Among their last 13 games of the regular season, the Flyers play the Penguins three times beginning today - the second meeting of the season… It’s also the first time the Flyers and Penguins have met in Philadelphia since Apr. 5 of last year, a span of 349 days… The Flyers dropped the first game to the Pens, who fired 45 shots on goal for a 4-3 comeback win on Jan. 21, while the Flyers scored all three of their goals on the power-play… The Flyers have won three straight on home ice over the Pens, out-scoring them 11-3 in that stretch, with their last loss coming on Oct. 17, 2013… The Flyers have the most wins (150), and home wins (95) against the Penguins than any other team in franchise history.
The Flyers come into today in the ninth position in the playoff picture at 80 points, four points back of the Penguins (with 1 game in hand), while also sitting one point behind Detroit, who plays at Florida later tonight, for Wild Card position #2 (with 2 games in hand)… The Flyers have won two straight games, have points in six straight (5-0-1) and have the best record in the NHL over the last 10 games, going 8-1-1… The Penguins come in just as hot by earning four straight wins, all of which have been against Metropolitan Division opponents, and have not lost back-to-back games in any fashion since Jan. 12-15…
Both teams have recorded two of the best records in the Conference since Jan. 1 with the Pens at 20-9-4 and the Flyers posting a 19-9-5 record.
Brayden Schenn has points in five of his last six games for six points (3g-3a) - he leads the Flyers in scoring since Jan. 1 with 33 points, and is also tied for fifth among all NHL players with 17 goals since that point… Michael Raffl has four goals and eight points in his last six games… Pens defenseman Kris Letang is tied for third among all NHL d-men in scoring with 53 points (13g-40a) in 60 games… The Flyers have scored a goal on the power-play in four of their last five games (5-for-21, 23.8%) and have allowed just one goal on the penalty kill in the month of March, killing 12–of-13 advantages… The Pens lead the NHL for the most second period goals (83) and are 4th with the fewest goals allowed in the second period, and are a perfect 31-0-0 when leading after two periods.
Giroux has points in two straight games (both assists) and has 11 assists and 13 points in his last 11 games… At home, Giroux has a three-game point streak with four points (1g-3a) and has recorded a point in six of the last seven games at the Wells Fargo Center for 10 points… He continues to lead the Flyers in overall scoring with 41 assists and 59 points in 66 games, in addition to power-play points (26)… The Flyers own a 12-1-2 record when Giroux records a multi-point game with the only regulation loss coming against the Penguins on Jan. 21… Pittsburgh is one of eight NHL teams that Giroux averages over a point-per-game (1.03) in his career with 34 points (12g-22a) in 33 games (CGY, CHI, DET, NSH, NYI, TOR & WSH).
The Penguins captain has led all NHL players since the start of the New Year in both goals (22) and overall points (45) through 33 games… Overall, he leads the Penguins and ranks sixth in the NHL with 72 points (31g-41a) in 69 games… He also comes into today’s game with a 10-game point streak, recording six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in that stretch… He also has 18 shots on goal in the last three games… Against the Flyers, Crosby had a goal and an assist in the first meeting of the year and, in 53 career games, he has 32 goals against the Flyers, which is the most of any other team he has faced, and 78 points, which are second only to his 93 points vs. NY Islanders.