It has been nearly 11 months since the last time the Flyers played host to the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was one of the more memorable games in recent Flyers history, a dramatic comeback win in front of 70,000 fans at Lincoln Financial Field in the 2019 Stadium Series.

The Penguins handled the Flyers with ease in their only meeting of the 2019-20 season so far, a 7-1 drubbing on Oct. 29. A lot has changed for both teams since then. The Flyers have maintained positioning as a team in contention in the playoff picture -- despite entering the game outside of the playoffs -- and the Penguins have surged despite injuries to star players Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel.

The next chapter in the Battle of Pennsylvania has a lot at stake for both sides. The Penguins are challenging for the division lead, just four points behind the Capitals, while the Flyers look to go into the All-Star break and bye week on a high note.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPPittsburgh PenguinsGPGAP
Sean Couturier49132942Evgeni Malkin36153550
Travis Konecny46172542Jake Guentzel39202343
Jake Voracek4992837Bryan Rust35212243
Claude Giroux49132134Kris Letang41102131
James van Riemsdyk 49131528Jared McCann47141428
Player to Watch
11 Travis Konecny87 Sidney Crosby
Last 5 Games: 3 G, 1 A, 4 P, -2Last 5 Games: 3 G, 5 A, 8 P, +1
Travis Konecny will be the lone Flyer at the All-Star Game this weekend and his recent performance has shown why. Konecny opened the scoring with the first two goals of Saturday's win against the Kings, increasing his team lead in goals to 17 and bringing him to 42 points on the season. He is seven goals and seven points away from matching his career highs in goals and points, numbers he should easily eclipse at this rate following the All-Star break.
Sidney Crosby recently returned to the Penguins lineup and picked up where he left off. After posting a three-point game against the Flyers on Oct. 29, Crosby was held without a point for four straight games and suffered an injury that kept him out of action for over two months. In the four games since his return, Crosby has three goals and five assists for eight points.
Projected Goalie Matchup
37 Brian Elliott35 Tristan Jarry
23 GP, 11-5-3, 3.03 GAA, .901 SV%24 GP, 16-7-1, 2.16 GAA, .929 SV%

Brian Elliott turned in another strong performance on Saturday, making 34 saves on 35 shots in the win over the Kings. In his two games since Carter Hart went down with an injury, Elliott has stopped 64 of 68 shots.

Tristan Jarry was on a three-game winning streak before taking the loss to Boston last Thursday. Jarry has certainly been consistent. In his last six starts, he's allowed three goals in each.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Michael Raffl (upper-body, day-to-day), Carter Hart (lower right abdominal, 2-to-3 weeks), Shayne Gostisbehere (knee, 3 weeks), Nolan Patrick (migrane disorder, out indefinitely), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma, out for season)

Left WingCenterRight Wing
25 James van Riemsdyk28 Claude Giroux11 Travis Konecny
49 Joel Farabee14 Sean Couturier93 Jake Voracek
21 Scott Laughton13 Kevin Hayes62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
50 German Rubtsov82 Connor Bunnaman18 Tyler Pitlick
9 Ivan Provorov15 Matt Niskanen
6 Travis Sanheim5 Phil Myers
8 Robert Hagg61 Justin Braun
37 Brian Elliott34 Alex Lyon

Lineup Notes

Michael Raffl practiced on Monday as a regular, but will not be able to play due to an upper-body injury. German Rubtsov, called up on Monday, will play on the fourth line and Joel Farabee will move up to take Raffl's place in the lineup.

Penguins Projected Lineup

Injuries: Jake Guentzel, Dominik Kahun, Nick Bjugstad, Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin

Scratches: Sean Lafferty, Kevin Czuczman

Left WingCenterRight Wing
12 Domonik Simon87 Sidney Crosby72 Patric Hornqvist
19 Jared McCann71 Evgeni Malkin17 Bryan Rust
46 Zach Aston-Reese53 Teddy Blueger13 Brandon Tanev
18 Alex Galchenyuk26 Andrew Agozzino36 Joseph Blandisi
3 Jack Johnson58 Kris Letang
28 Marcus Pettersson6 John Marino
50 Juuso Riikola2 Chad Ruhwedel
35 Tristan Jarry30 Matt Murray

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (17th), Penguins (16th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (11th), Penguins (T-13th)
  • Recent History vs. Penguins
    • Dec. 1, 2018 - Flyers 4, Penguins 2 (at PIT)
    • Feb. 11, 2019 - Penguins 4, Flyers 1 (at PHI)
    • Feb. 23, 2019 - Flyers 4, Penguins 3 (F/OT) (at PHI)
    • March 17, 2019 - Flyers 2, Penguins 1 (F/OT) (at PIT)
    • Oct. 29, 2019 - Penguins 7, Flyers 1 (at PIT)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Penguins
    • Claude Giroux - 49 GP, 16 G, 34 A, 50 P
    • Jake Voracek - 41 GP, 21 G, 20 A, 41 P
    • Sean Couturier - 35 GP, 6 G, 16 A, 22 P
    • Brian Elliott - 15 GP, 8-4-2, 3.18 GAA, .911 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Claude Giroux needs four points to reach 800 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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