Tracking the Storm

Gameday: Hurricanes vs. Flyers

Thursday, 11.11.2010 / 11:43 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Gameday: Hurricanes vs. Flyers
The Hurricanes’ offense has been rolling of late, but it will get one its better tests to date tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers at the RBC Center.

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Fueled largely by two seven-goal outbursts over its last four games, Carolina now finds itself in second place in the Eastern Conference with 48 goals. The Canes have netted 21 of those over their last four games, with 11 different skaters scoring goals.

While the Canes played well enough to beat any team in their most lopsided victories over the New York Islanders and Edmonton, the Flyers will be an entirely different challenge.

“We’re not getting up 6-0 tonight,” said Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice, referring to the previous game’s outburst against Edmonton that ended with a 7-1 score. “That’s not going to happen.”

The Flyers have won six of their last seven games and currently rank second in the east. Their only blemish during that run came during their most recent contest - an overtime loss in Washington on Sunday.

While their physical defense always presents a challenge for Carolina, the Flyers have also been getting good goaltending from the surprising Sergei Bobrovsky, a 22-year-old who had not played a professional game in North America until this season. He has won eight of his first 11 games, posting a 2.19 goals-against average and .926 save percentage, and has made a case to keep his starting job even when former Hurricane Michael Leighton returns from back surgery in approximately two more weeks.

“It’s a perfect time for where we’re at as a team,” said Maurice of facing the Flyers. “We were pretty adherent to what we’re trying to do (against Edmonton), and now you play one of the elite teams in the NHL. The challenge is to do those things against a very good hockey team, and what they’ll do is give you a little better indicator of where you are with your game plan. “

Philadelphia has dominated the series against Carolina over the last five years, winning seven straight meetings and earning points over the last 16. The Hurricanes have not beaten the Flyers in regulation since Dec. 19, 2005.

The Hurricanes will have no lineup changes for tonight’s game, with Cam Ward starting his fifth consecutive game in goal. Joni Pitkanen and Brandon Sutter, who did not practice on Wednesday, are also expected to play.

For Philadelphia, James van Riemsdyk, the 2nd overall pick in the 2007 draft that sent Brandon Sutter to the Hurricanes at No. 11, has been a healthy scratch for the Flyers’ last two games. He has no goals and 4 assists this season, with Philadelphia media suggesting in recent days that he could be out again tonight.

When thinking of the Flyers’ most dangerous offensive weapons, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards are the first two names to come to mind. While they’ve continued at their usual pace, 22-year-old Claude Giroux has joined them as a genuine threat. The right wing, who signed a three-year contract extension earlier this week, leads the team with 14 points and leads the NHL with 3 shorthanded goals.


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72