a lengthy slide
this afternoon, when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers for a battle at
The Hurricanes have dropped seven straight games, giving the club its longest
skid since another seven-game slide from January 25-February 11, 2003.
Carolina's last eight-game losing streak came earlier that season, from
Carolina, which hasn't won since beating Florida by a 7-2 score on October 9,
suffered its most recent setback Wednesday against visiting St. Louis. David
Perron finished with two goals and an assist to lead the Blues to an easy 5-2
victory at RBC Center.
Joe Corvo and Scott Walker had power-play tallies for Carolina, which is just
two setbacks away from the longest losing streak in franchise history, a nine-
game slide that came when the team was still located in Hartford during the
Cam Ward allowed four goals on 17 shots in defeat.
"The nice part is when you wake up in the morning, you know what the problems
are," Carolina head coach Paul Maurice said. "The hard part is you don't know
where to start. We have to respect the defensive part of the game. We are
looking like we are flip-flopping back and forth, you know, one night we are
good defensively and don't work hard offensively."
The Hurricanes will again be without forward Tuomo Ruutu today, as he serves
the final test of a three-game suspension for last week's hit on Colorado's
Carolina has yet to win on the road this year, having posted an 0-4-2 mark as
the guest. Next up for the Hurricanes is Sunday's home test against San Jose.
While the Flyers haven't reached Carolina's depths yet, Philadelphia has lost
two straight and five of their last seven games.
The Orange and Black were last in action Tuesday evening in Washington, where
the Capitals dealt the Flyers a 4-2 setback. Alexander Semin notched the game-
winning goal in the third period as Washington erased a two-goal deficit to
take the win at Verizon Center.
Scott Hartnell and Braydon Coburn scored power-play goals for the Flyers,
while Ray Emery turned back 32-of-35 shots in the loss.
"We had a two-goal lead and it seemed like we kind of lost focus. I think we
took it for granted a little bit," Emery said. "With a two-goal lead, you want
to stick it to them."
Although the Flyers put winger Simon Gagne on injured reserve earlier this
week due to a hernia, Philadelphia will get back a pair of players today in
forward Blair Betts and defenseman Ryan Parent. Betts hasn't played since
dislocating his shoulder against Washington on October 6, while Parent has
missed the last four games with a groin injury. Both players are expected to
be activated off IR before today's game.
Flyers forward Danny Briere is questionable for today's game after leaving
Friday's practice early with a lower-body injury. Briere has five goals and
two assists in 10 games this season.
Philadelphia is playing the first of two straight at the Wachovia Center today
and will play six of its next seven games in the City of Brotherly Love. The
Flyers are 3-2-1 as the host this year.
The Flyers notched a 2-0 win in Carolina on October 2, giving them three
straight victories over the Hurricanes. Philadelphia has taken eight of the
last 10 overall matchups in the series, including three of five held at the
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