Mar 16, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Flyers won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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Recent losses from the Philadelphia Flyers have muddied their playoff picture. Saturday afternoon at the CONSOL Energy Center, the Flyers can improve their playoff seeding with a win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With a win in either regulation or in overtime, the Flyers will secure the third spot in the Metropolitan Division and will pencil in a date with the New York Rangers in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Saturday afternoon will be the fifth and final meeting of the regular season between the two rivals. The Flyers are 3-1-0 against their cr0ss-state foes and have won the last three contests. The CONSOL Energy Center has also been much kinder to the Flyers than recent buildings. Since the arena opened in 2010, the Flyers have gone 8-1-1 in the regular season.

Both teams come into Saturday afternoon’s game with unimpressive records in their last ten games. The Penguins are 5-5-0 while the Flyers are 3-5-2. The Penguins, however, are winners in their last two games, while the Flyers have lost their most recent game.

The injury-riddled Penguins will be without Evgeni Malkin, who is battling and injured foot.

As of the writing of this post, there has been no official announcement of the starting goaltenders, but expect Steve Mason to make the start for the Flyers. Mason, who can set a new career-high for wins in one season with 34, is 33-18-7 with a 2.51 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.

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