|53||CAROLINA||+115||Ov 5.5,+100||+105||Ov 5.5,+105|
|54||PHILADELPHIA||-135||Un 5.5,-120||-125||Un 5.5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-2-0||+1.4||3-2||+1.4||2-3||2.8||38.2||2.8||35.8|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1||3-2||+1||2-3||2.8||34.8||2.6||36.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||9||25||4||11||9||1||2||331||7.6%||42||7||16.7%||39|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5||14||2||4||7||1||1||191||7.3%||23||6||26.1%||24|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||4||5||4||1||0||174||8.0%||22||4||18.2%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||26||13||7||6||0||1||309||8.4%||41||10||24.4%||46|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||14||9||4||1||0||0||179||7.8%||21||7||33.3%||25|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||7||4||2||0||1||184||7.1%||19||5||26.3%||23|
|DAN ELLIS (All Games)||4||4||99||93||93.9%||1||2-2||+0.2||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|DAN ELLIS (Road Games)||3||3||66||60||90.9%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|DAN ELLIS (Last 4 Games)||4||4||99||93||93.9%||1||2-2||+0.2||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|JUSTIN PETERS (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JUSTIN PETERS (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CAM WARD (All Games)||7||5||209||190||90.9%||0||3-2||+0.4||3-2-0||0||2-3|
|CAM WARD (Road Games)||4||2||113||105||92.9%||0||2-0||+2.1||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|CAM WARD (Last 4 Games)||4||3||138||130||94.2%||0||2-1||+1||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-2-0||+0.6||3-2||+0.6||1-4||2.4||28.0||2.2||26.8|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.6||2-3||-1.6||1-4||2.4||27.6||2.4||28.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||11||25||8||12||5||0||0||302||8.3%||49||9||18.4%||46|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5||12||4||7||1||0||0||140||8.6%||17||5||29.4%||23|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||4||5||3||0||0||138||8.7%||18||5||27.8%||23|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||30||12||5||12||1||3||312||9.6%||50||12||24.0%||45|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||11||5||0||5||1||2||134||8.2%||21||5||23.8%||15|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||4||2||5||1||1||142||8.5%||21||3||14.3%||16|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (All Games)||10||10||284||262||92.3%||1||4-6||-2.7||4-6-0||-2||3-7|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (Home Games)||5||5||133||124||93.2%||0||3-2||+0.6||3-2-0||+1||1-4|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||114||105||92.1%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|MICHAEL LEIGHTON (All Games)||1||1||26||21||80.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|MICHAEL LEIGHTON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MICHAEL LEIGHTON (Last 4 Games)||1||1||26||21||80.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CAROLINA 2.98, PHILADELPHIA 3.19|
|1/19/2013||at FLORIDA||1-5||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|1/22/2013||TAMPA BAY||1-4||L||0, -155||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/24/2013||BUFFALO||6-3||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/25/2013||at BUFFALO||3-1||W||0, +135||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/28/2013||BOSTON||3-5||L||0, -110||L||5.5 ev||O|
|2/1/2013||OTTAWA||1-0||W||0, -120||W||5.5 ev||U|
|2/2/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-5||L||0, +110||L||5.5 ev||O|
|2/4/2013||at TORONTO||4-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/7/2013||at OTTAWA||3-2||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/9/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|2/11/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/12/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/18/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|1/19/2013||PITTSBURGH||1-3||L||0, +105||L||6 ov||U|
|1/20/2013||at BUFFALO||2-5||L||0, +120||L||5.5 ev||O|
|1/22/2013||at NEW JERSEY||0-3||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||NY RANGERS||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||at FLORIDA||7-1||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/27/2013||at TAMPA BAY||1-5||L||0, +125||L||6 un||P|
|1/29/2013||at NY RANGERS||1-2||L||0, +145||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||at WASHINGTON||2-3||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/2/2013||CAROLINA||5-3||W||0, -130||W||5.5 ev||O|
|2/5/2013||TAMPA BAY||2-1||W||0, -125||W||6 un||U|
|2/7/2013||FLORIDA||2-3||L||0, -145||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/11/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|2/12/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|2/15/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/16/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|2/18/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/20/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
LAST SEASON: 33-33-16, 82 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 12th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Kirk Muller, 2nd season overall and with Hurricanes, 25-20-12.
ADDED: C Jordan Staal, LW Alexander Semin, RW Kevin Westgarth, D Joe Corvo, G Dan Ellis.
LOST: C Brandon Sutter, D Bryan Allen, D Derek Joslin, D Jaroslav Spacek, G Brian Boucher, RW Anthony Stewart.
PLAYER TO WATCH: C Eric Staal. The team captain and face of the franchise blossomed after Muller took over two months into last season, with 19 goals and 40 assists in the final 57 games. With his younger brother on the team and veteran Semin on his line, Staal should have enough pieces around him to carry the team to the playoffs.
OUTLOOK: The Hurricanes have made the playoffs just once since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup, but the additions of Jordan Staal and Semin should give them enough quality offensive depth to reach the postseason - even in a tough Southeast Division.
LAST SEASON:47-26-9,103 points. Lost to New Jersey Devils 4-1 in second round.
COACH: Peter Laviolette, 4th season with Flyers, 122-73-26; 11th season overall, 366-257-25-60 in NHL.
ADDED: D Luke Schenn, LW Ruslan Fedotenko, D Bruno Gervais.
LOST: RW Jaromir Jagr, G Sergei Bobrovsky, RW James van Riemsdyk, D Matt Carle, D Pavel Kubina
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov made few fans in his first season in Philadelphia with his quirky personality and erratic play. He had his moments of proving he was worth the $51 million, nine-year deal he signed, but he'll need more of them in the playoffs to win a Stanley Cup.
OUTLOOK: The Flyers have one of the best players in the game in team captain Claude Giroux, but the thin defense needs improvement and Bryzgalov has to improve if Philadelphia is going win its first Stanley Cup since 1975.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (CAROLINA-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
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*Hurricanes-Flyers Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Carolina (5-4-0) at Philadelphia (4-6-1), 1:00 p.m. EDT
Aside from a win over the Carolina Hurricanes last week, the Philadelphia Flyers have mostly had a hard time scoring goals. Another matchup with Carolina could be just what they need to get on track offensively.
The Flyers try to continue their recent domination of the series when they host the Hurricanes on Saturday.
Philadelphia's 3.2 goals per game last season were tied for second in the NHL, but it hasn't been able to replicate that success. The Flyers (4-6-1) have 25 goals this season, among the fewest in the Eastern Conference, and have scored two or fewer in nine of 11 contests.
"We continue to work at it and put pucks (on net)," coach Peter Laviolette said. "I think if you do that, control the zone, control the offensive zone and the play and attempts, I think eventually they'll start to score."
Philadelphia outshot Florida 32-24 on Thursday, including 5-0 in overtime, but fell 3-2 in a shootout as its three-game home winning streak was snapped.
"We need to find a way to show up, especially at home," said center Claude Giroux, who has just seven points after recording 93 in 2011-12. "We need those points right now and we're a desperate team at the start of the season."
The Flyers continue to play without the injured Scott Hartnell, and the status of fellow forward Wayne Simmonds is also uncertain after he missed the last three games due to concussion symptoms.
Philadelphia has to like its chances to get back in the win column with Carolina (5-4-0) coming to town. The Flyers have outscored the Hurricanes 83-47 during an 18-2-2 stretch in the series and have taken seven of the last eight home meetings.
Giroux and Danny Briere both tallied a goal and an assist and Philadelphia went 3 for 3 on the power play in a 5-3 home win over Carolina last Saturday.
The Hurricanes, though, have picked up steam since opening their season-high six-game trip against the Flyers. Three nights after beating Toronto 4-1, Carolina pulled out a 3-2 overtime victory over Ottawa on Thursday.
Alexander Semin scored the tying goal 12:26 into the third period and Jay Harrison scored in OT. Cam Ward made 45 saves and helped hold the Senators scoreless on three chances with the man advantage.
"Cam's a great goaltender and he keeps us in games," said Harrison, who added an assist. "He's a huge part of our success and we owe that to him.
"The fact we were able to get back on the horse in the third period and have a few big penalty kills, score a big power-play goal and then an overtime goal demonstrated we played a pretty solid road game."
Ward stopped 41 shots against the Maple Leafs and appears to be rounding into form after compiling a 4.51 goals-against average in his first four starts.
"He's really stepped back into his game and we're going to need him," said captain Eric Staal, who has seven goals and four assists during Carolina's 5-2-0 stretch.
Ward has gone 3-2-0 with a 1.80 GAA in six road games versus Philadelphia. He stopped 11 of 12 shots after replacing Dan Ellis early in the second period last weekend.
The Flyers' Ilya Bryzgalov made 39 saves in that game and is 3-1-1 with a 1.78 GAA at home.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 5:42:15 PM EST|