Preview: Flyers vs. Penguins (Game 38)

Updated: January 2, 2018 at 6:54 pm by Brady Trettenero

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.





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.

Projected Lines

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

Brian Elliott

Michal Neuvirth

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.

Projected Lines

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

Tristan Jarry

Matt Murray

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