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Flyers-Penguins Preview

Wednesday, 11.16.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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