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After back-to-back shootouts, the Flyers will look to finish their work in regulation Tuesday night.

They've gone to the skills competition three times through 13 games, tied for the second-most shootouts in the NHL.

To avoid bonus hockey, the Flyers (6-5-2) must outplay the Hurricanes (9-4-1) on home ice.

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• How much better are the Flyers compared to last season?

Tonight's game should provide a clearer indication.

In 2018-19, the Flyers lost all four matchups with the Hurricanes, who went on a surprise run to the Eastern Conference Final. Carolina outscored the Flyers 17-9 in the four-game regular-season series, while the orange and black finished 10-16-2 against Metropolitan Division opponents.

If the Flyers want to show they're an improved team that can make the playoffs, beating the Hurricanes would be a step in that direction.

• Joel Farabee will see another game on the Flyers' top line alongside Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk. After scoring his first career NHL goal last Friday in the Flyers' 4-3 shootout win over the Devils, the 19-year-old rookie jumped from the third line to the first unit the next night. He didn't score but he created chances, complemented his linemates and earned another shot.

 

"I don’t know if I moved him up," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said Monday. "I just mixed the lines. I’m just trying to get the right type of defensive and offensive chemistry on the lines. I didn’t think in the New Jersey game that G’s line had been as effective as I thought they could be, so just made a little, subtle change there. It certainly gives us balance throughout the top-nine forwards." 

• The Hurricanes are a strong third-period team. They're tied for the NHL's most wins when trailing after the second period with four and have allowed the league's fewest goals in the final stanza with six.

• Once again, keep an eye on Sean Couturier's number of faceoffs and how that impacts the Flyers (see story).

Projected lineup

Forwards

James van Riemsdyk-Claude Giroux-Joel Farabee
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl-Kevin Hayes-Jakub Voracek
Carsen Twarynski-German Rubtsov-Tyler Pitlick

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Shayne Gostisbehere-Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers

Goalies

Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

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