Can the Flyers upset the Hurricanes on their annual Pride Night celebration?

Flyers' Claude Giroux
PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 18: Philadelphia Flyers Left Wing Claude Giroux (28) celebrates a goal in the first period during the game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers on November 18, 2021 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

The Flyers look to weather the Storm Surge as the Carolina Hurricanes visit South Philadelphia this afternoon at 3 pm. The Flyers are hosting their annual Pride (day) Night in a celebration of inclusion during the event. It will be the first of a back-to-back against two of the NHL’s Stanley Cup contenders, both of which are coached by former Flyer Legends. On Tuesday they host former coach, Craig Berube and the St. Louis Blues.

The Flyers have been recently stealing defeat from the hands of victory. They dropped two games in a row against Metro-rivals the Penguins and the Capitals. In both games, the Flyers held third-period leads, only to have it all go wrong. Although they salvaged a point in Pittsburgh, at this point of the season, it may just be better to lose outright and get more lottery chances. However, in a moment of pessimism, is there any way Montreal doesn’t get the first pick?

Here is what to watch for in this afternoon’s contest:

Metropolitan Division Leading Hurricanes

The Hurricanes come to South Philadelphia after beating the Penguins 4-3 on Sunday giving netminder Antti Raanta his 100th NHL win. The Metro-leading Canes look to start Frederik Anderson, in the second game of a back-to-back.

The Flyers will need to shut down the highly skilled Canes’ forwards Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, and Teuvo Teravainen. Second-chance defenseman, Tony Deangelo, is also right up there with the Canes scoring leaders, having scored 40 points this year.

Stopping Flyers’ Hall of Famer, Rod Brind’Amour won’t be easy.

For the Flyers

Carter Hart will miss today’s game with an eye infection. Kirill Ustimenko will back up Martin Jones. The Flyers will also have Rasmus Ristolainen and Patrick Brown back from injury.

Puck drop is at 3 PM in a rare late afternoon matinee.

Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire