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Preview: Penguins vs. Flyers (1/13/21)

(Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

The 2021 NHL season kicks off this afternoon with the Battle of Pennsylvania.

The Flyers will be looking to start the year off on a winning note in their home building. The team hasn’t played in an NHL game within the Wells Fargo Center since March 10, 2020 (309 days).

PHI: 0-0-0 (41-21-7 in 2019-2020)

PIT: 0-0-0 (40-23-6 in 2019-2020)

When: 5:30 PM

Where: Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

PHI Goalie: Carter Hart (24-13-3, .914 SV%, 2.42 GAA)

PIT Goalie: Tristan Jarry (20-12-1, .921 SV%, 2.43 GAA)

PHI Unofficial Lineup

Lindblom – Couturier – Konecny

Giroux – Hayes – Farabee

JVR – Patrick – Voracek

Raffl – Laughton – NAK

Provorov – Braun

Sanheim – Myers

Hagg – Gustafsson

PIT Unofficial Lineup

Guentzel – Crosby – Rodriguez

Zucker – Malkin – Rust

McCann – Jankowski – Tanev

Lafferty – Blueger – Sceviour

Dumoulin – Letang

Matheson – Marino

Pettersson – Ceci

Last Game PHI: 4-0 shutout loss against the Islanders in Game 7 (Eastern Conference 2nd Round) during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Last Game PIT: 2-0 shutout loss against the Canadiens in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Qualifying Round.

Past Games

1/31/20: 4-3 PIT (OT): Matt Niskanen (2 A), Tyler Pitlick (1 G, 1 A), Scott Laughton (1 G), Jake Voracek (1 G)

1/21/20: 3-0 PHI: Jake Voracek (1 G), JVR (1 G), Justin Braun (1 ENG)

10/29/19: 7-1 PIT: Oskar Lindblom (1 G)

News and Notes

Nolan Patrick will be returning to NHL action for the first time since April 2, 2019, an astounding 643 days. A migraine disorder has severely hampered the start to Patrick’s career, but hopefully it’s all behind him.

Oskar Lindblom will play his first regular season NHL game since December 7, 2019. The team announced Lindblom was diagnosed with cancer on December 13th. He made a triumphant return in Game 6 of the playoff series with the Islanders on September 3rd.

Ivan Provorov turned 24 today, he’ll be hoping to celebrate his birthday with a win against Pittsburgh.

Tonight is the first season opener since 2013 where a Flyers player doesn’t make his NHL debut…Erik Gustafsson will debut with the team, but he signed in free agency.

One more interesting note, who can forget Boyd Gordon?:

Broadcast Info: NBC Sports Network, 97.5 The Fanatic

Injuries: Shayne Gostisbehere (unfit to play)

Next Up: Friday: Penguins @ Flyers (7:00 PM, NBC Sports Philadelphia)

Founder of Flyers Nation | Millersville University of Pennsylvania 2020

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