Flyers (8-9-6, 22pts) @ Penguins (12-10-3,27pts)
It’s finally here! The battle of Pennsylvania! The Flyers are a struggling team at the moment, having lost seven straight, but they are looking to get back on the winning track in the first rivalry meeting of the young season. The Flyers played a pretty good game the other night versus the Islanders, but once again they found a way to lose in yet another overtime game.
Andrew MacDonald is expected to return to the lineup after being out with a lower body injury for the last couple of weeks. Dale Weise and Jori Lehterä will also be in the lineup in place of Taylor Leier and Jordan Weal. Brian Elliott is expected to start in goal.
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LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
Hakstol is deciding to go with size against speed in tonights game. Weise and Lehterä over Weal and Leier sends a clear message. Flyers are looking for more secondary scoring and they will need it tonight if they want to have a chance at beating the defending Stanley Cup champs. Elliott has been great as of late.
Giroux – Couturier – Voracek
Martel – Patrick – Simmonds
Raffl – Filppula – Konecny
Weise – Laughton – Lehterä
Provorov – MacDonald
Gostisbehere – Hägg
Sanheim – Manning
Pittsburgh: Penguins Line Combinations
Pittsburgh is coming off a impressive 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Penguins are always a dangerous team lead by number 87, but the good news for the Flyers is that Penguins will miss Evgeni Malkin in tonights game. Matt Murray is expected to start in goal.
Sheary – Crosby – Hörnqvist
Guentzel – Sheahan – Kessel
Hagelin – Rowney – Rust
Kuhnackl – McKegg – Reaves
Määtä – Letang
Dumoulin – Ruhwedel
Hunwick – Schultz
THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH
Andrew MacDonald, Dale Weise and Jori Lehterä in. Jordan Weal, Taylor Leier and Samuel Morin out. Is this the right move from Hakstol? Size over speed against a very speedy Penguins team. Only time will tell.
Sean Couturier is red hot and will most likely be faced off against Crosby tonight. He has shut down Malkin in the past on numerous occasions. Can he do the same to Sidney Crosby, who is starting to heat up?
The Flyers penalty killing has been a complete disaster for years, but it’s gotten even worse this season. The Flyers have a tendency to take stupid penalties, but they need to find a way to stay out of the box. This game could be decided by whatever team has the most discipline.