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Flyers aim to end Penguins' winning streak

by Joey Olszewski

FLYERS (13-16-1) at PENGUINS (24-8-0)


Last 10: Philadelphia 4-6-0; Pittsburgh 10-0-0

Season series: This is the fourth and final meeting. The Penguins have taken two of the past three from the Flyers.

Big story: Pittsburgh will be attempting to extend its win streak to 12 against cross-state rival Philadelphia. Not only do the Flyers hope to spoil the Pens’ streak, but desperately need the win as the aim to remain in the race to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Team Scope:

Flyers: Well rested, the Flyers are looking for revenge after the Penguins came back from a three-goal deficit to beat them 5-4 on March 7. Philadelphia has not played since Monday’s 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette let it be known that he wasn’t happy about the break.

“Obviously, you would rather be playing games and trying to make a difference in the standings, but there’s nothing we can do about that,” Laviolette said.

In any other season, a five-day break at this point in the season would be welcome. However, the Flyers seem anxious to get back to action and attempt to right their ship.

Also of note, the Flyers have history on their side, ending the Pens’ 11-game streak last March and their 12-game streak back in 2010-11.

Penguins: Pittsburgh is fresh off of another come-from-behind win, as it earned a 4-2 victory against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Friday. The Islanders recorded the first 12 shots of the game, but the Pens stayed the course and grabbed their first lead of the night early in the third period on a goal from Brandon Sutter.

“We’re just finding ways to win right now,” Sutter said. “I think we want to keep playing the way we are. We don’t really want to change much. Obviously, we think we can still get better at certain things. I think if we keep that mindset, hopefully we can keep doing well.”

Who’s hot: Flyers forward Max Talbot has three goals in his past five games. … Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will most likely get the nod to start Sunday’s game, when he will look to extend his six-game win streak.

Injury report: The Flyers will be without forwards Tye McGinn (orbital bone) and Jody Shelley (hip). … Pittsburgh could get a boost with the return of stars Evgeni Malkin (upper body) and Kris Letang (lower body). Both participated in Friday’s morning skate on Long Island, but neither played. They will be game-time decisions Sunday.

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