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About the Flyers - 10-28-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Flyers.

When and where: 7 p.m., Consol Energy Center.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh, TCN Philadelphia, NHL Network (United States).

Record: 4-4-1, 9 points. The Flyers are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Daniel Briere (right), 8 points (6 goals, 2 assists).

Last Game: 6-3 home win against the Sabres, Tuesday. Jeff Carter had a goal and two assists for the Flyers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-1 home loss, Oct. 16. Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist for the Penguins.

Flyers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: We have to go with Briere. He has two goals in two 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 first Penguins player to record a hat trick against the Flyers was forward Paul Gardner. He netted three goals against goaltender Phil Myre in a 6-5 home loss, Dec, 13, 1980.

Best Flyers Video We Could Find: What's the best city in Pennsylvania? Why don't we let former Flyers/Penguins all-star Rick Tocchet be the judge (poor audio):

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Probable goaltenders: As usual, Dan Bylsma would not officially say if Marc-Andre Fleury (1-4-0, 3.41 GAA, .861 SV%) or Brent Johnson (4-0-1, 1.39 GAA, .951 SV%) was starting, but it's believed Fleury will get the nod. Sergei Bobrovsky (3-2-0, 2.82 GAA, .904 SV%) for the Flyers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, left winger Eric Godard (illness) and defenseman Zbynek Michalek (shoulder) are out. Center Jordan Staal (foot) and defenseman Alex Grant (wrist) are on injured reserve. For the Flyers, defenseman Kimmo Timonen (ankle) is probable. Right winger Ian Laperriere (head),  goaltender Michael Leighton (back) and defenseman Matt Walker (hip) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings:

-The Penguins' primary lines and defensive pairings Wednesday in Tampa Bay were:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Mike Comrie - Mark Letestu - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke - Max Talbot - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Craig Adams - Arron Asham

Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland
Brooks Orpik - Ben Lovejoy

The Flyers' lines combinations in practice yesterday were:

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

-Timonen did not practice yesterday due to a wonky ankle. Their defensive pairings Tuesday against the Sabres were:

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

Notes:

-The Penguins aren't shy about hitting.

-Alex Goligoski did not skate yesterday for "maintenance" purposes (PG+).

-Marc-Andre Fleury has 149 career wins.

-"I love playing guys I don’t like." - Coburn on the rivalry.

-Zherdev (right) was bumped to the fourth line in practice for shoddy defense.

-None of the Flyers' defensemen have scored a goal this season.

-The Flyers' dads are making the trip to Pittsburgh.

-Television Heads-Up: Don't forget tonight's game is on NHL Network in the United States. If you are a Center Ice or Game Center Live customer and you are located outside of the Pittsburgh or Philadelphia markets, please make sure you have NHL Network or make alternate plans to watch it.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photos: Briere-Paul Bereswill/Getty Images; Zherdev-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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