After the Battle of the Turnpike on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Flyers will now turn to the Battle of Pennsylvania in a home and home series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Saturday’s game will be the first of four games between the two teams.
The Penguins won all three games in the season series last year, out scoring the Flyers 13-4. It started with a 4-1 win on Nov. 25 as now current Flyer Ryan Poehling scored twice. Five different Pens got on the board in a 5-1 victory on Mar. 11. And to finish off the season series sweep, Rickard Rakell scored twice in a 4-2 win on Apr. 2.
The Flyers have lost the last four games on the road to the Penguins, though they have an overall losing streak of three games. They last beat Pittsburgh on Apr. 24, 2022.
The Flyers nearly earned their first comeback win of the season in their last game against the Devils. Tyson Foerster tied the game at 3-3 with less than a minute to go in regulation, but it was Luke Hughes who had the last laugh 28 seconds into overtime. The team was also down to 10 forwards with Joel Farabee being benched and Garnet Hathaway being given a game misconduct.
Facing no supplemental discipline, Hathaway will be back in the lineup against the Penguins. And after just 56 seconds of ice time, Farabee will also expected to return to his full role. The only lineup changes will be Egor Zamula coming out with Marc Staal returning. Sam Ersson will tend the net after being a runner up for rookie of the month. Poehling will also face his former team for the first time since signing with the Flyers in the offseason.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Tyson Foerster – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny
Owen Tippett – Morgan Frost – Bobby Brink
Joel Farabee – Scott Laughton – Cam Atkinson
Nicolas Deslauriers – Ryan Poehling – Garnet Hathaway
Cam York – Travis Sanheim
Nick Seeler – Sean Walker
Marc Staal – Rasmus Ristolainen
The Penguins come in with an almost identical record as the Flyers. At 11-10-1, they currently sit in sixth place in the Metropolitan Division. The oldest team in the league based on average age, the Penguins have been inconsistent in their play this season. They’ve struggled on special teams, namely the power play, something the Flyers know all about as well.
The Penguins still run through Sidney Crosby, who doesn’t appear to be slowing down even at the age of 36. He leads the team in goals (14) and points (25). Crosby recently moved into 11th place in NHL history for career points with 1,728 in 1,392 games. He has 53 goals and 124 points in 83 career games against the Flyers. Jake Guentzel, seven goals and 25 points this season, has also been a thorn in the Flyers’ side. He has 10 goals and 26 points in 26 career games against Philadelphia.
The duo of Tristian Jarry and Alex Nedeljkovic has performed well for the Penguins. The former, who will get the start tonight, is coming off of a history making moment. He recorded the franchise’s first goalie goal in their most recent win over Tampa Bay. He has a 2.45 GAA and a .919 SV%. Nedeljkovic has only appeared in four games, but does have an impressive 2.26 GAA and a .937 SV%.
Penguins Projected Lineup
Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Bryan Rust
Reilly Smith – Evgeni Malkin – Drew O’Connor
Radim Zohorna – Lars Eller – Vinnie Hinostroza
Jansen Harkins – Joona Koppanen – Jeff Carter
Ryan Graves – Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson – Erik Karlsson
Ryan Shea – John Ludvig
Where, When, and How to Watch/Listen
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: PPG Paints Arena
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic
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