About the Flyers - Game 5 - 04-20-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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 postseason scorer: Claude Giroux, 10 points (five goals, five assists).

Last Game: 10-3 home loss in Game 4, Wednesday. Jordan Staal had a hat trick for the Penguins.

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (1-3, 5.43 GAA, .817 SV%) for the Penguins and Ilya Bryzgalov (3-1, 4.95 GAA, .844 SV%) for the Flyers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Paul Martin (undisclosed) is out. For the Flyers, defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon ("upper body") and Nicklas Grossman ("upper body") are out. 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 today's morning skate were: (PG+)

Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Steve Sullivan - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Eric Tangradi - Craig Adams - Richard Park

-We're thinking Park is going to be scratched. If so, consider this a guess at the Penguins' defensive pairings assuming they use seven defensemen:

Kris Letang - Brooks Orpik
Matt Niskanen - Zbynek Michalek
Simon Despres - Deryk Engelland
Brian Strait

The Flyers held an optional skate today. These were their primary lines in Wednesday's Game 4:

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

-With defenseman Grossman injured, consider this a guess at their defensive pairings:
Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Matt Carle - Erik Gustafsson
Pavel Kubina - Andreas Lilja

Referees: Paul Devorski, Dan O'Rourke.

Linesmen: Jean Morin, Derek Nansen


-Arron Asham is suspended.

-Fleury is 5-4 all-time when facing elimination with a 2.29 goals against average and .915 save percentage.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Niskanen speaks:

-Jordan Staal speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-The Penguins and Flyers have combined for 16 power-play goals. The all-time record for a playoff series is 21. It has been reached five times.

-The Flyers are 9-0 all-time when the have had a 3-0 series lead.

-Giroux is four points short of tying the record for most points scored against the Penguins in a playoff series.

-"We don’t really like the fans here. It’s like something we have to prove to the fans that we’re better than them." - Giroux on Penguins fans.

-"I've had a concussion and it's the worst, You're basically sitting on your couch and you can't even watch TV." - Giroux on Grossman.

It’s going to be a dream come true. My first pro playoff  game. A little nervous, but mostly I’m excited, so it’s going to be a lot of fun tonight.” - Gustafsson.

-van Riemsdyk, who has reported to be close to returning from a foot injury which has sidelined him for six weeks, did not skate today.

-Flyers defenseman Oskars Bartulis cleared re-entry waivers.

-Flyers coach Peter Laviolette speaks:

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

(Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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