It took 60 minutes of aggressive, physical, emotional play for the Canes to outlast the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.
And tonight, against veteran Jaromir Jagr and the Philadelphia Flyers?
"Same kind of game," Canes coach Paul Maurice said today. "I think Philadelphia has (had) a bit of a change in their game over the years and are more speed-based now than in-your-face than they used to be, but it will be a physical game. They've got too much size to stop it. You're going to have to give the body."
Maurice said there would be no lineup changes from the 5-3 win over the Pens that ended a four-game losing streak. Forward Anthony Stewart again will be the healthy scratch.
In today's skate, Eric Staal remaining on the wing on Brandon Sutter's line with Chad LaRose. There were no line changes from the Pens game, although Maurice said he might slip Staal back to center at times tonight -- with Zach Boychuk and Jiri Tlusty.
"With Staal on the wing and the way the shifts go, you may see Staal dropping down to center with Boychuk and Tlusty," Maurice said.
Against the Pens, Zac Dalpe centered the fourth line with Boychuk and Tlusty. Boychuk, who played 15 minutes on Staal's line Friday against the New York Rangers, had just 3:59 in ice time against the Pens.
"I've liked what he's done here this year," Maurice said of Boychuk. "I liked the ways he plays and I like the way he competes. He just has to continue to do that and continue to play like that and eventually he will get more ice time in a role that's a bit more offensive, where he can be that player."
The Flyers blistered the Canes 5-1 on Oct. 29 and have dominated the series in recent years, going 16-1-3 against Carolina in the last 20 games. The Canes' lone regulation victory: Feb. 18, on Rod Brind'Amour Night when No. 17 was retired.
"We've got enough guys here who weren't around for most of those, with the turnover," Maurice said. "We won our last home game against them, I believe, so hopefully they remember that."
Goaltender Brian Boucher started for the Canes in the Oct. 29 game in Philadelphia. Cam Ward, coming off the 37-save game against the Pens, will start tonight.
The game will be the 100th for forward Jeff Skinner, a milestone, although it's probably more impressive that he played all 82 games last year as an 18-year-old rookie. Defenseman Joni Pitkanen, who is one game shy of 500 career games, continues to be day-to-day with a lower-body injury and did not skate today.
"We need to play with emotion and play physical and with a little more intensity, I think," Canes defenseman Bryan Allen said.