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5 Things: Flyers at Penguins

Tonight marks the first of four matchups with the Penguins this season

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / philadelphiaflyers.com

Philadelphia Flyers (5-4-1, 11pts)
at
Pittsburgh Penguins (7-5-0, 14pts)
at PPG Paints Arena | Pittsburgh, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. |  TV: NBCSP |  RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS
Season Series (2018-19): 3-1-0
All-Time Record: 289gp (156-93-30-10)
Leading Scorer:
PHI - Travis Konecny: 13-pts (6g-7a)
PIT - Sidney Crosby: 14pts (4g-10a)

1. OCTOBER FINALE

Tonight marks the end of the month of October for the Flyers who, including the Global Series, will have spent a full day away or traveling 20 out of the 29 days they have had games on the month... The Flyers play their third straight Metropolitan Division opponent and are looking to bounce back from a loss to the NY Islanders on Sunday... The Penguins are coming off a three-game road trip where they lost the first two, but rebounded to win the final game at Dallas (3-0)... The Pens have had an up and down season, dropping three of their first four games, winning their next five games, but dropping three of their last four... Tonight is just the second game against the Metro opponent for Pittsburgh.

2. RIVALRY RENEWED

This is the first of four meetings between the two clubs and only meeting until they play a home-and-home series in January (21 & 31)... It's also the 290th all-time meeting with the Pens... The Flyers won the season series last year, earning wins in three of the four meetings, including the final two in overtime... Since opening in 2010, the Flyers have posted a 14-3-3 regular season record in 20 games at PPG Paints Arena.  

3. MORE POWER TO YA

The Flyers have scored a power-play goal in six of their 10 games, including four games with multiple power-play goals... They failed to score on the man advantage vs. Islanders, but have not gone two games in-a-row without scoring a PPG this season... After starting the season with a power-play goal in five of their first six games, Pittsburgh has gone six straight games without scoring a goal on the power play, which marks the first time in over three seasons they have gone six or more games without a PPG - since the 2015-16 season when they went nine straight Feb. 8-27, 2016.

4. WE'RE GOING STREAKING

Travis Konecny has a five-game point streak, posting six points (3g-3a) in that stretch, while Kevin Hayes has a four-game streak in which he also has six points (3g-3a)... A pair of forwards each have three-game streaks for the Pens - Teddy Blueger has a goal and two assists, while Jake Guentzel has four points (1g-3a) in his three-game streak... The Flyers have scored the game's first goal in each of their last five outings and seven of their 10 games... The Pens have given up the game's first goal in five of their last six games.

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH

FLYERS (C: #28 - Claude Giroux)

Giroux has an eight-game point streak playing at Pittsburgh (including the 2017 Stadium Series) in which he has 11 points (2g-9a)... He has also averaged a point per-game pace or more in each of his last eight seasons against the Penguins, dating back to 2011-12, with 43 points (10g-33a) in 34 games.

PENGUINS (C: #87 - Sidney Crosby)

Crosby leads the team in scoring with 14 points (4g-10a), but has cooled off as of late, recording just two assists in his last five games... Against the Flyers, Crosby has recorded at least a point in seven of his last eight meetings, including five multi-point games... In total, he has 99 points (41g-58a) in 67 career games against the Flyers, the most of any active player in the NHL.

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