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Flyers-Penguins Preview

Wednesday, 11.16.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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After having their six-game winning streak snapped on the road, the Philadelphia Flyers look to make it 10 straight wins at home when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins, who will be without captain Mario Lemieux.

Philadelphia failed to extend its winning streak to seven, losing 5-2 at Tampa Bay on Monday.

Peter Forsberg scored both goals for the Flyers, who suffered their first loss since an 8-6 defeat at Carolina on Oct. 28.

"They came at us hard, and we turned the puck over way too many times," Forsberg said. "They were all over us. They worked hard and they wanted to win. You could see they were a desperate team and we weren''t."

Forsberg, among the league's top scorers, has six goals in his last nine games after going his first seven games as a Flyer without one. He has been particularly effective at home with three goals and 19 assists in 10 games at the Wachovia Center.

Philadelphia lost it season opener at home to the New York Rangers, but has since won nine straight there. The nine-game streak, however, is still a long way from the franchise record of 20, set during the 1975-76 season.

Despite scoring twice in the third period to force overtime, Pittsburgh failed to pick up the extra point as it fell 3-2 to the visiting New York Islanders in a shootout on Monday. The Penguins have lost an NHL-high six times after regulation.

"We don''t play good hockey until we get behind for whatever reason," Pittsburgh's Mark Recchi said. "If we''d played like that early in games, we wouldn''t get into trouble."

Pittsburgh's five wins is the lowest total in the Eastern Conference, but six losses after regulation has prevented it from being buried in last place in the Atlantic Division.

Lemieux did not make the trip to Philadelphia and will not play due to a stomach virus.

"He's been battling something the past few days," coach Eddie Olczyk said. "He will not play. We will see how he feels Thursday."

Without Lemieux, rookie Sidney Crosby will be counted to help fill the void. Crosby has been as good as advertised in his rookie season with seven goals and team highs of 14 assists and 21 points.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 15): Penguins - 16 points, 5th place, 9 PB, Atlantic Division. Flyers - 23 points, 2nd place, 2 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Penguins - Crosby, 7 goals, 14 assists and 21 points; Brooks Orpik, 38 PIM. Flyers - Simon Gagne, 17 goals; Forsberg, 25 assists and 31 points; Joni Pitkanen, 36 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 15): Penguins - Power play: 17.6 percent (23 for 130), 16th in NHL. Penalty killing: 77.1 percent (101 for 131), 29th. Flyers - Power play: 21 percent (24 for 114), tied for 4th. Penalty killing: 75.7 percent (81 for 107), 30th.

GOALTENDERS: Penguins - Jocelyn Thibault (1-4-0, 4.45); Marc-Andre Fleury (0-1-1, 4.05). Flyers - Robert Esche (8-3-0, 3.08); Antero Niittymaki (3-1-0, 3.97).

SEASON SERIES: Flyers, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 14; Flyers, 6-5 (OT). At Philadelphia, Defenseman Mike Rathje scored a power-play goal 3:17 into overtime to lift the Flyers.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Penguins - 3-4-3 on the road; Flyers - 9-1-0 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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