About the Flyers - Game 1 - 04-11-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Note: This is an abreviated version of the game previews we normally publish. Good luck finding a fresh piece of trivia or a video for a potential seven-game series.

A preview of the Flyers.

When and where: 7:30 p.m., EDT. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports, CSN Philadelphia, NBC Sports Network (outside the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia markets), TSN, RDS.

Leading Regular season scorer: Claude Giroux (right), 93 points (28 goals, 65 assists).

Last Game: 4-2 road loss to the Penguins, Saturday. Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins.

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (42-17-4, 2.36 GAA, .913 SV% in the regular season) for the Penguins and Sergei Bobrovsky (33-16-7, 2.48 GAA, .909 SV% in the regular season) for the Flyers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Ben Lovejoy (knee) is probable. Defenseman Matt Niskanen ("upper body") is out. For the Flyers, right winger Daniel Briere (back) and defenseman Nicklas Grossman (knee) are probable. Right wingers Ian Laperriere (head), Tim Sestito (groin), defensemen Andrej Meszaros (back), Chris Pronger (head), center Blair Betts (knee) and left winger James van Riemsdyk (foot) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

Chris Kunitz-Evgeni Malkin-James Neal
Steve Sullivan-Sidney Crosby-Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke-Jordan Staal-Tyler Kennedy
Arron Asham-Joe Vitale-Craig Adams

Kris Letang - Paul Martin
Zbynek Michalek - Brooks Orpik
Ben Lovejoy - Deryk Engelland

-The Flyers' primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jaromir Jagr
Brayden Schenn - Daniel Briere - Wayne Simmonds
Zac Rinaldo - Sean Couturier - Maxime Talbot
Jakub Voracek - Eric Wellwood - Matt Read

Kimmo Timonen - Matt Carle
Braydon Coburn - Nicklas Grossman
Marc-Andre Bourdon - Andreas Lilja


-Welcome back Ben Lovejoy?

-"Most of the (derogatory) nicknames for Sidney Crosby have originated out of Philly and their fans, and so forth." - Dan Bylsma.

-“He’s a difference-maker …The bigger  the circumstances, the bigger the performance. Since I’ve been here, that’s my take on Danny. Give him something to thrive in, and he thrives.” - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette on Briere.

-Bylsma speaks:

-Fleury speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Lovejoy speaks:

-Laviolette speaks:

-Jagr speaks:

-Talbot speaks:

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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