After starting their current eight game road trip with three straight wins, the Philadelphia Flyers (14-17-7) have lost three of the last four in regulation. They will look to end the road trip with a win as they battle the New Jersey Devils (13-20-7) in Newark tonight. Game time is 7:00.
The story of Friday night's game was Claude Giroux. His injury in the third period seemed to put an end to the Flyers season as he was helped off the ice with what appeared to be a serious injury.
The Flyers went on to finish the game without the captain, suffering a fourth straight loss as the lowly Carolina Hurricanes claimed a 2-1 win. The game seemingly felt like a win when Giroux came out after the game and was reported to be fine and likely to play on Saturday in New Jersey.
"I know I got lucky," Giroux said. "It was pretty scary. I tried to put pressure on it and it felt weird. I kind of panicked a little bit. I didn't help the cause by panicking. My first reaction was [Erik] Karlsson and what happened to him."
Still, the issue remains that the Flyers started off on this road trip like gangbusters only to slip back into bad habits that cost them points. They got six points in the first three games. They have just one in the four games since.
The Carolina Hurricanes don't score more than one goal very often -- having done so just once in their past five games entering tonight -- but were able to do so on Friday, in their 2-1 win over the Flyers.
Not only did the Flyers lose Friday's game, they lost captain Claude Giroux as well. Giroux left midway through the third period, after tangling up with Justin Faulk in the Flyers' offensive zone. He was helped off on the ice on one leg, and escorted through the Hurricanes' tunnel -- a testament to the necessity of treatment.