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Flyers at Hurricanes: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers at Hurricanes: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

The Flyers on Thursday night will look to avoid a season-worst fifth straight loss.

So far, they've lost four consecutive games twice. To avoid topping that, the Flyers (10-7-4) must beat the Hurricanes (13-7-1) on the road.

Let's get into the essentials:

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

• Alain Vigneault is trying everything and anything to spark his veterans.

On Monday, Vigneault said, “Whoever we’ve played with Coots has played well."

The Flyers' head coach is so desperate to get Jakub Voracek going that he's moving the winger to Sean Couturier's line with Oskar Lindblom.

After Vigneault put Voracek, Kevin Hayes and James van Riemsdyk together at the start of Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Panthers, the trio has been split up, per NBC Sports Philadelphia's Taryn Hatcher. Hayes will center Joel Farabee and Tyler Pitlick, while van Riemsdyk heads to the fourth line with Michael Raffl and Andy Andreoff.

Will all of this work? At this point, the Flyers have to give it a shot. During the team's four-game losing streak, Claude Giroux, Voracek, Hayes and van Riemsdyk have combined for one goal and two assists.

"I expect more from James, I expect more from Kevin, I expect more from Jake as far as 5-on-5 play," Vigneault said Monday. "You’d ask those guys, they’d tell you the same thing. They need to be better for our team to get into the playoffs and we’re aware of that."

• The Flyers are scoring 2.18 goals per game on the road, fourth fewest in the NHL, while the power play is 4 for 37 (10.8 percent) away from home.

• The Hurricanes are scoring four goals per game at home, tied for the second most in the NHL. Carolina has won four straight contests, a stretch in which it has scored 5.25 goals per game.

• Outside of Ivan Provorov (three points), Flyers defensemen have scored three points during the Flyers' four-game skid.

• Just how valuable have Travis Konecny and Lindblom been to the Flyers this season?

The team is 0-3-3 when Konecny goes scoreless and 2-5-1 when Lindblom goes scoreless.

The two have gone scoreless in the same game only twice this season.

Projected lineup

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Morgan Frost-Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Joel Farabee-Kevin Hayes-Tyler Pitlick
James van Riemsdyk-Michael Raffl-Andy Andreoff

Defensemen

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

Goalies

Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

 

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Thanks to Carter Hart, Flyers are able to deliver when it matters most for big win

Thanks to Carter Hart, Flyers are able to deliver when it matters most for big win

BOX SCORE

Give credit to the Flyers.

And give a ton of credit to Carter Hart.

The Flyers were the better team Tuesday night for only one period but made it count in the third to beat the Hurricanes, 4-1, at the Wells Fargo Center.

Sean Couturier, Travis Konecny, Joel Farabee and Claude Giroux scored goals for the Flyers (7-5-2). The team's 16 points are its most through the first 14 games of a season since 2014-15, when the Flyers started an identical 7-5-2. They ended up missing the playoffs and Craig Berube was fired as head coach in April.

The Hurricanes (9-5-1) have been a dominant third-period team but the Flyers got the better of them in the final 20 minutes. 

• Hart has regained his footing. He has 56 saves on 60 shots over his past two games, both victories.

Hart was the Flyers' best player in the first period as he made 14 saves to keep his team afloat. That was huge.

• The Hurricanes outplayed the Flyers through the first two periods. They constantly had the Flyers playing in their own end and Carolina eventually broke through 6:17 into the second period when Lucas Wallmark finished off a nice play.

The Flyers, who want to set up camp in the offensive zone, were frequently one and done, noticeably more than we've seen this season. The Flyers' play through 40 minutes looked like a bad omen for the third period, especially against a team that came in allowing the NHL's fewest goals during the final stanza with six. The Flyers put up three on the Hurricanes in the third.

Head coach Alain Vigneault won't be thrilled with this performance but he'll take the two points and the way his team closed.

• Konecny has points in all but three of the Flyers' first 14 games. The consistency is great to see from the 22-year-old and more than a point-per-game player is the result so far.

• Farabee played with pace and was opportunistic offensively. He didn't have the best start but he got better and better. He was rewarded in the third period and now has two goals over his last three games.

• Playing through a shoulder strain, Couturier is on a four-game point streak with two goals and four assists. He made life easier on his coach by taking only one faceoff.

• Matt Niskanen, again, was really good. He got the puck through on both of the Flyers' goals and there's a feeling that the right play is going to be made whenever it's on his stick (see story).

• The Flyers' power play continued humming with another goal.

The man advantage is 13 for 54 in 14 games.

Through the Flyers' first 33 games last season, the power play was 12 for 99, worst in the NHL at 12.1 percent.

They have two units right now and everyone is seeing the difference.

• The Flyers practice at noon Wednesday in Voorhees, New Jersey, before hosting the Canadiens Thursday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

The team then faces a challenging back-to-back set on the road against the Maple Leafs Saturday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP) and Bruins Sunday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP). Toronto is a top-10 goal-scoring club, while Boston entered Tuesday's action 11-1-2.

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Flyers vs. Hurricanes: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers vs. Hurricanes: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

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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