Flyers at Penguins, Game 59: Notes, Lineups, and How to Watch

The Flyers will go for the season series victory when they take on the Penguins.
The Flyers will go for the season series victory when they take on the Penguins. / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages

The Flyers will have to quickly shake off their loss to the Rangers as they have another afternoon game, this time against the Penguins.

This is the final game between the two rivals. The Flyers can take the season series victory over the Penguins if they come out on top. Philadelphia needed a shoout to earn the 4-3 win back on Dec. 2. The two sides battled, scoring a combined four goals in the third period. Jake Guentzel scored his second of the game with 41 seconds remaining in the game. But Sam Ersson stopped all three shooters he faced, as Sean Couturier clinched the win for Philadelphia.

Two days later, the Flyers won a tight 2-1 game on Dec. 4. Sidney Crosby opened the scoring late in the first period. Tyson Foerster tied it up midway through the second. Overtime was needed, as Couturier would give the Flyers the win with 1:05 remaining in the extra frame. The Penguins would cruise to a 4-1 victory on Jan. 8, with Evgeni Malkin registering a goal and assist. Pittsburgh scored 45 seconds into the game and never looked back.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers' hold on third place dropped to five points after their loss to the Rangers and the Devils' win over the Canadiens. New Jersey will face Tampa Bay in the opener of the TNT doubleheader, so Philadelphia will know the outcome before they step on the ice. It is up to them to take care of business. The Devils have a game in hand, but Philadelphia can make that not matter by continuing to win.

The Flyers are expected to be without Travis Konecny again, as he suffered a minor upper-body injury during practice on Friday. There does not seem to be any concern that he will miss much time. However, not having their leading goal scorer at any time is not good. It's hard to say if his presence would've mattered against the Rangers. Not having him against the Penguins will be a loss, as he has 11 goals and 24 points in 29 career games against them. Olle Lycksell has been called up to give the Flyers 12 forwards. He had two goals and two assists in an overtime win for the Phantoms on Saturday night.

With Ersson having played on Saturday, Cal Petersen should get the start in this one. He has only appeared in four games for Philadelphia, spending most of his time in the AHL. His last game was on Feb. 10, where he stopped 17 shots in a win over the Kraken.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Owen Tippett - Morgan Frost - Cam Atkinson

Joel Farabee - Sean Couturier - Tyson Foerster

Noah Cates - Ryan Poehling - Garnet Hathaway

Nic Deslauriers - Scott Laughton - Olle Lycksell

Cam York - Travis Sanheim

Nick Seeler - Sean Walker

Marc Staal - Jamie Drysdale

Cal Petersen

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins are in a bad way right now and are fighting for their playoffs lives. February has not been kind to them, as they have lost five of their eight games this month. They are coming off a convincing 4-1 victory over the Penguins, where Kris Letang scored twice. They will need a lot more of that to come if they want to climb the standings, however.

It's no surprise that Sidney Crosby continues to lead the team in all goals and points. The 36-year-old is having an impressive season and does not look like he is slowing down any time soon. He has three goals and four points in his last four games. He has torched Philadelphia in his career with 54 goals and 125 points in 86 career games. The Flyers have held him to just a single point in the three games thus far.

Jake Guentzel is also someone to look out for, as he has 12 goals and 30 points in 29 career games against the Flyers. The Penguins have a decision to make on him and it will need to come soon. If the Penguins continue to falter, Guentzel could be on his way out of Pittsburgh. He should have plenty of suitors, as he is second on the Penguins with 22 goals and 52 points.

Tristan Jarry, expected to get the start, has been in net for three of the Penguins most recent losses. He gave up just two goals in two of those, surrendering five in the other loss. His numbers in 37 games are decent. He has posted a 2.46 GAA and a .916 SV%. Those are up from what he finished with a season ago.

Penguins Projected Lineup

Rickard Rakell - Sidney Crosby - Bryan Rust

Drew O’Connor - Evgeni Malkin - Valtteri Puustinen

Reilly Smith - Lars Eller - Emil Bemstrom

Jansen Harkins - Noel Acciari - Jeff Carter

Pierre-Olivier Joseph - Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson - Erik Karlsson

Ryan Graves - Chad Ruhwedel

Tristan Jarry

When, Where, and How to Watch/Listen

Time:  3:30 PM

Where: PPG Paints Arena

Watch: TNT

Radio: 93.3 WMMR

Live Stream: FuboTV

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