About the Flyers - 02-18-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Flyers.

When and where: 1 p.m. EST. Wells Fargo Center.

TV: Root Sports, CSN Philadelphia, NHL Network (United States).

Record: 32-18-7, 71 points. The Flyers are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and second place in the Atlantic Division

Leading Scorer: Claude Giroux (right), 67 points (22 goals, 45 assists).

Last Game: 7-2 home win against the Sabres, Thursday. Wayne Simmonds and Maxime Talbot each scored two goals for the Flyers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-2 road win, Dec. 29. Tyler Kennedy had a goal and an assist for the Penguins.

Flyers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Scott Hartnell. He has points in four consecutive games.

Ex-Penguins on the Flyers: Jaromir Jagr, RW; Joe Mullen, assistant coach; Simon Nolet, scout; Maxime Talbot, C.

Ex-Flyers on the Penguins: Arron Asham, RW; Richard Park, RW.

Useless Flyers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: The last Flyers defenseman to score a hat trick was Andy Delmore. He recorded it against the Penguins in an 8-2 Flyers win, May 7, 2000.

Best Flyers Video We Could Find: A brawl between the Penguins and Flyers (and their Cooperalls pants) during the 1981-82 season:

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Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (29-14-3, 2.34 GAA, .911 SV%) for the Penguins and Sergei Bobrovsky (12-7-1, 2.90 GAA, .902 SV%).

Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Arron Asham (head) is questionable. Center Tyler Kennedy (ankle) is out. Center Sidney Crosby (head/neck) is on injured reserve. For the Flyers, right winger Jaromir Jagr (illness) is probable. Left winger James van Riemsdyk (head) is questionable. Center Daniel Briere ("upper body") and defenseman Andrej Meszaros ("upper body") are day to day. Center Blair Betts (knee), right winger Ian Laperriere (head), defenseman Chris Pronger (head) and right winger Tim Sestito (groin) are on injured reserve.

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

Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Steve Sullivan - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Dustin Jeffrey - Arron Asham
Craig Adams - Joe Vitale - Richard Park

Their defensemen were mixed. Consider this a guess at their pairings:

Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Matt Niskanen - Zbynek Michalek
Deryk Engelland - Paul Martin

-Based on their lines against the Sabres Thursday, injuries and a recent trade, consider this a guess at the Flyers' lines and defensive pairings:

Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jaromir Jagr
Brayden Schenn - Maxime Talbot - Wayne Simmonds
Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Jakub Voracek
Jody Shelley - Eric Wellwood - James van Riemsdyk

Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Matt Carle - Marc-Andre Bourdon
Andrej Meszaros - Nicklas Grossman


-The last time the Penguins played the Flyers, this happened:

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-Malkin has 297 career assists.

-Van Riemsdyk could return to the lineup today. He has been sidelined since Jan. 12 due to a concussion.

-Grossman will be making his Flyers debut. He was acquired in a trade with the Stars Thursday.

-"If you can walk, you play." - Jagr on his availibility today.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 12:45 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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