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Get your game notes: Flyers at Hurricanes

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Carolina Hurricanes hosting the Philadelphia Flyers, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— Claude Giroux has gone 19 games since scoring his most recent goal on April 15, 2013, at Montreal. Prior to his current drought, the Flyers captain had never gone more than 13 consecutive regular-season games without a goal (Mar. 11-Apr. 2, 2010). During the time Giroux has gone goalless, 521 different players league-wide have found the back of the net at least once. (Elias Sports Bureau)

— The Flyers and Hurricanes are the only teams in the NHL without a player with double-digit points. Vincent Lecavalier and Brayden Schenn lead the way for Philadelphia with seven points apiece, while Jeff Skinner (currently on injured reserve with an upper-body injury) leads Carolina with nine.

— Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has 230 career goals, but none in 2013-14 (nine games played). Only one active player who has not scored this season has more career goals: Rangers forward Rick Nash (310 career goals, three games played in 2013-14).

— One season after finishing with the NHL’s worst home-ice record (9-14-1), the Hurricanes enter tonight with a 1-3-3 record in Raleigh. Their only win came against the Flyers, in Peter Laviolette’s final game as Philadelphia’s coach. Laviolette led the ‘Canes to their only Stanley Cup championship in 2006.

— On Mar. 13, 2013, the Hurricanes led the now-defunct Southeast Division with a 15-9-1 record. In their 37 games since then, they are 8-23-6 (.297), for the NHL’s worst record during that span.

— Heading into the 2013-14 season, the Flyers goaltending tandem of Steve Mason and Ray Emery were a combined lifetime 10-0-0 vs. the Hurricanes, with a 1.32 GAA and .958 save%. The stat line changed only slightly after the Flyers lost 2-1 in Raleigh on Oct. 6, with Mason in net. Emery is 5-0-0 lifetime vs. Carolina, with a 0.74 GAA and .977 save%, while Mason is 5-1-0, with a 1.84 GAA and .941 save%.

— The Flyers lead the NHL in penalty minutes (278), and are tied for the league lead in major penalties (14, Buffalo) and misconducts (5, St. Louis). Since 2007-08, Philadelphia has finished among the top-three in penalty minutes five of six seasons. Their 7,641 penalty minutes during that span outpace the second-most penalized team (Anaheim) by 643 PIMs.

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Video: Tyler Bozak with some saucy moves on this goal

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It’s refreshing that hockey fans have, for the most part, moved on from debating Tyler Bozak‘s merits.

The general feeling is that the Toronto Maple Leafs use him in appropriate ways these days, so we can simply enough his work as a pretty spiffy hockey player.

Speaking of spiffy, check out the sweet moves he made against the Minnesota Wild for the goal above. Feels like you could dub over a Chris Berman “whoop” or two in there, right?

(If you’re into that kind of thing.)

Here’s that gaudy move in isolation and in GIF form:

WATCH LIVE: Bruins at Capitals – Wednesday Night Rivalry

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Even with two games in hand, some might be surprised to see the Washington Capitals tied with the Boston Bruins in standings points in early December.

That’s the case on Wednesday Night Rivalry, as a somewhat up-and-down Capitals team (which is glad to welcome T.J. Oshie back) hosts a Bruins squad that’s riding a three-game winning streak.

It should be an interesting matchup on NBCSN, which you can also watch online or via the NBC Sports App.

Click here for the livestream.

Rangers mostly dodge a bullet: Nash only expected to miss a week

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers moves the puck along the boards during the second period against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on December 6, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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No one wants to hear “It could be worse” when injuries are really piling up, but … uh, it could be worse for the New York Rangers.

At least, it could have been worse for Rick Nash. The team announced that he’s only expected to miss about a week after undergoing an MRI related to a groin injury.

It’s been a redemptive season for Nash, so it’s nice to see that it isn’t getting totally derailed. Granted, injuries like these can linger even if a guy returns to the lineup, so we’ll need to see if he gets back to 100 percent.

The Rangers certainly aren’t at full-strength right now. Their laundry list of injured forwards is quite daunting, even for a team with vaunted depth at that position:

(It sounds like Pavel Buchnevich is still quite a ways from returning, sadly.)

Alain Vigneault sells the biggest benefit of these issues: opportunities for other players – including Oscar Lindberg – to step up.

“I just think this is part of the NHL and it is what it is. It’s there and you deal with it,” Vigneault said . “You get a lot of players at different times that wish that they can get more ice time to prove that they can have a bigger role and that they can do more. Well, no better time than the present for us right now.”

Double whammy to Habs centers: Galchenyuk, Desharnais out 6-8 weeks

MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 08:  Alex Galchenyuk #27 of the Montreal Canadiens looks on during the warmup prior to the NHL game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre on November 8, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2.  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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Thanks to two knee injuries, the Montreal Canadiens suddenly seem pretty slim at center.

The team announced two unfortunate and strangely similar timelines for important centers: both Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais are expected to miss six-to-eight weeks with their knee issues.

It will be a challenge for Michel Therrien to make everything work, to the point where you wonder if maybe he’ll move a player from the wing to center (hey, Max Pacioretty DOES want an elevated role, if you believe the rumors about discontent).

Tomas Plekanec becomes that much more important to the Canadiens, and one might assume that Andrew Shaw may go back to the middle. LNH.com’s Arpon Basu listed some options, in case you’re more of a visual learner:

Yeah, not ideal.

The road ahead

It isn’t all bad news when you look at Montreal’s overall situation.

For one thing, they gave themselves a nice cushion, as they currently lead the Atlantic Division by five points. With four games in a row and six of seven at home, they may be able to manage these tough losses pretty well in the short-term.

The real challenges might come late in December and early in January. They play seven road games in a row – though with a break around New Year’s – and nine of 10 away from Montreal from Dec. 23 – Jan. 12.

While they’ve suffered some minor bumps in the road so far, this is their truest test of 2016-17. It should be interesting to see how they handle this.