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About the Flyers - Game 3 - 04-15-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Flyers.

When and where: 3 p.m. EDT. Wells Fargo Center.

TV: NBC, TSN, RDS.

Leading postseason scorer: Claude Giroux, six points (three goals, three assists).

Last Game: 8-5 road win in Game 2, Friday. Chris Kunitz scored two goals for the Penguins.

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (0-2, 5.45 GAA, .804 SV%) for the Penguins and Ilya Bryzgalov (2-0, 3.93 GAA, .857 SV%) for the Flyers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Matt Niskanen ("upper body") is questionable. For the Flyers, defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon ("upper body") is questionable. 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 at yesterday's practice 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

-They rotated their defense. Their primary pairings in Game 2 were:

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

-The Flyers' did not a full practice yesterday. These were their primary lines and defensive pairings in Game 2:

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

Kimmo Timonen - Matt Carle
Braydon Coburn - Nicklas Grossman
Pavel Kubina - Andreas Lilja

Notes:

-"In Philly, some of the stuff you hear, you just can't believe it. And then you turn around, and it's a guy with his 3-year-old next to him." - Brooks Orpik.

-Welcome back Matt Niskanen?

-Dan Bylsma is one game short of breaking Eddie Johnston's franchise record for postseason game's coached of 47.

-The Penguins are 32-18 all-time in game 3, including a 20-8 mark on the road.

-"Just limit his offense and not give him too much time and space, and, so far, we've done a good job. But it's going to get tougher and tougher." - Flyers forward Sean Couturier on facing Evgeni Malkin.

-"We have to look at it as if the series was 0-0. We still have a lot better hockey to play, and I think we can do that at home." - Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds.

-Welcome back Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk... to practice.

-The Flyers are 17-0 when leading a playoffs series, 2-0.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 2:45 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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