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About the Flyers - 12-14-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Flyers.

When and where: 7 p.m. Wells Fargo Center.

TV: Versus, TSN2, RDS.

Record: 19-7-5, 43 points. The Flyers are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and second place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Mike Richards (right), 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists).

Last Game: 2-1 road overtime win against the Bruins, Saturday. Brian Boucher made 35 saves in the victory.

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-2 road win, Oct. 29. Claude Giroux scored two goals for the Flyers.

Flyers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Giroux. He has three goals in three games against the Penguins this season.

Ex-Penguins on the Flyers: Daniel Carcillo, LW (Carcillo was a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin, but never played for the NHL club); Joe Mullen, assistant coach; Kevin McCarthy, assistant coach; Simon Nolet, scout.

Ex-Flyers on the Penguins: Arron Asham, RW; Mike Comrie, C; Kevin Stevens, professional scout.

Useless Flyers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: The only Penguins player to attempt a penalty shot against the Flyers was Stu Barnes. He was stopped by Ron Hextall in a 4-3 overtime loss, March 8, 1998.

Best Flyers Video We Could Find: Former Flyers forward Peter Zezel using former Nordiques forward Dale Hunter to blow up the glass at Le Colisee during the 1985 playoffs:

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Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (14-6-1, 2.31 GAA, .914 SV%) for the Penguins and Brian Boucher (5-3-2, 2.23 GAA, .919 SV%) for the Flyers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, forwards Chris Kunitz (undisclosed) and Evgeni Malkin (knee) are day to day. Forwards Mike Comrie (undisclosed), Jordan Staal (hand) and defenseman Alex Grant (wrist) are on injured reserve. For the Flyers, defenseman Matt Walker (hip) is out. Forward Ian Laperriere (head) and goaltender Michael Leighton (back) are on injured reserve. Forward Jody Shelley is suspended.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins lines in yesterday's practice were:

Evgeni Malkin - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Maxime Talbot - Arron Asham
Chris Conner - Mark Letestu - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Dustin Jeffrey - Craig Adams/Eric Godard

-Their defensive pairings were rotated yesterday. Against the Sabres Saturday, they were:

Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Ben Lovejoy

-The Flyers' lines and defensive pairings in practice yesterday were:

Darroll Powe - Jeff Carter - Claude Giroux
Scott Hartnell - Daniel Briere - Ville Leino
James van Riemsdyk - Mike Richards - Andreas Nodl
Nikolay Zherdev  - Blair Betts - Daniel Carcillo

Chris Pronger - Matt Carle
Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Sean O'Donnell - Andrej Meszaros

Notes:

-There's more on the line than just pride in this rivalry game tonight. Like first place overall in the NHL.

-Kunitz was "banged up" in Buffalo Saturday.

-Talbot has 49 career goals and 47 career assists.

-Kennedy has 49 career assists.

-Martin has 148 career assists.

-Crosby has 348 career assists.

-Shelley was suspended two games for a hit from behind on Boston's Adam McQuaid Saturday.

-The Flyers seem to think the secret to beating the Penguins is shutting down Crosby. In other news, the key to keeping snow away is making sure it says 80 degrees all year.

-"He's probably not whining as much." - Pronger (right) joking about Crosby's recent success.

-"Pittsburgh. Nothing needs to be said." - Briere.

-"We've had this on the calendar for a while." - Carter on facing the Penguins.

-Boucher has a 3-0-1 record a 1.21 goals against average and .960 save percentage in his last four starts.

-Leino has appeared in 99 career games.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 7 p.m. 

(Photo: Richards-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Pronger-Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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