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5 THINGS: Penguins vs. Flyers

Flyers host the Penguins tonight at the WFC.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 1-3-0 (2015-16)

All-Time Record: 277 gp (151-88-30-8)

Leading Scorers: PHI: 9 pts, Giroux (9a) | PIT: 8pts, Malkin (3g-5a) 

Power Play: (PHI: 9-for-34, 26.5%, 5th) (PIT: 8-for-32, 25.0%, 7th)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 22-of-29, 73.1%, 22nd) (PIT: 28-of-35, 80.0%, 16th)

 

1. THE 50 YEAR RIVALRY

This is the first of four meetings against the Penguins and 278th all-time meeting between the two teams who are both celebrating their 50th anniversary this season… The Flyers have the most wins against the Penguins (151) than any other team in their history, including 96 wins on home ice to go along with a winning percentage of .739 against the Pens… After tonight, the next meeting will be the Stadium Series game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Feb. 25.

 

2. THE PECO…

The Flyers are ranked in the Top 5 on the power play at 26.5 percent… They have recorded five of their last seven goals on the man advantage and have scored at least a goal on the power play in five of their last six games… Nearly 50 percent of their goals on home ice have come on the man advantage (7 of 15).

 

3. THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

Tonight is just the third road game for the Penguins, who kick off a nine-day, four-game road trip… The Pens are winless away from Pittsburgh this season, going 0-2-0 and have been outscored, 9-1 in those two games… Five of the Pens eight games so far this season have been decided by one goal - they are unbeaten in regulation in those contests (4-0-1).

 

4. US, THEM, US vs. THEM

US: The Flyers are tied for the NHL lead for goals in the second period (15 - Minnesota), while also being tied for last in the NHL for goals in the first period (1 - Vancouver) 

THEM: With an injury to Matt Murray, who led the Penguins to last year's Stanley Cup run, Marc-Andre Fleury has played every game and 464 out of 484 minutes so far this season for the Penguins, going 5-2-1 with a 2.97 GAA and .910 sv pct.

US vs. THEM: The Penguins took three of the four meetings last season, going 3-1-0, with the Flyers winning the last game of the season to snap Pittsburgh's eight-game road win streak over the Flyers… Wayne Simmonds had three goals against the Pens last year, while Marc-Andre Fleury went 2-0-0, stopping 45 of 49 shots.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (C: #28 - Claude Giroux)

Giroux looks to extend his NHL leading assist and point streak to eight straight games, which would be one shy of his career high of nine games… He had four points (1g-3a) in four games of the season series and led all players with 17 shots… He averages a point per-game in his career against the Pens with 36 points in 36 games.

PENGUINS (C: #87 - Sidney Crosby)

Crosby returned to the Pens lineup on Tuesday after missing the first six games with a concussion… In two games, he has two goals and three points… Dating back to last season, Crosby has had at least one point in 22 of his last 23 regular-season contests… In his career against the Flyers, he has 33 goals and 81 points in 55 games.

 

TODAY AT 50

On October 29, 1981, Mel Bridgman compiled the first and only hat trick of his Flyers' career in a 6-4 win at the Spectrum against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The game featured a line brawl at 11:17 of the first period immediately after Bridgman scored his first goal of the game. He later added one tally apiece in the second and third periods. Ken Linseman collected four assists in the game, while goaltender Rick St. Croix stopped 17 of 21 shots to earn the win in goal. 

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