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5 THINGS: Penguins vs. Flyers

Flyers kick off 2021 season against cross-state rivals

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

Philadelphia Flyers (2019-20: 41-21-7, 89pts) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (2019-20: 40-23-6, 86pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 5:30 p.m. | TV: NBCSN | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
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QUICK STATS (2019-20)
Season Series: 1-1-1
All-Time Record: 292gp (157-94-30-11)
Leading Scorer:
PHI - Travis Konecny: 61-pts (24g-37a)
PIT - Evgeny Malkin: 74-pts (25g-49a)

GAME NOTES

1. HERE WE GO

The Flyers are Game #1 on the NHL Schedule, which sees them play 56 games in a 116-day span until May 8... They will play 10 games in the first 19 days and eight of their first 12 games on home ice... Tonight's game marks the first regular season game for the Flyers since Mar. 10, 2020, a span of 310 days... The Flyers are also looking for their fifth straight win in a season-opening game, their current four-game win streak is the longest in franchise history, but they have also dropped four straight season-opening games when played in Philadelphia.

 

2. SEEING ALOT, BUT A LITTLE FOR NOW

The Flyers will also face Pittsburgh on Friday to conclude a two-game set, but won't see the Pens again until the first two games in March, marking 20 games between the two rivals... The Flyers went 1-1-1 against Pittsburgh last season, including 1-0-0 at home, but the Pens have earned at least a point in five of their last six meetings (3-1-2)... A win tonight would mark their 100th victory at home against the Penguins with a current record of 99-34-8-4 in 145 meetings.

 

3. THE EAST IS A BEAST

With the division re-alignment this season, the Flyers division sees two teams depart (Carolina & Columbus), but two teams enter (Boston & Buffalo)... The new division has seen 11 of the last 13 Eastern Conference Champions, since 2007-08... The division also features three of the top-five active point leaders (WSH-Ovechkin, PIT-Crosby & Malkin) while also three of the top-four point leaders in the last 10 seasons, which includes Flyers captain Claude Giroux (4th), Ovechkin (3rd), Crosby (2nd) - Patrick Kane ranks 1st.

 

4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER

THIS: The Flyers have no players making their NHL debut on opening night for the first time since 2013-14 and only one player will make his Flyer debut, defenseman Erik Gustafsson... THAT: The Penguins are 24-21-7 all-time in season openers and 22-21-9 all-time in road openers... THE OTHER: Nolan Patrick will play his first game since Apr. 2, 2019 after missing all of last season with a migraine disorder, while Pens forward Jake Guentzel will play his first game since Dec. 30, 2019 after missing action with a shoulder injury.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH

FLYERS (RW: #93 - Jakub Voracek)

Voracek embarks on his 10th season with the Flyers and is coming off his sixth straight year of posting 40 or more assists... He also loves playing the Penguins - Voracek has the most goals (23) and points (43) against the Pens than any other team in his NHL career, averaging a point per-game with 43 points in 43 games.

 

PENGUINS (C: #87 - Sidney Crosby)

Against the Flyers, Crosby has recorded at least a point in nine of his last 11 meetings, seven of which are multi-point games... He had six points in three meetings last year (2g-4a) and throughout his career he has 105 points (43g-62a) in 70 career games against the Flyers - the most of any active player in the NHL and fourth-most in NHL history.

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