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PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina  Attendance: 14,734

Hurricanes hope to keep momentum going at home vs. Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes

  1. The Flyers took the first meeting this season, 4-1, in Philadelphia on November 5 after the Hurricanes swept all four matchups last season. Carolina has gone 9-2-2 at home against Philadelphia since the start of the 2013-14 season, its most wins against any opponent in that span.
  2. Philadelphia lost, 5-2, to Florida on Tuesday, its fourth straight loss (0-2-2) after winning five of its previous six (5-0-1). The Flyers allowed just 26 shots on goal in the loss and are allowing just 28.9 shots on goal per game this season, fewest in the NHL. Carolina is tied for third at 29.3 shots allowed per game.
  3. Carolina won in Chicago, 4-2, on Tuesday for its fourth straight win coming off a four-game losing streak earlier this month. The Hurricanes have scored first in three of those four wins and are an NHL-best 10-1-0 (.909) when scoring first this season, compared to 3-6-1 (.350) when allowing the first goal.
  4. Morgan Frost lit the lamp for the Flyers on Tuesday in his career debut. He's the fifth Flyer since the 2004-05 lockout to score in his career debut, joining Jason Akeson (April 27, 2013), Harry Zolnierczyk (October 18, 2011), David Laliberte (October 31, 2009), and Mike Richards (October 5, 2005).
  5. Andrei Svechnikov scored a goal for the third straight game in Tuesday's win over Chicago, his 10th of the season and 30th of his career. Svechnikov reached the milestone in his 103rd career game, becoming the fastest Hurricane to score 30 career goals since Jeff Skinner did so in his 80th career game in April 2011.
  6. Jordan Staal has 39 points (21g, 18a) in 63 career games against the Flyers. His 21 goals are tied for sixth most among active skaters, while his 63 games rank third, behind Boston's Zdeno Chara (70) and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby (68).

Now the Carolina Hurricanes will see if they can translate what became a historic road trip to home ice.

The Hurricanes swept a road trip of three or more games for the first time in franchise history over the past six days, and now they're back home to take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at PNC Arena.

"We got to keep getting better," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "I think there's a whole other level for us. We'll definitely take the wins."

The contests at Buffalo, Minnesota and Chicago marked the 200th road trip of three or more games. Three of the next five games for Carolina come at home.

Just getting points in the standings wherever the games are contested is crucial in Brind'Amour's opinion.

"It's important for us because you can't gain any ground in our division because everybody wins," Brind'Amour said. "There's just no margin for error."

The Hurricanes have been good at home, with a 7-3-0 record.

The Flyers defeated Carolina 4-1 on Nov. 5 in Philadelphia, but they've struggled in a recent stretch.

Philadelphia is coming off Tuesday night's 5-2 loss at Florida, allowing the most goals in a game this month. The Flyers are winless in their past four games at 0-2-2, all against Eastern Conference competition.

"You have to stick with the process and keep doing the right things and sooner or later those pucks go in," Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said, noting his team played strong in the final period at Florida and hopes to use that as momentum. "... Sometimes you go through something like this and you come out stronger."

The Flyers also are aware there have been too many gaps in their performances.

"Some things we can clean up," Philadelphia left winger James van Riemsdyk said.

Flyers rookie center Morgan Frost scored in his NHL debut in the Florida game. He became the first Philadelphia player to score in an NHL debut in more than six years. Overall, he's the 24th Flyer to score in his first game.

"There was definitely a lot of good plays with the puck that he made for us," Vigneault said. "A young player getting his first kick in the NHL."

The Flyers have had a youthful influence on the team, with Frost becoming the fifth player to appear in his first NHL game this season.

"Come up here and do my thing," Frost, 20, said. "They're giving me an opportunity here ... so I'm really excited about that."

Carolina is getting plenty from second-year right winger Andrei Svechnikov, who is tied with Sebastian Aho for the team lead in goals with 10. He has tallied points in nine of the past 11 games.

"He's getting so confident out there to make plays," Brind'Amour said. "He wants to get better. He wants to be a superstar ... and he's heading in the right direction."

Carolina had concerns about defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who left the ice with an injury Tuesday night at Chicago. He returned later in the game, and the Hurricanes took Wednesday off.

"He's a big part of what we're doing," Brind'Amour said.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 20, 2019

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