It’s the second Battle of Pennsylvania of the season as the Flyers and Penguins begin the new year by renewing their rivalry with a matchup at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Penguins took the other meeting this season in overtime and sit one point ahead of the Flyers in the Metropolitan Division.
It’s the beginning of a four-game homestand for the Flyers, who are coming off an impressive win over the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.
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LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
Brian Elliott is making his 14th consecutive start in goal, as the Flyers are clearly relying heavily on their starting netminder.
Brandon Manning is in the lineup in place of rookie Travis Sanheim, while Taylor Leier is the other healthy scratch.
Claude Giroux — Sean Couturier — Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl — Valtteri Filppula — Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal — Nolan Patrick — Wayne Simmonds
Jori Lehtera — Scott Laughton — Dale Weise
Ivan Provorov — Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg — Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning — Radko Gudas
Pittsburgh: Penguins Line Combinations
Matt Murray is healthy, but rookie Tristan Jarry will start in goal for the Penguins. He has a 1.56 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in his past three games.
Defensemen Kris Letang and Justin Schultz are game-time decisions. Letang has missed the past three games because of a lower-body injury. Schultz hasn’t played for 11 games because of a lower-body injury.
Conor Sheary — Sidney Crosby — Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin — Evgeni Malkin — Phil Kessel
Jake Guentzel — Riley Sheahan — Daniel Sprong
Tom Kuhnhackl — Carter Rowney — Ryan Reaves
Brian Dumoulin — Kris Letang
Olli Maatta — Jamie Oleksiak
Ian Cole — Justin Schultz