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Flyers hope to end road trip in victory over former rivals, tie season series

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The Philadelphia Flyers hope to end their road trip with a win against their former rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. This comes after dropping a close 1-0 game to the Carolina Hurricanes, who rank 2nd in the league in points, and 10th in goals for. Perhaps a close battle like the one they faced two nights ago could be a good prep against a team that ranges closer to the middle of the pack.

The Penguins rank 18th on the power play and 17th on the penalty kill, and when the Flyers rank 32nd on the powerplay and 27th on the penalty kill, just about every other team’s special teams units will be a real threat to your club. Despite not being bad on the power play, the Penguins did go scoreless against the Islanders, going 0-3, and that may have ultimately cost them the game in a 1-goal defeat.

The Flyers are really going to want to stay out of the box as that seemed to have cost them in the end against Carolina, who went 1-4 on the powerplay in a 1-0 defeat. That’s too many to give to any team, but when your penalty kill ranks 27th, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are going to have themselves a day. It’s best to avoid that.

PHI Record: 24-30-11, 59 pts, 8th in Metropolitan

PIT Record: 32-22-10, 74 pts, 2nd in Metropolitan

Last Game PHI: 3/9/23, 1-0 L @ Carolina

Last Game PIT: 3/9/23, 4-3 OTL vs. NY Islanders

When: 3:30pm ET

Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA

PHI Goalie: Carter Hart (17-20-10, .907 SV%, 2.94 GAA, 1 SO)

PIT Goalie: Tristan Jarry (19-7-6, .912 SV%, 2.89 GAA, 1 SO)

PHI Projected Lineup

#86 Joel Farabee – #48 Morgan Frost – #74 Owen Tippett

#21 Scott Laughton – #49 Noah Cates – #52 Tyson Foerster

#25 James van Riemsdyk – #73 Elliot Desnoyers – #13 Kevin Hayes

#44 Nicolas Deslauriers – #58 Tanner Laczynski – #20 Kieffer Bellows

#9 Ivan Provorov – #45 Cam York

#6 Travis Sanheim – #55 Rasmus Ristolainen

#24 Nick Seeler – #61 Justin Braun

#79 Carter Hart

#32 Felix Sandström

PIT Projected Lineup

#59 Jake Guentzel – #87 Sidney Crosby – #67 Rickard Rakell

#16 Jason Zucker – #71 Evgeni Malkin -#17 Bryan Rust

#43 Danton Heinen – #64 Mikael Granlund – #77 Jeff Carter

#19 Alex Nylander – #10 Drew O’Connor – #15 Josh Archibald

#29 Marcus Pettersson – #58 Kris Letang

#8 Brian Dumoulin – #26 Jeff Petry

#7 Dmitry Kulikov – #44 Jan Rutta

#35 Tristan Jarry

#1 Casey DeSmith

PHI Injuries: Wade Allison (undisclosed), Brendan Lemieux (undisclosed), Sean Couturier (back), Travis Konecny (upper body), Ryan Ellis (hip), Cam Atkinson (neck)

Scratches: None

Suspended: Tony DeAngelo

PIT Injuries: Nick Bonino (kidney), Ryan Poehling (upper-body).

Scratches: Chad Ruhwedel, Pierre-Olivier Joseph

News and Notes:

  • Today’s game against the Penguins is the second of their season series. The Penguins beat the turkey out of Philadelphia on November 25th in a 4-1 final at Wells Fargo Center. Their last match will be on April 2nd 6:00PM ET at PPG Paints Arena.
  • The Flyers hold an all-time record of 160-100-30 against the Pittsburgh Penguins
  • The Flyers open a 7-game homestand after today’s matinee.

Broadcast Info: TV – ABC, Radio – 97.5 The Fanatic

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