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About the Flyers - 03-24-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Flyers.

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

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), NBC Sports Network (rest of the United States), RDS.

Record: 13-16-1, 27 points. The Flyers are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and last place in the Atlantic Division

Leading Scorer: Jakub Voracek, 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists).

Last Game: 4-2 road loss to the Lightning, Monday. Ilya Bryzgalov (right) made 23 saves for the Flyers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-4 home loss, March 7. Chris Kunitz had two goals and an assist for the Penguins

Flyers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Voracek. He has five goals in his past two games against the Penguins.

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: Mark Eaton, D.

Useless Flyers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Left winger SImon Gagne is one of three players currently active in the NHL who participated in the legendary 2-1 win in five overtmes by the Flyers against the Penguins in Game 4 of a 2000 Eastern Conference semifinal series. The others are former Penguins right winger Jaromir Jagr (Stars) and defenseman Michal Rozsival (Blackhawks).

Best Flyers Video We Could Find: Former Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall chasing former Penguins right winger Robbie Brown in Game 5 of a 1989 Patrick Division final series:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (16-5-0, 2.38 GAA, .912 SV%) for the Penguins. Ilya Bryzgalov (13-13-1, 2.79 GAA, .898 SV%) for the Flyers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Kris Letang ("lower body") is out. Center Evgeni Malkin ("upper-body") is on injured reserve. For the Flyers, rright winger Daniel Briere ("upper body") is out. Defensemen Marc-Andre Bourdon (concussion), Andrej Meszaros (left shoulder),  Chris Pronger (concussion), Matt Walker (back/groin), left wingers Tye McGinn (orbital bone) and Jody Shelley (hip) are on injured reserve.

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

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
19 Beau Bennett - 15 Dustin Jeffrey - 18 James Neal
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
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Matt Niskanen - 4 Mark Eaton
47 Simon Despres - 5 Deryk Engelland

-The Flyers' expected lines and defensive pairings are:

24 Matt Read - 28 Claude Giroux - 93 Jakub Voracek
12 Simon Gagne - 10 Brayden Schenn - 17 Wayne Simmonds
19 Scott Hartnell - 25 Maxime Talbot - 37 Harry Zolnierczyk
36 Zac Rinaldo - 14 Sean Couturier - 26 Ruslan Fedotenko

8 Nicklas Grossmann - 5 Braydon Coburn
44 Kimmo Timonen - 22 Luke Schenn
41 Andrej Meszaros - 27 Bruno Gervais

Notes:

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

 

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(Photo: Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

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