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Philadelphia Flyers v Carolina Hurricanes

NHL on NBCSN: Flyers hope to keep surging against Hurricanes

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign as Carolina Hurricanes host the Philadelphia Flyers at PNC Arena at 7:00 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

It remains to be seen if the Philadelphia Flyers dug themselves too deep of a hole to make a true playoff run, but either way, they’ve been showing quite a bit of fight lately.

Since Jan. 20, the Flyers have managed at least one standings point in all but one contest. They bring a two-game winning streak into Tuesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes are probably at the point that they’re manufacturing reasons to care.

At least tonight provides an organic one, as Cam Ward is set to play in his 500th career game.

It provides an intriguing contrast between two teams in net. On one hand, Carolina’s suffered through highs and lows with Ward over the years. On the other, the Flyers continue to experience upheaval at the position, in this most recent case thanks to injuries.

Rob Zepp looks likely to start against Ward tonight, with Steve Mason making his way back into the mix as he recovers from a knee issue. Ray Emery had done a solid job with Mason on the mend, but now he appears to be banged up as well.

When it comes to the Flyers, much attention will likely be placed on the dynamic duo of Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, especially since they shook off some minor droughts recently. Still, Wayne Simmonds comes in on a career-high eight game point streak (six goals, four assists), so Philly’s attack should be taken seriously.

The Hurricanes find themselves in a slightly awkward position with a home-heavy stretch of games and limited incentive to soak up standings points while the Flyers try to keep hope alive. With the trade deadline approaching, this game may influence how these two teams approach the rest of the 2014-15 campaign.

Video: Del Zotto, Flyers edge Capitals

Columbus Blue Jackets v Philadelphia Flyers

Michael Del Zotto scored the game-winner with 4:13 remaining in the third as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Washington Capitals 3-2 Sunday afternoon.

Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds had the other Flyers goals. Giroux’s goal snapped a 12-game drought.

With the win Philly improves to 9-2-4 in its last 15 games and for the time being move two points back of the Boston Bruins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Jakub Voracek had two assists to set a new career-high for points (63).

Tom Wilson and Joel Ward had the goals for the Capitals who saw their four-game win streak end.

Braden Holtby, who made his league-leading 51st start, stopped 25 shots in the loss.

Rob Zepp made 21 saves to improve to 5-1-0.

Alex Ovechkin, who leads the league with 38 goals, and Nicklas Backstrom, who began the day as the league-League with 64 points, were held off the score sheet.

Flyers demote Laughton with Raffl return likely

Michael Raffl, Wayne Simmonds

Zach Bogosian’s Buffalo debut isn’t the only lineup note for Sunday’s Buffalo Sabres – Philadelphia Flyers game, as Philly’s forward group will look a little different.

The Flyers sent Scott Laughton to the AHL, making Michael Raffl’s return to the mix seem very likely, according to CSNPhilly.com.

Raffl (pictured to the left of Wayne Simmonds) has been sidelined since Jan. 20 with pneumonia, missing seven games in that span.

It sounds like this swap will mean a new look for the Flyers’ scoring lines, as Raffl, 26, is expected to be back with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek while Brayden Schenn moves back to center between R.J. Umberger and Ryan White.

Laughton remains a work in progress at the NHL level, as he only has two goals and four assists for six points in 31 games this season. At 20, he still has plenty of time to blossom, but it sounds like it’s back to the drawing board for now.