For the Hurricanes, it’s a home-and-home matchup.
For the Flyers, they’re just happy to be home after coming off a disappointing 1-3-1 road trip.
This will be the second matchup between the Flyers (15-19-5) and the Hurricanes (16-17-5) in the past three days.
• When: 7 p.m.
• Where: Wells Fargo Center
• Broadcast: NBCSP
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
Let's take a look at tonight's essentials.
• On Wednesday, Claude Giroux was the Flyers' lone representative selected to the All-Star Game — Giroux's sixth of his career — that will take pace Jan. 26 in San Jose.
Giroux passes John LeClair and joins Eric Lindros to play in six All-Star games as a Flyer. Flyers Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke holds the franchise record with 10.
Anytime you get a chance to go to an event the NHL puts together it’s always a good experience for me, my family and my friends. You get a chance to play with other good players. I’ve been a few times and I’ve had fun every year.
However, Jake Voracek may also know the way to San Jose. The Flyers' winger is a part of a group of "Last Men In," where fans choose the final player to represent each team. Flyers fans can go to NHL.com to cast their ballot for Voracek.
• Defenseman Christian Folin will make a rare appearance in a Flyers uniform.
Folin will replace the injured Andrew MacDonald, who is suffering from an undisclosed injury he sustained against the Predators on Tuesday. Head coach Scott Gordon couldn’t provide a timetable on how much time MacDonald could miss.
Folin hasn’t played since a 6-0 loss in Toronto and has been a healthy scratch for the Flyers the last 16 games. The Flyers are 8-8-1 in the 17 games Folin has played this season.
• The Flyers are trying to overcome another bagel performance after Nashville blanked them 4-0 Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.
It was the fifth time in 39 games they’ve been shutout, tied with the Coyotes and Bruins for most in the NHL. However, last season, the Flyers were blanked five times in their first 18 games of the regular season.
• It’s a Czech vs. Czech matchup in net with Michal Neuvirth opposing his former teammate Petr Mrazek.
Interestingly, in 16 starts this season, Mrazek has been able to string together back-to-back wins only once back in late October. With Carolina playing on back-to-back nights, Mrazek will be the Canes' starting goaltender tonight after Curtis McElhinney stifled the Flyers on New Year’s Eve, stopping 22 of 23 shots.
The last time Mrazek won three straight games came last season when he won his first three starts with the Flyers, but his season took a nosedive from there on with a 3-6-3 record, 3.70 goals against with an .880 save percentage and was a big reason the Flyers did not attempt to re-sign Mrazek.
Tonight will mark Mrazek’s 200th career NHL game. Interestingly, McElhinney also played his 200th career game, a 3-1 victory Tuesday against the Flyers.
Neuvirth would like to carry over his past success against Carolina, where he owns a 7-3-1 record with a .922 save percentage and a 2.54 goals against.
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl-Scott Laughton-Jake Voracek
James van Riemsdyk-Jordan Weal-Wayne Simmonds
Oskar Lindblom-Phil Varone-Dale Weise
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Shayne Gostisbehere-Radko Gudas
Robert Hagg-Christian Folin
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