The Metropolitan Division playoff race has been heating up these past few weeks and will reach a boiling point with the final Battle of Pennsylvania of the season.
The Penguins are 6-2-2 in their past 10 games and sit second place in the division, while the Flyers are 3-0-1 in the past four games and sit two points ahead of the New Jersey Devils for the first wild card position in the Eastern Conference.
The Penguins have taken all three previous matchups this season, winning 5-4 in overtime at PPG Paints Arena on Nov. 27 and 5-1 on Jan. 2 and 5-2 on March 7 at Wells Fargo Center.
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LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
Claude Giroux — Sean Couturier — Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom — Nolan Patrick — Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal — Valtteri Filppula — Wayne Simmonds
Jori Lehtera — Scott Laughton — Matt Read
Ivan Provorov — Shayne Gostisbehere
Travis Sanheim — Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning — Radko Gudas
Pittsburgh: Penguins Line Combinations
Jake Guentzel — Sidney Crosby — Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin — Evgeni Malkin — Bryan Rust
Conor Sheary — Derick Brassard — Phil Kessel
Tom Kuhnhackl — Riley Sheahan — Dominik Simon
Jamie Oleksiak — Kris Letang
Brian Dumoulin — Justin Schultz
Olli Maatta — Chad Ruhwedel
Three Storylines to Watch
The Flyers are looking to avoid being swept by the Penguins for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Pittsburgh won all eight meetings that season and have outscored the Flyers 14-4 in the previous three meetings this time around. The Flyers need all the points they can get right now and need to turn in an inspired outing against their rivals.
The Hart watch is on for captain Claude Giroux. The first-line center is must-watch television as he aims to conclude the regular-season portion of his fantastic bounce-back campaign on a high. Giroux has seven assists during a three-game point streak and 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in his past 22 games.
Alex Lyon will be making his first ever appearance against the Penguins, while opposing goaltender Matt Murray is 2-2-0 against the Flyers in his career with a .913 save percentage. Both teams are going to want to get plenty of pucks on net and make it difficult for the opposing netminder. The Flyers have scored at least four goals in four straight games and will look to take advantage of a Pittsburgh team that ranks in the bottom half of the league in goals against average.