The Penguins continue along their five-game homestand with their second-straight game against the Philadelphia Flyers at PPG Paints Arena. Pittsburgh has points in 10 of its last 14 games against Philadelphia (8-4-2). The Penguins have points in four-straight home games against the Flyers (3-0-1) and are 8-2-1 over their last 11 home games versus them. The Penguins are scheduled to play 12 home games during the month of March. It is the most home games played in a calendar month in franchise history, and second-most in NHL history.
Jake Guentzel has 13 points (4G-9A) in 14 career regular season games against the Flyers. If you include postseason games, Guentzel has 26 points (10G-16A) in 20 games.
Evgeni Malkin has 74 career points (28G-46A) in 61 career games against the Flyers. Only teammate Sidney Crosby (107PTS in 72GP) has more points versus Philadelphia among all active players.
Last season, the Penguins went 18-6-4 (.714 points percentage) when Sidney Crosby was sidelined due to injury. This year without Crosby, Pittsburgh is 1-0-0.
The Penguins' power play was solid on Tuesday night against Philadelphia, going 1-for-3 thanks to Kasperi Kapanen's second goal of the game. The goal improves Pittsburgh's power-play success rate at home to 27.3%, a figure that ranks 12th in the NHL.
Kasperi Kapanen was a career-best (tied) plus-3 on Tuesday night, improving his plus/minus on the year to plus-10. His plus-10 is tied for fifth in the NHL among forwards.
PENGUINS ACTIVATE SIDNEY CROSBY FROM COVID PROTOCOL RELATED ABSENCE LIST
The Pittsburgh Penguins have activated Sidney Crosby from the COVID Protocol Related Absence list and recalled forwards Anthony Angello and Josh Currie rom the taxi squad, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall.
Assistant coach Todd Reirden has passed the COVID Protocol, and is cleared to return to his regular duties tonight at PPG Paints Arena.
Pittsburgh's penalty killing unit has been solid at home, successfully killing off 86.7% of opposing power-play opportunities (26-for-30), a figure that is tied for seventh-best in the NHL. Only the Colorado Avalanche (2), New York Islanders (2) and Boston Bruins (3) have allowed fewer power-play goals against at home this season than Pittsburgh's four. The Penguins penalty killing units have successfully killed off 15 of their last 16 opposing power-play opportunities (93.8%) dating back to Feb. 14 against Washington.