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Game Preview: Pens-Flyers

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens wrap up their 5-game road trip in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Flyers

TIME: 7:30 p.m. EST

PLACE: Wells Fargo Center

TV: NBC Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

The Pens finish off a 5-game road trip tonight in Philadelphia. Pittsburgh is 3-0-1 currently on the trip, which has covered a total of 4,763 miles (per distancecalculator.net) and all 4 time zones … The Pens are 2-0 against Philadelphia this season, and have won 5 of the past 6 meetings … Sidney Crosby (1.19) and Evgeni Malkin (1.18) rank Nos. 1 and 2 in the NHL in points per game this season. They also ranked t-3rd and 5th in scoring with 74 and 72 points, and t-1st and t-3rd in goals with 35 and 33 respectively … Crosby is 1 assist shy of career number 640, which would tie him with Jaromir Jagr for 2nd place in franchise history … The Pens' trio of Crosby (1G-3A), Jake Guentzel (1G-3A) and Conor Sheary (2G-2A) have combined for 12 points in the past 2 games … Ian Cole has 163 blocked shots this season, 1 shy of the club record for a single season set by Rob Scuderi (2008-09). Cole and Phil Kessel are the only Pens to appear in every game this season … Pittsburgh injuries: Matt Cullen (lower-body), Trevor Daley (knee), Carl Hagelin (lower-body), Patric Hornqvist (concussion), Kris Letang (upper-body), Olli Maatta (hand), Bryan Rust (upper-body), Mark Streit (lower-body) … The Flyers have lost 3 straight games … In the past 6 games Philadelphia's power play is just 2-for-26 (7.7%) while their penalty kill has allowed 17 shorthanded goals (58.8%) … The Flyers have scored just 68 goals in their last 36 games (1.7 per game), tying Colorado for the least over that timeframe … Biggest producers against the Pens are Jacob Voracek (33 points in 29 games) and Claude Giroux (38 in 38) … Wayne Simmonds leads the Flyers with 28 goals … Philadelphia injuries: Michael Raffl.

MORNING SKATE REPOT:

*Due to the snow storms in Philadelphia the Pens couldn't fly there on Tuesday from Calgary (as was originally planned). Instead, the Pens flew back to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The team boarded an early 9 a.m. flight for Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

*The Pens had all of their healthy players at the morning skate, as well as Matt Cullen (lower-body), Patric Hornqvist (concussion) and Mark Streit (lower-body). Cullen and Streit will be game-time decisions. 

*The Pens used the following workflow...

Guentzel-Crosby-Sheary

Kunitz-Malkin-Kessel

Wilson-Bonino-Rowney

Kuhnackl-Cullen-Sundqvist

Cole-Schultz (reunited)

Dumoulin-Hainsey

Streit-Ruhwedel

*Murray was the 1st goalie off the ice. He will start tonight for the Pens. 

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