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 Flyers GP G A P Pittsburgh Penguins GP G A P
Claude Giroux 61 17 44 61 Sidney Crosby 58 25 48 73
Sean Couturier 59 24 32 56 Evgeni Malkin 55 18 44 62
Jake Voracek 61 15 35 50 Phil Kessel 61 21 41 62
Travis Konecny 61 18 19 37 Jake Guentzel 61 28 27 55
James van Riemsdyk 45 15 14 29 Kris Letang 59 15 37 52
Player to Watch
28 Claude Giroux 71 Evgeni Malkin
Last 5 Games: 1 G, 1 A, 2 P, -3 Last 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 Elliott 30 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 Wing Center Right Wing
28 Claude Giroux 19 Nolan Patrick 11 Travis Konecny
23 Oskar Lindblom 14 Sean Couturier 93 Jake Voracek
12 Michael Raffl 21 Scott Laughton 17 Wayne Simmonds
25 James van Riemsdyk 44 Phil Varone 27 Justin Bailey
Defense
9 Ivan Provorov 6 Travis Sanheim
53 Shayne Gostisbehere 61 Phil Myers
8 Robert Hagg 47 Andrew MacDonald
Goalie
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 Wing Center Right Wing
59 Jake Guentzel 87 Sidney Crosby  17 Bryan Rust
46 Zach Aston-Reese  71 Evgeni Malkin 81 Phil Kessel
19 Jared McCann 27 Nick Bjugstad  72 Patric Hornqvist
14 Tanner Pearson 7 Matt Cullen  12 Dominik Simon
Defense
8 Brian Dumoulin 58 Kris Letang
73 Jack Johnson 4 Justin Schultz
28 Marcus Pettersson 2 Chad Ruhwedel
Goalie
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
TV: NBC
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic/97.3 ESPN

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