While the Philadelphia Flyers continue to take care of business against teams holding playoff spots, they couldn't handle the last-place Carolina Hurricanes over the weekend.
Seeking a third straight win, the Flyers try to avoid an eighth loss in nine matchups with the visiting Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Philadelphia (33-29-18) is enjoying its second-longest point streak of the season at 4-0-3, with the victories coming against Chicago, Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders. The Flyers blew a three-goal lead against the Islanders on Tuesday but escaped with a 5-4 victory thanks to Brayden Schenn's goal with three seconds to go in regulation.
"We are showing some pretty good character in this room," Schenn told the league's official website. "Lately there's definitely no quit no matter what the circumstances are around here ... playing for one another, playing for the fans and playing for pride. We have two more games left and trying to end the season on a positive note."
Claude Giroux scored twice, giving him seven goals and four assists in his last 11 games. The Flyers have recorded at least one power-play goal in each of their last seven, going 9 for 23.
"We finally figured out how to play," defenseman Mark Streit said. "Took 80 games."
The Flyers haven't been able to figure out the Hurricanes, winners of three straight and seven of eight in the series since the start of last season. All but one of those victories have been decided by one goal, the latest Saturday's 3-2 shootout win in Raleigh.
Cam Ward finished with 21 saves opposite Ray Emery, moving to 3-0-0 with a 1.30 goals-against average against Philadelphia in 2015.
Despite that victory, Carolina (29-40-11) has been outscored 21-11 in non-shootout goals during a 1-4-1 stretch. The Hurricanes saw their woes continue in Tuesday's 3-2 defeat to Detroit, their season-high fifth in a row on the road in regulation.
"We had a 2-1 lead going into the third. You want to close it out," captain Eric Staal said. "It was a competitive game both ways. I thought both teams played real hard. When you invest that much, it stings after the game when you lose."
Anton Khudobin made 22 saves but is 0-4-3 with a 2.92 GAA in his last seven starts. Ward has allowed four goals in each of his last three road games.
Staal had four goals and six assists in his previous eight games before coming up empty against the Red Wings. He has four goals and four assists during a seven-game point streak against the Flyers.
Philadelphia's Steve Mason is 4-0-1 with a 1.78 GAA in a five-game stretch. He's gone 11-2-4 with a 1.67 GAA in his last 18 home starts.
Mason is 6-3-1 with a 1.91 GAA against Carolina after splitting two matchups this season.
Streit is third on the team with 51 points after recording five assists in the last two games. He's the first Flyers defenseman to reach the 50 mark since Chris Pronger finished with 55 in 2009-10.
Philadelphia has averaged 4.4 goals in a 4-0-1 stretch on home ice.