The Flyers and Penguins are ready to take it outside. Lincoln Financial Field serves as the backdrop as the Flyers look to keep any playoff hopes remaining alive in their final game before the all-important trade deadline.

The Flyers suffered losses in back-to-back games for the first time since early January earlier this week, most recently with a 5-1 defeat to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. The Penguins weren't treated too kindly on Thursday either, getting hit with a 4-0 loss to San Jose.

Game time is at 8 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPPittsburgh PenguinsGPGAP
Claude Giroux61174461Sidney Crosby58254873
Sean Couturier59243256Evgeni Malkin55184462
Jake Voracek61153550Phil Kessel61214162
Travis Konecny61181937Jake Guentzel61282755
James van Riemsdyk45151429Kris Letang59153752
Player to Watch
28 Claude Giroux71 Evgeni Malkin
Last 5 Games: 1 G, 1 A, 2 P, -3Last 5 Games: 4 G, 3 A, 7 P, -2
It's not often that Claude Giroux goes on dry spells like this. He's been held without a point in the last four games. Given the atmosphere and the milestone of reaching 800 games played as a Flyers -- on the third in franchise history to do that -- this could be a game where he steps up and makes a big impact. He also practiced back on the wing on Friday, so the switch could get his offense going again.
On any other night, it would always be Sidney Crosby to watch for the Penguins, but since Feb. 11, Evgeni Malkin has been a bigger target of fans' ire. Malkin took a swing at Michael Raffl with his stick late in the Penguins win in Philadelphia that night, and got a one-game suspension for it. Since the suspension, he has scored four goals and added two assists in four games.
Goalie Matchup
37 Brian Elliott30 Matt Murray
16 GP, 6-7-0, 2.51 GAA, .916 SV%30 GP, 18-10-1, 2.94 GAA, .913 SV%

It's been a long road back for Brian Elliott, who gets a chance here with Carter Hart out with injury. Elliott entered for Hart in relief in each of the last two games, making 22 saves on 23 shots against Tampa Bay on Tuesday and 29 saves on 31 shots against Montreal on Thursday. It will be his first start since Nov. 15.

No surprises here, Matt Murray gets the start for the Penguins on Saturday. Murray was stellar in his game against the Flyers on Feb. 11, making 50 saves on 51 shots. He followed that up with 38 saves on 39 shots against Edmonton two days later. Since then, Murray has looked a little more human. He stopped 19 of 24 shots in a loss to Calgary last Saturday and made 33 saves on 36 shots in a win over New Jersey on Tuesday.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Carter Hart, Michal Neuvirth

Scratches: Radko Gudas

Left WingCenterRight Wing
28 Claude Giroux19 Nolan Patrick11 Travis Konecny
23 Oskar Lindblom14 Sean Couturier93 Jake Voracek
12 Michael Raffl21 Scott Laughton17 Wayne Simmonds
25 James van Riemsdyk44 Phil Varone27 Justin Bailey
9 Ivan Provorov6 Travis Sanheim
53 Shayne Gostisbehere61 Phil Myers
8 Robert Hagg47 Andrew MacDonald
37 Brian Elliott

Lineup Notes

Outside of the goalie, the rest of the lineup remains the same, though the lines have been adjusted.

Penguins Projected Lineup

Injuries: Olli Maatta

Scratches: Teddy Blueger, Garrett Wilson, Juuso Riikola

Left WingCenterRight Wing
59 Jake Guentzel87 Sidney Crosby 17 Bryan Rust
46 Zach Aston-Reese 71 Evgeni Malkin81 Phil Kessel
19 Jared McCann27 Nick Bjugstad 72 Patric Hornqvist
14 Tanner Pearson7 Matt Cullen 12 Dominik Simon
8 Brian Dumoulin58 Kris Letang
73 Jack Johnson4 Justin Schultz
28 Marcus Pettersson2 Chad Ruhwedel
30 Matt Murray

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (23rd, 16th at home), Penguins (6th, 2nd on road)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (28th, 23rd at home), Penguins (T-12th, 1st on road) 
  • Recent History vs. Penguins
    • Dec. 1, 2018 - Flyers 4, Penguins 2 (at PIT)
    • Feb. 11, 2019 - Penguins 4, Flyers 1 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Penguins
    • Claude Giroux -46 GP, 15 G, 32 A, 47 P
    • Jake Voracek - 38 GP, 20 G, 18 A, 38 P
    • Shayne Gostisbehere - 14 GP, 3 G, 10 A, 13 P
    • Wayne Simmonds - 34 GP, 13 G, 11 A, 24 P
    • Brian Elliott - 13 GP, 7-3-2, 2.87 GAA, .918 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Claude Giroux is playing in his 800th NHL game tonight.
    • Sean Couturier needs two assists to reach 200 for his career.

Where to Watch
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic/97.3 ESPN

Kevin Durso is Flyers insider for 97.3 ESPN and Flyers editor for Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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