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Hurricanes Travel To Philadelphia, Look To Start Win Streak

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Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers

Three goals in the last 10 minutes of Sunday’s contest against Columbus propelled the Hurricanes to victory and provided them with the chance to begin a winning streak on Tuesday.

Carolina will travel to Philadelphia for the second time, as they take on the Flyers in the third of four matchups this season.

The Hurricanes earned a 3-2 win on Oct. 30 and the Flyers returned the favor in the first of five straight homes games for Carolina, securing a 3-1 win on Nov. 15.

Now, less than two weeks later, the two teams will battle for second place in the Metro Division.

Through 20 games, the Hurricanes sit at 12-8-0 overall with 24 points and Philadelphia remains one point behind at 11-9-1 overall.

On Saturday, the Flyers recorded a 1-0 victory over the Islanders in a shootout, which ended a then-two game losing streak.

Travis Sanheim, who will reportedly remain on the right side following the return of Rasmus Ristolainen, ranks first on the roster in points with 16, while forwards Joel Farabee and Travis Konecny are close behind with 15.

Konecny paces the roster with 11 goals and nine Flyers have amassed double digit points through the first quarter of the season.

The aforementioned Ristolainen made his season debut on Saturday against New York, tallying just under 18 minutes of ice time.

With Samuel Ersson earning the win in net in the shutout win on Saturday, it is expected that the Hurricanes will face-off against Carter Hart for the third time this season.

In 10 career games against the Hurricanes, Hart is 4-5-1 with a .915 save percentage.

Hart has saved 61 of the 64 shot attempts across two games against the Hurricanes this season however, including in their 3-1 win two weeks ago. For the season, the 25-year old sits at 6-5-0 and allows 2.53 goals per game with a .911 save percentage.

If the trend continues for Carolina, Antti Raanta will be back in net following the worst performance of his career in an 8-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday. Raanta holds a 6-3 record in 11 games this season, surrendering 3.47 goals per game with a .854 save percentage.

Despite the rough start to the season, Raanta is a career 6-1-2 against Philadelphia with a four-game winning streak against the Metro Division foe.

For the last three games, the Hurricanes have deployed the same lineup, including a third line defensive pairing of Dmitry Orlov and Jalen Chatfield.

Sebastian Aho has seen his play improve over the last 10 games, recording 11 points, including the assist on Andrei Svechnikov’s game-winning goal on Sunday.

The fourth line of Michael Bunting, Stefan Noesen, and Jack Drury impressed on the homestand, as the trio have combined for four goals and four assists over the last five contests.

A win for Carolina would start another winning streak and increase their second-place standing in the Metro Division.

Puck drop is set for 7:30pm EST at Wells Fargo Center.

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