Carolina (6-9-0) at Philadelphia (12-2-1)

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  • Game info: 1:00 pm EST Fri Nov 28, 2003
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Though they are unbeaten in November, the Philadelphia Flyers are looking to bounce back from possibly their worst performance of the month as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Flyers also are trying to remain the only team in the NHL without a home loss, as they are 9-0-2 at the Wachovia Center.

Philadelphia is unbeaten in 10 straight overall (8-0-2) since losing 3-2 at New Jersey on Oct. 30.

However, one of those ties came against Carolina on Nov. 18 and the other was Thursday at Pittsburgh, where the Flyers settled for a 1-1 draw against the Eastern Conference’s worst defensive team.

“It was a disappointing point for us,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “If we had been ready for the first half of the game the way we were for the second half, it would have been a much different result.”

Hitchcock’s club took over the best record in the East despite emerging with only one point against a Pittsburgh team that owns the second-fewest points in the conference. The Flyers outshot the Penguins 39-20 and have averaged 16 more shots than the opposition in their last five contests.

They had a season-high 43 shots against the Hurricanes in last week’s meeting, but gave up a two-goal lead as Carolina’s Jeff O’Neill and Nic Wallin both scored in the final 10 minutes of regulation.

Hurricanes goalie Kevin Weekes was outstanding in that game with 41 saves. Now Weekes enters the rematch coming off back-to-back shutouts, having stopped 28 shots in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over the New York Islanders after turning aside 21 in Sunday’s scoreless draw against Tampa Bay.

“Our guys have played very well the last couple of games,” Weekes said. “We were more dedicated away from the puck.”

Wednesday’s victory halted a five-game winless streak for the Hurricanes, who notched just their second win in 11 road games this season.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 26): Hurricanes - 19 points, 4th place, 28 PB, Southeast Division. Flyers - 30 points, 1st place, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Hurricanes - Josef Vasicek, 9 goals; O’Neill, 11 assists; Erik Cole, 14 points; Jesse Boulerice, 55 PIM. Flyers - Mark Recchi, 9 goals; Jeremy Roenick, 12 assists and 20 points; Todd Fedoruk, 59 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 26): Hurricanes - Power play: 11.8 percent (12 for 102), 27th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.0 percent (79 for 94), 12th. Flyers - Power play: 24.7 percent (20 for 81), 3rd. Penalty killing: 88.5 percent (85 for 96), 4th.

GOALTENDERS: Hurricanes - Weekes (6-6-5, 4 SO, 2.09 GAA); Jamie Storr (0-3-2, 0, 2.97). Flyers - Jeff Hackett (6-2-3, 3, 1.87); Robert Esche (6-1-2, 1, 1.74).

SEASON SERIES: 0-0-1

LAST MEETING: Nov. 18; 2-2. At Raleigh, N.C., Wallin scored the tying goal with 2:19 left in the third period as the Hurricanes ended the Flyers’ six-game winning streak.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Hurricanes - 2-6-3-0 on the road; Flyers - 9-0-2-0 at home.

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