Flyers-Hurricanes: 5 things you need to know

Flyers-Hurricanes: 5 things you need to know
April 13, 2014, 8:00 am
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Updated: 9:45 a.m.

The Flyers (42-30-9) and the Hurricanes (35-35-11) cap off the regular season Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.

Puck drop is set for 3 p.m. and will be televised on Comcast SportsNet.

Here are five things you need to know:

1. Turn up the Heeter
Ray Emery was expected to start the final game of the season after replacing Steve Mason to start the third period in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Penguins. But it's recent callup Cal Heeter who will be between the pipes on Sunday.

Mason left Saturday's game with an upper-body injury suffered in the second period. The Flyers expect him to be ready for their first-round playoff series with the Rangers (see story).

Heeter, who will be making his first career NHL start, appeared in 44 games for the AHL Adirondack Phantoms this season. He compiled a 16-25-2 record with a .912 save percentage, 2.65 goals-against average and four shutouts.

2. More rest?
With third place in the Metropolitan Division already clinched, the final game of the season does not carry much weight.

A win over the Hurricanes would help send the Flyers into Madison Square Garden riding a two-game win streak, but they haven't won at MSG since 2011.

So giving 39-year-old Kimmo Timonen another day of rest might be in the Flyers' best interests. Timonen had Saturday off in Pittsburgh.

Erik Gustafsson and Hal Gill played against the Penguins, with Gill replacing Nicklas Grossmann.

Since coming back from the Olympic break, Timonen looks energized and has been playing his best hockey of the season. Another day off won't hurt, as the Flyers embark on what should be a physical series with the Rangers.

3. Going for sweep
It's been another disappointing season for the Hurricanes, who will miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season.

With that said, a win Sunday over the Flyers would give the Canes their first season sweep of the orange and black since 1991-92 when they were the Hartford Whalers. An interesting note, former Flyers defenseman and head coach John Stevens was on the Whalers' roster in 91-92.

The Hurricanes have won all three games thus far by a one-goal margin, so it's safe to assume Sunday's game could be another one-goal tilt.

Carolina probably wished it faced the Flyers more often this year.

4. Stat-egic 
The Flyers do not have a 30-goal scorer, but they are the only team in the NHL with seven 20-goal scorers. Claude Giroux leads the team with 28.

Ten players on the Flyers' roster have 10 goals and if Michael Raffl scores Sunday that number will reach 11.

Despite missing 11 games this year, Jeff Skinner has 31 goals, which is tied for his career high. Eric Staal leads the Canes with 59 points, which is his lowest point total in a full-scheduled season since his rookie year.

5. This and that

• The Flyers recalled goalie Cal Heeter and Jason Akeson Saturday night. 

• In their last four games, the orange and black are 3-1-0. That is after going 1-4-2 in their previous seven games.

• The Hurricanes are 18th in the NHL giving up 2.73 goals per game; the Flyers are 19th, allowing 2.74 a night.

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