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Get your game notes: Flyers at ‘Canes

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

MATCHUP/STOYRLINES

• Philly gathering points, making a playoff push: The Flyers have won 2 straight games, with those wins coming against teams currently in the playoff picture (3-2 SO win vs. NSH on Saturday and a 3-2 win vs. WSH on Sunday).

• While not known for having a successful penalty kill this season (76.5% – 28th in NHL), the Flyers PK was 5-for-5 vs. WSH. PHI has not allowed a PP goal in the last 3 games (10-for-10 on PK). On the flip side, PHI went 2-for-4 on the PP vs. WSH. The Flyers are 3rd in the NHL on the PP (23.6%).

• After PHI’s loss to NYI on Jan. 19, the Flyers were 11 points behind the 2nd Wild Card spot with 35 games remaining. Now, having gone 8-1-4 since, the Flyers have trimmed that deficit to 4 points.

• The Hurricanes are last in the Metro, second to last in the East, and look to be sellers as the March 2 trade deadline looms. It has long been rumored that 28-year-old defenseman Andrej Sekera (45 hits, 98 blocked shots) is on the trading block, and center Jordan Staal’s (3G-11A in 22 GP) name has recently been brought up in trade rumors with PIT. However on Monday, Chip Alexander of the News & Observer tweeted that CAR GM Ron Francis said: “We are not moving Jordan Staal.”

• Staal has a full no-trade clause in his contract, which is in the 2nd year of a 10-year/$60M deal.

• With 2 assists vs. WSH on Sunday, Jakub Voracek set a new career high in points with 63 (19G-44A in 60 GP). His previous career high was 62 points (23G-39A in 82 GP), which he set last season. It was his first multi-point game since Jan. 19 @ NYI (also 2 assists). He now has 3 points (1G-2A) in his last 3 games.

• Voracek ranks 3rd in the NHL, 1 point behind Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) and Patrick Kane (CHI).

• PHI has never had a player lead the NHL in scoring by himself in the 46+ seasons of the franchise (in lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Eric Lindros shared for the NHL lead in pts w/ Jaromir Jagr, but he did not share the Art Ross Trophy title, as Lindros lost the goals scored tiebreaker to Jagr).

• Claude Giroux snapped an 11-game goal drought and 4-game point drought with 2 pts (1G-1A) vs. WSH.

• Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Giroux has the most points in the NHL (284 in 266 GP)

• He has 21 points (6G-15A) in 21 career games vs. CAR.

• Wayne Simmonds is catching fire after a 14-game stretch in which he had just 1 goal and 3 assists from late December leading into the All-Star Break.

• Since the All-Star Break ended, Simmonds has 14 points (8G-6A) in 12 games including an active 8-game point streak (6G-4A), the longest of his career.

• Leads PHI with 24 goals (13 on PP; 3rd in NHL); 3rd time he’s reached 20+ goals in 7 NHL seasons.

GOALIE MATCHUP

• Steve Mason hurt his knee on Feb. 8 vs. WSH, and had arthroscopic surgery on Feb. 10

• Ray Emery started the next 5 games going 1-1-3 with a 2.53 GAA. On Monday, PHI announced that he suffered an undisclosed lower-body injury in practice, and is listed as day-to-day. He did not make the trip to Raleigh with the team.

• With the injury to Emery, PHI recalled goalie Anthony Stolarz from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL).

• This season he is 7-11-3 in 25 games played with a 3.17 GAA and .908 SV%.

• Robb Zepp has started the last 2 games for PHI, posting a 1.92 GAA and a .911 SV%.

• This season he is 5-1-0, with a 2.63 GAA and a .894 SV%.

• With his next start, Cam Ward will become the fifth active NHL goalie to play 500 games.

• This season he is 15-19-4 with a 2.39 GAA (career best), and a .913 SV%.

• Anton Khudobin has lost his last 3 starts (all in regulation) and is winless in his last 5 starts overall (0-3-1 record, 4.55 GAA, .829 SV%).

• This season he is 6-11-3 with a 2.73 GAA, and a .901 SV%.

Video: Will Toronto deal Phil Kessel or Dion Phaneuf?

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With Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli already dealt, hockey insider Darren Dreger joins the NBCSN crew to discuss the likelihood of the Toronto Maple Leafs dealing Dion Phaneuf or Phil Kessel prior to the trade deadline.

Dreger also discusses what defensemen are available and what the New Jersey Devils plan to do with 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr.

Rutherford wants to add a goal-scorer, in case Crosby and Malkin ‘get shut down’

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Penguins GM Jim Rutherford would like to add a bottom-six goal-scorer to Pittsburgh’s forward group.

“If it’s a guy who’s capable of scoring a goal or a big goal, I would like to get that guy because if [Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin] get shut down, we need to be able to win games with our third and fourth lines,” Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review this morning.

“That’s what teams try to do to us. They try to shut those guys down. If they shut those guys down, and you don’t have enough balance on your third and fourth line where you can score periodically, then you can’t win.”

(See: the 2013 Eastern Conference Final versus Boston.)

The challenge for Rutherford is to find “that guy,” and to find him for a reasonable price.

Some have suggested the Penguins go out and get Jaromir Jagr. But according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, that’s “highly, highly unlikely.”

Chris Stewart is another candidate, we suppose. (Is he a good candidate? That’s debatable.)

Maybe Antoine Vermette? He’s not likely to come cheap though.

Suffice to say, the pickings are rather slim.

Remember also the salary-cap uncertainty that may end up defining the 2015 trade deadline, with GMs hesitant to add players with term on their contracts, and Rutherford has his work cut out.

Video: Should teams be interested in Jagr?

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In light of Jaromir Jagr’s recent remarks about his future in New Jersey — you know, when he openly asked “what’s the reason to keep me?” — Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick discussed if teams should be interested in acquiring the 43-year-old at this year’s trade deadline:

It’s no secret that Jagr would like to join a Cup contender, preferably one in the Eastern Conference, and he does have some experience in this area. He joined the Bruins at the ’13 deadline and helped them advance to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.

NHL on NBCSN: Someone will break their slump as Devils face Sabres

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign as New Jersey Devils host the Buffalo Sabres at the Prudential Center at 7:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The New Jersey Devils’ playoff chances are slim right now. To elaborate, Sports Club Stats gives them a .2 chance of making it.

If the Devils want to make a big push, that will need to really kick off starting on Tuesday, and not just because they’re hosting the cellar-dwelling Buffalo Sabres.

After losing four games in a row – all in regulation – the Devils begin a six-game homestand tonight. Not only that, they also play nine of their next 10 games in Newark.

Here’s what their schedule looks like:

Tonight: vs. Buffalo
Friday: vs. Vancouver
Saturday: vs. Carolina
Feb. 23: vs. Arizona
Feb. 25: vs. Calgary
Feb. 27: vs. Boston
Feb. 28: at Columbus
March 3: vs. Nashville
March 6: vs. Columbus
March 8: vs. Philadelphia

Seems like a nice chance to at least make things interesting, right?

After a somewhat decent start to February, the Sabres look as vulnerable as ever.

Buffalo has dropped three straight games in regulation, all at home. About the best thing one can say about them is that their goaltending has kept them in games and at least helped Buffalo avoid getting embarrassed.

With Jhonas Enroth shipped out of town, the net largely goes to Michal Neuvirth, who has been playing fairly well recently. He’s likely to have competition at the other end, as Cory Schneider remains one of the bright spots for New Jersey.

There isn’t a ton of firepower, but considering the looming trade deadline, there may not be that many more opportunities to see Jaromir Jagr in a Devils jersey.

Fans of contending teams might want a glimpse at Jagr as he stands to be a desirable trade target, too.