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About the Flyers - 01-19-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Flyers.

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

TV: The worst network on earth NBC, RDS.

2011-12 Record: 47-26-9, 103 points. The Flyers finished in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Atlantic Division

2011-12 Leading Scorer: Claude Giroux (right), 93 points (28 goals, 65 assists).

Last Game: 3-1 home loss to the Devils in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series, May 8, 2012. Ilya Bryzgalov made 27 saves for the Flyers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-1 home win in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, April 22, 2012. Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves for the Penguins

Flyers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Giroux. You may have heard about him before.

Ex-Penguins on the Flyers: Ruslan Fedotenko, LW; Kevin McCarthy, assistant coach; Joe Mullen, assistant coach; Simon Nolet, scout; Maxime Talbot, C.

Ex-Flyers on the Penguins: None.

Useless Flyers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Four Stanley Cup-winning goal scorers have played for each the Penguins and Flyers: Ruslan Fedotenko, Rick MacLeish and Ulf Samuelsson.

Best Flyers Video We Could Find: Flyers first-round pick Scott Laughton being "greeted" to the NHL draft by Penguins fans at Consol Energy Center this past summer:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (42-17-4, 2.36 GAA, .913 SV% in 2011-12) for the Penguins. Ilya Bryzgalov (33-16-7, 2.48 GAA, .909 SV% in 2011-12) for the Flyers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, they are reporting no injuries. For the Flyers, defensemean Andrej Meszaros (Achilles tendon) is probable. Defensemen Chris Pronger (concussion), Matt Walker (back/hip) and center Daniel Briere (wrist) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins lines and defensive pairings during yesterday's practice were: (PG+)

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Matt Cooke - Brandon Sutter - Tyler Kennedy
Tanner Glass - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Matt Niskanen - Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik - Paul Martin
Simon Despres - Deryk Engelland

-According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the Flyers are expected to use the following lines and defensive pairings:

Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Brayden Schenn
Maxime Talbot - Sean Couturier - Jakub Voracek
Wayne Simmonds - Scott Laughton - Matt Read
Ruslan Fedoteno - Eric Wellwood - Zac Rinaldo

Braydon Coburn - Nicklas Grossman
Kimmo Timonen - Luke Schenn
Andrej Meszaros - Kurtis Foster

Notes:

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

-Fleury has 226 career wins. He needs one more to surpass Tom Barrasso for most goaltending wins in franchise history.

-Fleury has 22 career shutouts. He needs one more to surpass Barrasso for most in franchise history.

-Crosby has 609 career points. He needs five more to surpass Ron Francis (613) for fourth-most in franchise history.

-Engelland had 196 career penalty minutes.

-Sidney Crosby. Penalty killer?

-The Penguins want to show off their grit.

-The Penguins lost Brian Strait on waivers to the Islanders. (PG+)

-"It didn't take me long six years ago to get a hatred for the Pens. Only playing them once in the West, then coming here and seeing (Sidney) Crosby run the show and do what he does, you learn to not like him fast. And I think that goes for all Philadelphians and guys that put on a Flyers jersey.” - Hartnell on the Penguins.

-"It's not like its Tuesday night in Columbus." - Talbot on the energy expected for today's game.

-This will be the Penguins' seventh season-opening game against the Flyers, the most against anyone opponent.

-Our live blog, direct from the worst place on earth Philadelphia, begins at approximately 2 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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