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Galchenyuk, Dumoulin could return for Pittsburgh; Elliott starts for Philadelphia

by Wes Crosby / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (5-4-1) at PENGUINS (7-5-0)



The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will try for a fourth win in five games when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time this season at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.

Philadelphia is 3-1-0 in its past four games following a four-game winless streak (0-3-1). It lost 5-3 to the New York Islanders on Sunday after outscoring its opponents 17-7 during a three-game winning streak from Oct. 21-26.

The Flyers were 3-1-0 against the Penguins last season with their final two wins coming in overtime (4-3 in Pittsburgh on Feb. 23 and 2-1 in Philadelphia on March 17).

Pittsburgh has lost three of its past four games (1-3-0) since a five-game winning streak. 

Forward Alex Galchenyuk and defenseman Brian Dumoulin will each be a game-time decision for the Penguins. Galchenyuk has missed nine games with a lower-body injury; Dumoulin has been out the past four with a lower-body injury.


Players to watch

Flyers forward Travis Konecny has six points (three goals, three assists) during a five-game point streak. 

Penguins forward Jake Guentzel has four points (one goal, three assists) on a three-game point streak. He has at least one point in 10 of 12 games this season.


They said it

"There are some of these [rivalries] in the League that are just fun to be a part of. Without a doubt, this is one." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault 

"Our team has had a consistent game for the last three weeks or so. That's how it has to be." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan


Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Jakub Voracek

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

Michael Raffl -- Kevin Hayes -- Joel Farabee

Tyler Pitlick -- Mikhail Vorobyov -- Chris Stewart

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Justin Braun

Robert Hagg -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Brian Elliott

Carter Hart

Scratched: Samuel Morin

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Scott Laughton (broken finger)


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Dominik Simon

Alex Galchenyuk -- Nick Bjugstad -- Patric Hornqvist

Dominik Kahun -- Jared McCann -- Bryan Rust

Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Brandon Tanev

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson -- Justin Schultz

Jack Johnson -- John Marino

Matt Murray

Tristan Jarry

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Juuso Riikola, Sam Lafferty

Injured: Evgeni Malkin (lower body)


Status report

Elliott will start for Philadelphia after making 19 saves in relief of Hart on Sunday. Hart was pulled after allowing five goals on 14 shots. ... Crosby wore a jaw guard during an optional morning skate. He took a slap shot to the face from Letang in the final seconds of the second period during the 3-0 win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday.


Stat pack

Voracek needs one goal to reach 200 in the NHL. He has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past two games. ... The Penguins are 10-4-2 in their past 16 games against the Flyers.

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