Philadelphia Flyers (27-17-6, 60pts)
Pittsburgh Penguins (31-14-5, 67pts)
at PPG Paints Arena | Pittsburgh, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 1-1-0
All-Time Record: 291gp (157-94-30-10)
PHI - Travis Konecny (17g-26a) & Sean Couturier (13g-30a): 43-pts
PIT - Evgeny Malkin: 50-pts (15g-35a)
1. 65 DAYS TO GO
The Flyers return to action and play their final 32 games in an 65-day span to end the regular season... They don't have more than two days off between games from now until the end of the season... In that span, they have an even split of home & road games (16 each), 23 of the 32 are against the Eastern Conference, to which the Flyers have a .724 win percentage and is the best in the NHL, including 14 against Metropolitan Division opponents with a .750 win percentage which is the second-best in the NHL and best in the Eastern Conference.
2. TEN DAYS LATER
The Flyers and Pens resume their home-and-home series following the Bye/All-Star break... The Flyers held serve at home, earning a 3-0 shutout win on Jan. 21 at the Wells Fargo Center, which gave them their second straight win and fifth victory in the last seven games heading into the break (5-2-0)... The Pens haven't lost back-to-back games, in any fashion, in a two-month span (since Nov. 29-30), going 17-5-1 since that date, which ranks 3rd among all NHL teams... This is the third of four meetings and final meeting in Pittsburgh with the season series wrapping up on Mar. 29 in Philly... The Flyers have won three of their last four meetings with the Pens, including five of the last seven.
3. FOR THE RECORD...
The Flyers own a 2-1-0 record in games coming out of the bye week break, including wins the last two seasons, while the Pens also own a 2-1-0 record coming out of the bye, winning the first two seasons and losing last year... The Pens are nearly perfect at home against the Metro, posting a 4-0-1 record, while the Flyers have gone 3-2-1 against the Metro on the road, but 3-0-1 in their last four... The Flyers will wear their third jersey in tonight's game for the first and only time on the road this year - they own a 4-2-2 record wearing the thirds, which includes winning four of their last five games.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: So far the season series has seen 11 different players record goals with no player recording more than one goal through the two games... THAT: Among active NHL players, Kris Letang has the highest plus-minus rating against the Flyers with a plus-28 rating in 47 games ... THE OTHER: Brian Elliott has won his last three starts posting a 1.31 GAA and .954 save percentage, while Matt Murray has won his last five starts dating back to Dec. 28 with a 2.55 GAA and .925 save percentage in that span.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier has points in two straight, four of his last five and 8 of 10 games in January for 13 points (3g-10) which leads the team for the month... He has a nine-game point streak at PPG Paints Arena, recording 12 points (4g-8a) in that span (from Oct. 22, 2014) and has the most points in that arena (15, 4g-11a) than any other opposing building in the NHL.
PENGUINS (C: #71 - Evgeni Malkin)
Malkin has points in six of his last eight games, one of which includes the shutout loss to the Flyers last game before the break, and has 11 points (4g-7a)... Against the Flyers, he has averaged a point per-game or better in every season playing at PPG Paints Arena, recording 25 points (9g-16a) in 18 games so far this season... Malkin ranks second (only to teammate Crosby) among active NHLers in scoring against the Flyers with 70 points (27g-43a) in 57 games.