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Wednesday, November 28th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (13-8-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (13-8-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will visit the Carolina Hurricanes
for the second time in a week, as the clubs meet for tonight's battle at the
The Flyers and Hurricanes played last Wednesday in Raleigh and Philadelphia
was able to post a 6-3 victory as Daniel Briere notched a hat trick for the
Philly has played three games since and is 1-1-1 in those affairs. After
losing to Washington in overtime on Friday, the Flyers beat Ottawa on Saturday
before losing Monday's test to Boston. The two losses were at home while the
win came in Ottawa.
The Flyers were dealt a 6-3 setback by the Bruins on Monday, as Marc Savard
paced Boston with a goal and three assists.
Mike Richards notched a goal and an assist for the Flyers, while Mike Knuble
and Scottie Upshall also hit the back of the net. Philadelphia has just two
wins in its last six games (2-2-2).
Starter Martin Biron had a rough game, allowing three goals on 14 shots in
just 24 minutes of action. Antero Niittymaki surrendered two goals on 17 shots
over the remainder of the contest to take the loss.
Philadelphia forward Scott Hartnell was suspended two games for his hit on
Boston's Andrew Alberts on Monday. On the play, which occurred with 5:38
remaining in the second period, Hartnell collided with Alberts, who was
sliding on his knees near the boards at center ice. Hartnell's elbow and
shoulder hit Alberts flush in the side of the head, causing it to collide with
the dasher violently.
Hartnell received a major for boarding and a game misconduct for the
infraction. He is the fourth Flyer this season to be suspended this season.
The Flyers could also be without defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who is currently
hampered by a lower body injury.
The Hurricanes have also struggled recently, losing two of three and four of
their last six contests as well.
Carolina last played on Saturday in the nation's capital and was handed a 5-2
loss by Washington as Alexander Ovechkin scored a pair of goals for the
Ray Whitney and Erik Cole scored the goals for Carolina. John Grahame made 29
saves in the loss in place of starter Cam Ward, as the Hurricanes played their
second game in as many days.
Tonight's test marks the first of two straight at home for the Hurricanes, who
are 7-4-1 as the host club this year. Carolina will close out the brief
homestand with Friday's test against Washington.
The Flyers are 7-6-0 on the road this year.
Philadelphia has won three straight and four of the last five meetings against
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