The Pittsburgh Penguins continue their hectic schedule Sunday at 12:30 p.m. when the Philadelphia Flyers visit Mellon Arena.
NBC will televise the contest at 12:30 p.m., while 105.9 The X will start its radio broadcast with a pregame show at 7 p.m. The broadcast may be found live through streaming audio on pittsburghpenguins.com as well. Tune in for Penguins Hotline following every game on 105.9 The X and the Penguins Radio Network. Join in the conversation with host Bob Grove by calling the Penn Telecom toll-free line at 1-866-922-2874.
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The Penguins (34-21-9) have beaten the Flyers (17-37-10) seven times this season – the first time in team history the Penguins have beaten an opponent seven times in one season. Previously, the only teams Pittsburgh had swept in a season series of six or more games were Boston (6-0-0, 1993-94), Ottawa (6-0-0, 1995-96) and Carolina (6-0-0, 1997-98). Also prior to this season, Penguins had never beaten the Flyers more than five times in one campaign, the most recent coming in 1992-93. A victory Saturday would give the Penguins as many wins over the Flyers this season as they managed over the previous six seasons combined.
Sidney Crosby, who has 30 points (14+16) in 15 career games against the Flyers, owns a 10-point lead in the NHL scoring race with 98 points (27+71) in 61 games. Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis is second with 88 points (39+49) in 66 games.
Evgeni Malkin leads all rookies in scoring with 69 points (29+40) in 60 games. Colorado’s Paul Stastny is second with 60 points (22+38) in 65 games. Penguins winger Jordan Staal is sixth in rookie scoring with 34 points (26+8). He leads all NHL players with a 26.8 shooting percentage and six short-handed goals, which ties an NHL record for rookies.
Sergei Gonchar is fourth in scoring among NHL defensemen with 52 points (11+41). He is six points behind Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom, who leads the list with 58 points (11+47).
The Penguins return to action Tuesday at Ottawa.