Philadelphia Flyers (11-5-3, 25pts)
Pittsburgh Penguins (12-8-1, 25pts)
at PPG Paints Arena | Pittsburgh, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
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Season Series: 2-1-0
All-Time Record: 295gp (159-95-30-11)
PHI - 26 pts: James van Riemsdyk (10g-16a)
PIT - 18 pts: Sidney Crosby & Jake Guentzel (7g-11a)
The Flyers play the second of their three-game set tonight after suffering a 5-2 loss on Tuesday, which was their first regulation loss to the Pens since Oct. 29, 2019... The Flyers are 4-3-0 in games after a loss, but a perfect 4-0-0 in games after a regulation loss... All three games of the season series have been decided by three goals, while two of the three game has seen the team that has scored the first goal ultimately lose the game.
In the first game of this current series, the Flyers fired a season high 42 shots on goal with 16 of 18 skaters recording at least one shot led by Sean Couturier (7)... The two teams combined for 63 hits in the game (PHI: 33 | PIT: 30)... It's the second-most hits the Flyers have had in a game this year and first since Jan. 19 vs. BUF (37)... The Flyers won the battle of face-offs last game, winning 62.1% compared to the Pens' 37.9%.
3. GOALS ARE THE GOAL
The Pens have allowed the first goal in each of their last four games, while the Flyers have scored the first goal in each of their last four games... The Flyers are T-4th in the NHL in goals per-game at 3.32, while the Pens are fifth in the league for the most goals allowed per-game at 3.19... The Pens are a much different team at home, going 8-1-0, and ranking fourth in the NHL with an average of 3.67 goals per-game, compared to 2.42 on the road... The Flyers rank sixth in the league in goals on the road, averaging 3.44 per-game.
4. THE PLAYERS HAVE
Sean Couturier has a seven-game point streak, which is a new career high - he's posted 10 points (5g-5a) in this stretch and he's recorded points in each game this year except the game in which he was injured after one shift... Pens captain Sidney Crosby is unlikely to return due to COVID protocol - the Pens went 18-6-4 last season without Crosby in the lineup... Bryan Rust had a goal and assist last game and has five points in his last four meetings with the Flyers.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (LW: #86 - Joel Farabee)
In just 19 games Farabee's 10 goals have already surpassed his goal total from his rookie season (8) in 52 games... He has back-to-back multi-point games and has points in six of his last seven games, recording 10 points (4g-6a) in that stretch... He now has six points in three games against the Pens this season.
PENGUINS (D: #58 - Kris Letang)
Letang has points in five of his last six games with eight points (4g-4a)... He recorded an assist on Tuesday and leads all active defensemen in the NHL in assists against the Flyers (30)... He also leads all active players in the NHL with the best plus-minus against the Flyers at +37 in his career.