Preview: Flyers vs. Penguins (Game 6)

Updated: April 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm by John Gove

The Philadelphia Flyers are still alive! After an uncharacteristically hard-fought, down-to-the-wire contest Friday night, the orange and black will look to extend their Round One series against the Pittsburgh Penguins to seven games this afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia has yet to show their hometown crowd anything worth boasting about, losing the first two games at the Wells Fargo Center 5-1 and 5-0. Getting off to a strong start will be imperative for both squads as the team to score first in each contest has come away with the victory.

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TV: NBC

LISTEN: 97.5 FM

PUCK DROP: 3:00 P.M.

Line Combinations: Courtesy of NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers Line Combinations

Claude Giroux – Valtteri Filppula – Jakub Voracek

Michael Raffl – Nolan Patrick – Travis Konecny

Scott Laughton – Sean Couturier – Wayne Simmonds

Matt Read – Jori Lehtera – Dale Weise

Ivan Provorov – Andrew MacDonald

Robert Hagg – Shayne Gostisbehere

Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas

Michal Neuvirth

Pittsburgh Penguins Line Combinations

Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Patric Hornqvist

Carl Hagelin – Evgeni Malkin – Phil Kessel

Conor Sheary – Derick Brassard – Bryan Rust

Zach Ashton-Reese – Riley Sheahan – Tom Kuhnhackl

Brian Dumoulin – Kris Letang

Olli Maatta – Justin Schultz

Jamie Oleksiak – Chad Ruhwedel

Matt Murray

Three Storylines to Watch

The health and status of both Ivan Provorov and Evgeni Malkin are still uncertain. Provorov crash into the boards shoulder-first late in the final period while Malkin left the ice with an apparent lower-body injury in the first period and did not return. Malkin did not practice on Saturday and is considered to be a game-time decision. Ron Hextall would not provide any update on Provorov’s status for Sunday’s game. On a positive note for Pittsburgh, the Penguins could see the return of Patric Hornqvist to the lineup.

Home-ice and postseason hockey have not been an excellent combination for the Flyers recently. Philadelphia has been outscored 10-1 in the first two games at Wells Fargo Center and are 1-4 in their past five postseason home games. In a win-or-go-home scenario, the Flyers obviously need to turn their recent at-home failures around and put together a productive 60 minutes of hockey.

A significant amount of focus will be on the goaltenders of both sides in this game. Michal Neuvirth was stellar in his first postseason action this year, stopping 30 shots and leading the Flyers to victory. He will look to have a similar outing against a Penguins squad with a plethora of offensive weapons. Matt Murray has been a straight stud for Pittsburgh all series long and is 9-1 in his career after suffering a postseason loss.

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