The Carolina Hurricanes have the Philadelphia Flyers‘ number this season after escaping with a 3-2 win at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. Carolina has won all three games between the two clubs this season. Coming into tonight’s game, the Flyers had won eight of the previous nine regular season matchups against Carolina in Philadelphia.
The loss will keep the Flyers in third place in the wild Metropolitan Division, just one point behind the New York Rangers, while the Hurricanes will move to within five points of the final automatic divisional playoff spot.
Philadelphia’s struggles offensively started from the opening faceoff and it just seemed like they could not sustain pressure in the Carolina zone, which has not been normal as of late. In their 19 games since Dec. 15, the Flyers have scored two goals or less just three times while averaging 31.5 shots per game. Carolina held the Flyers’ offense in check, allowing only 24 shots, only 14 taken by forwards.
If there was a bit of good news for Flyers fans tonight, it was seeing Jakub Voracek in the lineup after suffering an injury to his hand on Monday against the New York Islanders. He logged the most ice time for a Flyers forward at just over 21 minutes and added an assist on the Claude Giroux goal.
The loss also puts a damper on the great run of form that Philadelphia has had at home recently, bringing their home record since Nov. 9 down to 11-2-1. It also snaps the Flyers’ streak of four consecutive games with at least a point earned.
The timing for this loss was not ideal for the Flyers, as they getting ready to start their toughest stretch of games to date starting out with the hot Columbus Blue Jackets, who are currently on a seven-game winning streak, on Thursday in Columbus.
After that, the Flyers will see the best team in the NHL (the Anaheim Ducks), the two teams with the lowest amount of goals allowed (Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins), as well as the always tough Detroit Red Wings.
Philadelphia will have one more opportunity to notch a win over Carolina this season when the two meet for the final time on April 13 at the Wells Fargo Center.