NHL Hockey

Hurricanes-Flyers Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers will attempt to snap a four-game losing streak when they host the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

The Flyers dropped their fourth in a row with a 4-0 loss Tuesday night on the road against the Nashville Predators. Following a win over the New York Rangers on Dec. 23, the Flyers lost their final four games on a five-game road trip.

Backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth kept the Flyers close but ultimately allowed four goals on 30 shots.

Interim head coach Scott Gordon is 3-4-1 since taking over for Dave Hakstol, who was relieved of his duties less than two weeks after general manager Ron Hextall was fired.

"We shot ourselves in the foot on all four goals," Gordon said. "Lapses on decisions, lapses on reads on the backcheck. There was a huge mistake made on each of those goals."

The Flyers remain below .500 at home and this game against the Hurricanes will be the first of three straight in Philadelphia. But they only have 16 points at home, so this three-game homestand is crucial if they harbor any playoff hopes.

Philadelphia has scored just two goals in its last three games.

"We've got to be better for 60 minutes," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. "It's frustrating."

It's unclear which goaltender will start against the Hurricanes - Neuvirth or rookie Carter Hart.

In Philadelphia's 3-1 loss at Carolina Monday night, Hart gave up three goals on the first 10 shots and was pulled for Neuvirth.

"I think I've always bounced back from tough games," Hart said. "You put it in the archives and learn from it."

The Hurricanes will look to capture their second consecutive win and their second victory over the Flyers this week.

Goaltender Curtis McElhinney propelled the Hurricanes to the last win over the Flyers with an impressive 22-save performance.

"The game didn't feel much different from the games we have been playing all year," Carolina head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "We have had good goaltending all year and that was the same (Monday). We just got a couple of goals."

McElhinney made 10 saves in the third period to help preserve Monday's win. If the Hurricanes are able to come up with another victory, they'll get back to .500.

"I think we're just trying to get something moving, obviously it has been tough to get goals," McElhinney said. "To put a few in there right away, and get on them in the second, it helped everybody's confidence."

The Hurricanes received a big boost from Lucas Wallmark, who snapped a 10-game skid without a goal. Wallmark has three goals this season.

"Everyone wants to score," Wallmark said. "When you don't, it's not fun. Somehow we have to keep doing all of the small things right."

The Hurricanes must improve on the power play, as they were 0 for 2 against the Flyers on Monday. Carolina hasn't scored in its last 25 attempts with the extra skater, a span of seven games.

Updated January 2, 2019

Sports Data API Powered by STATS © 2019 by STATS.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.