PHILADELPHIA -- After a solid road win over Detroit, Canes coach Kirk Muller is hoping for more of the same Sunday against the Flyers in the season finale.
"Against Detroit we went in and played a hard road game the right way," Muller said of the 2-1 victory at Joe Louis Arena. "Everyone competed and we had a nice win.
"We want to do the same here. Have a lot of pride in wearing the jersey and just go out and play hard."
Muller said Anton Khudobin would be the starter in net for the final game. Cam Ward looked sharp in stopping 28 of 29 shots against the Red Wings, but Muller wanted to give Khudobin one more game -- his last start came in the 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday in the Canes’ last home game.
The Flyers (42-30-9) locked down third place in the Metropolitan Division on Saturday by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime. It's hard to say how much incentive they will have Sunday with the playoffs set to begin this week and Philadelphia to face the New York Rangers.
The Canes with a victory would finish 36-35-11, with two straight wins to close the season. A small consolation, no doubt, but a little something to feel good about as a fifth straight season ends without postseason play.
The Canes reassigned forward Zach Boychuk to the Charlotte Checkers (AHL) on Saturday, and Muller said Andrei Loktionov would replace Boychuk on Eric Staal's line with Jiri Tlusty. Radek Dvorak, who missed the Red Wings game with a lower-body injury, will return to the lineup, Muller said.
Alex Semin did not make the road trip bcause of an upper-body injury, and Muller said Semin could soon have surgery for what’s believed to be a wrist injury.
"He's had it all year, so it would be good to get that cleaned up and all done," Muller said.
Defenseman Andrej Sekera, who recently underwent abdominal surgery, is traveling with the team.