Flyers-Penguins: 2019 Stadium Series Preview
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.
|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|
|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|
|9 Ivan Provorov||6 Travis Sanheim|
|53 Shayne Gostisbehere||61 Phil Myers|
|8 Robert Hagg||47 Andrew MacDonald|
|37 Brian Elliott|
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|
|8 Brian Dumoulin||58 Kris Letang|
|73 Jack Johnson||4 Justin Schultz|
|28 Marcus Pettersson||2 Chad Ruhwedel|
|30 Matt Murray|
- 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 SportsTalkPhilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.