PITTSBURGH -- For the fourth time this season, the Philadelphia Flyers are dealing with a two-game losing streak. What they haven't had yet is a three-game losing streak.
To avoid experiencing their first such streak this season, they must extend their recent success against their cross-state rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Flyers won all three games in the then-new Consol Energy Center last season and have gained a point in each of their last five games against the Penguins. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who will start, is 3-0 in Consol and 3-1-1 with a .926 save percentage and a 2.17 goals-against average against Pittsburgh.
Philadelphia won the first of this season's six matchups against Pittsburgh 3-2 on Dec. 8, when Ilya Bryzgalov was in net. After losing his last four starts, Bryzgalov will be the backup. Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 16 shots during a 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
The projected lineup for the first game that former Penguins Stanley Cup champions Jaromir Jagr and Maxime Talbot will play in a Flyers uniform in Pittsburgh:
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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