Red hot Canes a huge test for the boys; Flyers @ Hurricanes Preview
This is going to be a really fun game. You have the red-hot Canes, who are 4-1-0 in their last 5 games. A huge test for the Flyers, who are 2-2-1 in their last 5, recently suffering an uninspiring 3-0 loss to the Leafs at home on Wednesday.
The Hurricanes have scored a total of 16 goals in their last 5, so their high-powered offense, led by Aho & Svechnikov, is going to be a big test for Hart and the Flyers defense. Despite being 2-2-1 in their last 5, the Flyers defense has only allowed 11 goals, so I’m interested to see who can break through.
Carter Hart gets the nod again. Love AV going right back to him after he was the only reason the Flyers (yet again) stayed in that game as far as they did against Toronto. Hart currently holds a 3-3-2 record with a 2.49 GAA and a .924 SV%. Excited to see him up against a lethal offense.
Joel Farabee is a player that I’m looking at closely tonight. After a really hot start to the season, scoring 6 points in his first 3 game, Farabee is scoreless in his last 8 games. It’s something that we saw a little bit during his rookie year, scoring 0 points between December 28th – January 13th, but not a lot last year when he led the team in goals (20). Really need Farabee to get back on the scoresheet, don’t care if it’s an assist, I need points.
Nicolas Aube-Kubel getting waived wasn’t really a shock. Hayes and Ellis are on the edge of returning, and NAK was the one forward you’d probably be most willing to lose on waivers. NAK has 1 point in 7 games this year, adding in untimely penalties and turnovers. I do hope he clears and can give the Phantoms much needed help.
Projected Line up @ Carolina
Giroux – Couturier – Konecny
Lindblom – Brassard – Atkinson
Farabee – Laughton – JVR
Brown – Thompson – MacEwen
Provorov – Braun
Sanheim – Ristolainen
Yandle – Seeler
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