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#53 Carolina Hurricanes vs.
#54 Philadelphia Flyers
Friday, November 26, 2021 at 3:35pm EST
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Written by Chris King

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A pair of teams from the Metropolitan Division take the ice in search of a victory in the City of Brotherly Love. The Carolina Hurricanes are on the road as they travel to face the Philadelphia Flyers Friday afternoon. Carolina was upended 2-1 on the road by Seattle in their most recent game Wednesday night. Philadelphia was beaten 2-1 in overtime by Florida on the road in their most recent contest Wednesday night. The Flyers own a 5-4-1 advantage in the last 10 meetings between the teams, including a 2-1 road victory in the first matchup between the teams this season back on November 12.

Carolina Hurricanes Trying to Get Back on Track

Carolina suffered their second straight loss as they were on the short end of an actual low-scoring game involving the expansion Kraken on the road Wednesday. The Hurricanes enter this game tied with Washington for the lead in the Metropolitan Division standings. Carolina stands 10th in goals per game as they put up 3.22 goals per contest on the year. The Hurricanes are 2nd in goals against by allowing an average of two goals per night. Carolina stands 9th in power play success as they cash in on 21.7% of their chances with the man advantage on the year. The Hurricanes are 4th in the league in penalty killing as they have successfully navigated 87.3% of their shorthanded situations on the year.

Against Seattle, Carolina’s offense wasn’t there for a second consecutive game as they mustered but a single goal, which ended up proving costly late. The Hurricanes held a 9-7 advantage in shots on goal in the opening period and took a 1-0 lead to the dressing room after 20 minutes of play. Brendan Smith opened the scoring with his second of the year at 18:32 off an assist from Tony DeAngelo. The second period saw Carolina outshoot Seattle 16-9 but they were outscored 1-0 to leave the game even after 40 minutes of action. In the third period, the Hurricanes held an 11-6 shot advantage and gave up the decisive goal with 3:08 remaining in regulation to take the loss. Frederik Andersen made 20 saves for Carolina, who held a 36-22 edge in shots on goal, in the loss. He’s expected to get the start in goal again here.

Philadelphia Flyers Hoping to Right the Ship at Home

Philadelphia lost their fourth straight game as they were beaten on the road in overtime by Florida in the second game of a back-to-back swing through the Sunshine State. The Flyers enter this game tied for sixth in the Metropolitan Division, nine points behind the Hurricanes and Capitals for the division lead. They stood two points behind the Penguins for the second wild card spot. Philadelphia comes into this game 26th in the league in scoring offense as they put up 2.44 goals per game. The Flyers are 9th in the league in goals against as they give up 2.67 goals per contest. Philadelphia is 26th in power play success as they successfully convert on 14.5% of their opportunities with the man advantage. The Flyers are 13th in penalty killing as they have managed to navigate through 82.8% of their shorthanded situations on the year.

Against the Panthers, the Flyers were unable to get much going offensively and that ended up costing them a victory, though they did manage to procure a point in the standings. In the opening period, the Flyers were outshot 16-14 but they took a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard to the dressing room after 20 minutes of play. Joel Farabee opened the scoring with his fifth of the year at 7:33 off assists from Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny. In the second period, the Flyers were outshot 10-9 with neither side scoring, leaving it a 1-0 game at the second intermission. The third period saw Philadelphia outshot 12-10 and outscored 1-0 to send the game to overtime even at one. During the extra session, the Flyers were outshot 7-1 and gave up the winning goal to take the loss. Martin Jones made 43 saves for Philadelphia, who was outshot 45-33, in the loss. Carter Hart is expected to get the start in goal for this contest.

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The Flyers are logging their third game in four nights here after losing in Tampa Tuesday and then in Sunrise Wednesday against the Panthers. Carolina struggled offensively in their last two games, mustering just a single goal in each contest, with the San Jose game going to overtime. The Hurricanes are a dangerous offensive team and they are very good at shutting down opposing teams. After all, Carolina wasn’t blown out in those two losses as they both came by 2-1 scores. Philadelphia has hit the skids with four straight losses and it’s hard to have faith in a slumping team. Look for the Flyers to come up with the win here.

Prediction: Carolina Hurricanes -156

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Carolina has seen the under post an 11-6-1 mark in their 18 games this season heading into Friday’s contest. The Hurricanes have seen an average total of 5.22 goals per game overall this season though that number has slipped down to 5.18 per contest as the visiting team. Philadelphia has seen the under hit in 11 of their 18 games this season entering Tuesday night’s game with the Lightning. The Flyers have seen an average of 5.11 goals per game this season. That number climbs to an average of 5.78 goals per game when they are the home team this year. The under has hit in three of the last four meetings between these teams. With both sides struggling to score of late, this one falls short of the mark.

Prediction: Under 6

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Chris King has been immersed in the world of professional and collegiate sports for more than three decades. Whether it's playing pickup games or being involved in organized sports to being a fan, he's checked all the boxes. From the NFL to arena football, the NHL to the KHL, the NBA to the WNBA to college hoops, and even MLB to the KBO.  If it's out there, he's covered it and bet on it as well, as Chris has been an expert bettor in his career.  Before joining Winners and Whiners back in 2015, his work appeared around the internet and in print. He's written books for Ruckus Books about college basketball, the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, golf, and the World Cup. If you're looking for the inside track on hitting a winner, do yourself a favor and read what Chris has to say.