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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes

Flyers begin first Metropolitan division rivalry game with Hurricanes

Sunday, 10.6.2013 / 9:28 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes
Flyers begin first Metropolitan division rivalry game with Hurricanes
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Carolina Hurricanes (0-0-1)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic



1. WELCOME TO THE METRO
The Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes are now in the same division, the Metropolitan Division, after the most recent NHL re-alignment this past summer… It’s the first time since Nov. 26, 1993 (3-0 W vs. TBL) that the Flyers are playing an opponent as a new divisional rival for the first time ever… In that 1993-94 season, the expansion Florida Panthers and the second-year Tampa Bay Lightning joined the Flyers along with four of their five former Patrick Division foes in the new Atlantic Division.

2. TONIGHT'S OPPONENT
The Flyers and Hurricanes will meet four times this season with the first two meetings coming in Raleigh… The Flyers went a perfect 3-0-0 against Carolina last season with the Flyers recording a total of 14 goals in the three meetings - 11 of which came in the first two periods… The Flyers have lost just one game in regulation at Carolina in the last seven seasons, going 11-1-1 in that span… Since the 2000-01 season, the Flyers own a 33-6-4-4 record against the Hurricanes… They have won or at least tied in the season series against the Hurricanes over the last 20 seasons, dating back to 1991-92 when they were the Hartford Whalers… Since that season, the Flyers own a 53-11-9-4 record against the Whalers/Hurricanes.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
BOTH Ray Emery and Steve Mason own perfect 5-0-0 records against the Hurricanes in their career… Emery has a 0.73 GAA and two shutouts, while Mason has a 1.80 GAA… Matt Read is a Hurricane killer - he averaged two points-per-game last season with six points (2g-4a) in three games, while over the course of his career, he has nine points (4g-5a) in seven games… The teams have played past regulation in 16 of their last 38 meetings (42.1%)… The Hurricanes ranked 2nd in the NHL preseason in penalty killing, going 26-for-28, and killed off all three penalties in their only game so far this season… Former Flyer defenseman Joni Pitkanen is out for the entire season for Carolina with a broken heel... The Flyers will be looking to avoid dropping their first three games of the season for the second straight year.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Vincent Lecavalier - (C) #40
Lecavalier has been a factor in both Flyers goals this season, recording an assist in the season opener and posting his first goal as a Flyer last night at Montreal… Lecavalier has also performed well against the Hurricanes -  He has the most points against Carolina in his career than any other team - 78 points (31-47a) in 80 games.

5. Player to watch HURRICANES: Eric Staal  - (C) #12
Staal led the Hurricanes last season against the Flyers with a pair of goals and four points in the three-game season series… Staal failed to record a point in the Canes first game - dating back to last season, only one time throughout the year he went two straight games without recording a point - it was the first two games of that season as well (Jan. 19 & 22)… Overall in his career, Staal has 12 goals and 25 points in 35 career games against the Flyers.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 75 21 53 7 74
C. Giroux 74 22 46 1 68
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 75 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 75 13 17 1 30
M. Read 73 7 22 -7 29
M. Del Zotto 57 9 19 -5 28
M. Raffl 60 19 6 6 25
V. Lecavalier 51 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 10 .926 2.25
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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