The Philadelphia Flyers (25-19-6) will take on the Carolina Hurricanes (20-19-9) tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. The game was originally scheduled for last night at 7pm, but it was postponed due to inclement weather. Game time is 6pm and will be televised on CSN Philadelphia. Due to this schedule change, our twitter account (@BroadStreetBuzz) will only be able to live tweet the first period of the game. However, there will be our usual post game recap wth takeaways on the site before you wake up tomorrow morning.
The Flyers head into this game following a home and home set against the Islanders. The two games were a mirror image of one another. In the first game on Saturday evening, the Flyers found themselves down 4-3 going into the third period. They scored three goals and outshot the Islanders 14-2 in the third period to earn the comeback victory. On Monday afternoon, the Flyers took a 3-1 lead into the third period. Unfortunately, they were scored on twice in the third period and outshot 17-3. The Flyers lost the game in a shootout.
The Carolina Hurricanes are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games and have climbed above .500. However, they have lost three out of their last four and their only win was against the Florida Panthers. The Hurricanes are led offensively by Eric Staal (39 points in 45 games) and Jeff Skinner (21 goals in 37 games). The Flyers will need to look out for young up-and-comers like US Olympic defenseman Justin Faulk and the 5th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Elias Lindholm.
-As of this writing, neither team has announced their starting goaltender. Last night they announced that Mason would start, but that was before the postponement. The Flyers started Ray Emery on Monday, with the expectation of starting Steve Mason last night in the second half of back-to-back games. Now that this game has become the front end of a back-to-back, the situation is much more sticky. Adding to the drama is the fact that the Flyers will travel to Columbus tomorrow night. Steve Mason spent a long time in Columbus and starting there could be a very good, or a very bad, thing for the Flyers goaltender.
-Wayne Simmonds is on fire. He has 22 points in his last 17 games. Look for him to continue to be an offensive catalyst for the Flyers. Matt Read is also coming off of a good game. He scored two beautiful goals, one of which was shorthanded. If Read and Couturier can get hot, that would be a huge boost for the Flyers.
-Jakub Voracek suffered a hand injury Monday afternoon. He was evaluated in Phialdelphia on Monday night and should be in the lineup tonight.
-Happy 29th Birthday to Nicklas Grossmann. The hulking Swedish defender has fallen on hard times lately. If his game is kept simple and he is sheltered from offensive zone starts, Grossmann can be effective. He is a solid hitter/shot blocker and is a key cog in the Flyers penalty kill. The problem is that the Flyers use him much more than his capabilities allow and that leads to all sorts of turnovers and horrid possession numbers. All that said, hopefully he comes out and has a good game on his birthday.