WILD CARD TRACKER
1. NYR: 96 pts, 7 games remaining
2. BOS: 84 pts, 7 games remaining
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3. NYI: 82 pts, 8 games remaining
4. TBL: 81 pts, 8 games remaining
5. CAR: 79 pts, 9 games remaining
6. FLA: 77 pts, 8 games remaining
7. PHI: 76 pts, 8 games remaining
1. SUNDAY FUN DAY
Both teams are playing their third game in a four-day span, but the Flyers are playing the second of games on back-to-back days to which they own an 8-5-2 mark in that scenario… This is the second straight Sunday the Flyers are playing and own an impressive 7-1-2 record on Sundays with seven of the 10 games decided by one goal, including five past regulation… The Pens come in having lost their last two games, both by way of a shootout, but have earned at least a point in five straight (3-0-2) and points in 11 of their last 12 games overall with a 8-1-3 record.
2. PAINTING A GOOD PICTURE
The Penguins have the best home winning percentage in the NHL at .838 and have the second-most wins at home with a 29-4-4 record at PPG Paints Arena - their last regulation loss at home came on Feb. 19 vs. Detroit… This is the first game in the Pens arena this season with the first meeting at Pittsburgh taking place at Heinz field for the Stadium Series game… The Flyers have had success at PPG Paints (formerly CONSOL) since it opened in 2010, going 10-4-0.
3. SERIES WRAP
This is the final meeting of the season between the two clubs as the Flyers hope to draw even and make it two straight wins… The last meeting saw the Flyers take a 4-0 win in Philly with the line of Dale Weise (1g-1a), Sean Couturier (1g-1a) and Brayden Schenn (2a) combining for six points… Schenn leads all players in the season series with four points (all assists)… The Flyers have outscored the Pens in the series, 10-9, as well as outshot Pittsburgh by a 108 to 79 margin.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: Rookie defenseman, Ivan Provorov, has played 17 games this season of 24 or more minutes, including his career-high of 27:17 set just 11 days ago in the last meeting vs. Penguins.
THAT: Penguins forward Evgeny Malkin is expected to miss tonight's game, his sixth straight, with an upper-body injury.
THE OTHER: The Flyers and Penguins are among the Top 10 in the NHL in both hits and blocks, with the Flyers ranked seventh in hits (1,844) and Penguins eighth (1,837), while the Penguins are fifth in blocks (1,181) and the Flyers are sixth (1,176).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (LW: #93 - Jakub Voracek)
Voracek always plays well against the Penguins, recording three goals in three games in this year's season series, while also owning the most goals and assists against the Pens than any other team in his career, averaging over a point per-game with 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points in 31 games against the Pens.
PENGUINS (C: #87 - Sidney Crosby)
Crosby leads all NHL players in goals with 42 on the year and ranks second in overall scoring with 82 points… After going seven straight games without a goal from Feb. 28-Mar. 11, Crosby has scored eight goals in his last seven games… Against the Flyers, he has three goals in three games as well as 84 points (36g-48a) in 58 career games.
TODAY AT 50
On March 26, 1975… The defending Stanley Cup champion Flyers had little trouble dispatching the host California Golden Seals by a 6-2 count in Oakland. Bernie Parent stopped 26 of 28 shots to earn the win in goal… With the victory, Parent earned his 40th win of the 1974-75 season. He became just the second goaltender in NHL history to record back-to-back 40-win seasons, joining the late Terry Sawchuk.
Season Series: 1-2-0
All-Time Record: 280gp (152-90-30-8)
PHI: 56pts, Voracek (18g-38a)
PIT: 82pts, Crosby (42g-40a)
(PHI: 49-for-254, 19.3%, T-14th)
(PIT: 54-for-243, 22.2%, 4th)
(PHI: 177-of-222, 79.7%, 22nd)
(PIT: 192-for-239, 82.8%, T-18th)