NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 26th (All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (12-2-4-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (5-10-3-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The surging Philadelphia Flyers try to extend their unbeaten string to 10 games tonight when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins for an intrastate clash at the Igloo.
Philly, which is tied for second the National Hockey League with 29 points, has not fallen since a loss in New Jersey on October 30. The Flyers sit one point ahead of the Devils, in the midst of a 12-game undefeated run themselves, atop the Atlantic Division.
On Saturday the Flyers padded their loss-less home record with a 3-2 win over Boston in a clash of the Eastern Conference's top two teams. Mark Recchi scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period to lift Philadelphia. Justin Williams and Simon Gagne also tallied.
Recchi's marker continued the uncanny production of his line, which also includes Jeremy Roenick and Tony Amonte. At least one of the three has accounted for a goal in 13 of the last 14 games.
However, there are some concerns surrounding Roenick and his aching back. The star centerman underwent an MRI on Monday but is probable for tonight's contest.
Jeff Hackett only needed to make 11 saves for the Flyers, who held the Bruins to only two third period shots. Hackett is expected to sit this evening and yield the crease to Robert Esche, who has allowed two goals or less in four of his last five outings.
The Flyers, 3-2-2-1 on the road, will host Carolina on Friday afternoon.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, ended a three-game losing streak (0-2-0-1) last Saturday with a 2-1 overtime win against visiting Ottawa. Rookie Ryan Malone scored his second OT goal of the season to provide the heroics, and Tomas Surovy tallied as well. Sebastien Caron finished with 31 saves and will likely get the call again in net tonight.
The Penguins, who are tied with Washington for the lowest point total in the Eastern Conference (14), continue to play without captain Mario Lemieux, who is out indefinitely with a hip strain. The Hall of Famer has already missed nine straight games because of the ailment.
Pittsburgh, 3-4-2 on home ice, plays the second portion of a three-game set tonight and will host the NY Rangers on Friday.
The Pens battled back from a three-goal deficit and forced a 3-3 tie in Philly on October 11, but the Flyers are 4-0-1 in the last five meetings. The Flyers have won two straight in the Steel City after an 0-3-1 lull.
11/26 10:31:20 ET