It’s a revenge match of sorts in the Metropolitan Division tonight. The Philadelphia Flyers (11-9-1) are hosting the Carolina Hurricanes (12-8-0) in their third season meeting. It’ll also be Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Wells Fargo Center.
There will be four games overall, and thus far, the road team has taken the last two contests. The Hurricanes won the first game 3-2, and the Flyers took the second one 3-1. Their series will finish at PNC Arena in Raleigh on March 24th.
Philadelphia has been having a slightly unexpected season. In a year that many believed would be a rebuild, they’ve found themselves third in the Metropolitan Division behind the Hurricanes and leaders, New York Rangers. They snapped a two-game losing streak with a wild shootout win over the New York Islanders on Saturday. Philadelphia had 40 or more shots on goal for the fourth time this season.
It’s a “Metro Madness” week, and starting it off with a win would very much be a boost for Philadelphia.
Where to Watch
When: Tuesday, November 28th @ 7:30 pm
Where: Wells Fargo Center
How to watch: ESPN+ and Hulu
As previously mentioned, the season series is currently split 1-1. Carolina took the first game on October 30th, 3-2, and Philadelphia took the second game on November 15th, 3-1.
The Hurricanes are coming to Wells Fargo Center off of a thrilling, three-goal third-period comeback over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Brady Skjei, and Andrei Svechnikov all scored in the final ten minutes, giving their club an all-important two points in the Metropolitan Division.
Speaking of Svechnikov, he’s back in action after returning from an ACL injury. He had the game-winner inside the final two minutes against Columbus and now has nine points in 12 games. The goal against the Blue Jackets was the first of the season for him, and finding the back of the twine for the first time this season could set him off.
“It’s going to definitely give me some confidence, but I still kind of feel that I know how I can play, and I’m not there yet. I know it’s going to happen soon.”Andrei Svechnikov; 11/26/2023
Goaltending is an ongoing concern for Carolina. Frederik Andersen is sidelined indefinitely with a blood clotting issue. Antti Raanta is 6-3-0 in nine starts, yet, he carries a mediocre 3.47 goals against average and 85.4% save percentage. The goalie the last time Carolina played Philadelphia was Pyotr Kochetkov. He has a record of 2-4-0 in seven games with a 2.91 GAA and 88.1% save percentage.
The morning skate for Philadelphia didn’t start off with the best news for Tortorella. Noah Cates will miss six to eight weeks because of a lower-body injury. Cates has led all Flyers forwards in shorthanded ice time at 2:09 minutes per game. The loss of one of Philadelphia’s best defensive forwards isn’t great, but thankfully, it’s not for lack of contributors.
“Carolina is probably one of the highest-pressure teams. They’re man-on-man all over the place; they can skate. They’re a good team, a really good team. We’ve got to be aware of their quickness. It’s a quicker team, a little more different team than the Islanders, but when you play Carolina, you end up on the boards; you end up grinding it out with them. Our readiness is very important in how quick we play, and we need to pressure, too. Not let them dictate the pace of the game.”John Tortorella; 11/28/2023
The Flyers have had nine different players chip in at least ten points so far this season. Granted, over the past three games, goals have remained elusive for the squad. Travis Konecny has 15 points (11G, 4A) leading the team in goals scored. Joel Farabee has consistently played well on both sides of the puck and notched eight goals and seven assists. Guys like Cam Atkinson, Owen Tippett, and Sean Couturier are adept at quick execution and opportunistic changes in front of the net.
Penalty kills and power plays have remained both a gain and bane of the Flyers’ existence. The penalty kill has been a team strength for most of the season’s first quarter, especially over the past few contests. On Sunday, the Flyers went 3/3, and the Islanders couldn’t get any shots on goal. Shorthanded goals are also a strength for Philadelphia. They have five shorthanded goals to date: two from Konecny and Sean Walker and one by Ryan Poehling.
The powerplay is their kryptonite. Philadelphia has the 29th-ranked powerplay in the NHL at 10.1% (7/69) and allowed one shorthanded goal. They had one powerplay against the Islanders and went 0/6 on the powerplay against the Rangers. They can’t seem to create legitimate scoring chances. To go against Carolina, that’s going to have to change.
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