The Carolina Hurricanes are going for their third straight win as they travel to the Wells Fargo Center to play the Philadelphia Flyers in the fourth game of the team's current six-game road trip. The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-1 victory this past Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs and most recently a 3-2 overtime victory Thursday against the Ottawa Senators; Cam Ward stopped a season-high 45 shots against the Senators and captain Eric Staal currently has a seven-game point streak coming into this afternoon's game (he has seven goals and four assists during his scoring streak).
The Hurricanes were able to come back to tie the score twice in their 3-2 overtime win against the Senators; forward Chad LaRose scored his first goal of the year on a second-period breakaway to knot the score 1-1, and forward Alexander Semin tied the score 2-2 midway through the third on a powerplay goal that sent the game into overtime. Defender Jay Harrison netted the winner in overtime after putting a Jordan Staal rebound chance over the glove of Senators' starting goaltender Craig Anderson to secure the win.
The Philadelphia Flyers are coming off a shootout loss Thursday night against the Florida Panthers and will look to have the same success at home agains the Hurricanes as they did last time the teams met in Philadelphia last Saturday. Forward Matt Read leads the team in scoring with four goals and four assists (eight total points) and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is 4-5-1 with a 2.20 goals against average and .923 save percentage.
The Carolina Hurricanes will need to play well on special teams, both the powerplay and the penalty kill, for the team to be successful and claim their third-straight win today. The team will also look for captain Eric Staal to continue his elevated level of play and continue making plays with linemate Alexander Semin whom he seems to have found chemistry with. Hurricanes' starting goaltender Cam Ward will need to play strong like he has in the past two games, where he's played aggressively on-top of the crease and only allowed three goals on 89 shots faced. Finally, the team will look for the continued offensive support from the blue-line to help secure a win this afternoon (a defender has scored in six straight games for the Hurricanes).Tags: Cam Ward, Carolina, Carolina Hurricanes, Chad LaRose, Eric Staal, Hockey, NHL, ottawa senators, Philadelphia Flyers