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Flyers-Penguins Preview

Tuesday, 04.11.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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The Philadelphia Flyers look to rebound from one a tough special teams' outing when they continue their push for the Atlantic Division crown with a matchup against the last-place Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flyers are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and have clinched their 11th consecutive postseason berth, but are still trying to catch the New York Rangers in the division. Philadelphia trails first-place New York by five points with five games left, including a meeting with the Rangers this Saturday.

Philadelphia didn't look like a team poised to make a run at any title on Saturday, though, as it allowed five power-play goals on eight opportunities in a 5-2 loss to Toronto. The Flyers gave up a team-record six extra-man goals twice, most recently against the Minnesota North Stars on Oct. 13, 1988.

"We took really poor penalties," said Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock, whose team has one of the worst penalty-killing units in the NHL. "We made defending mistakes. When you don't kill them off, it's deflating. And when you don't score on your opportunities, it's even more deflating."

Philadelphia converted just 1-of-5 power-play opportunities and never threatened as it fell behind 3-0 early in the second period. R.J. Umberger and Jeff Carter scored for the Flyers, who had 34 penalty minutes.

Philadelphia continues to play short-handed as Peter Forsberg and Petr Nedved have both missed games with groin injuries and are listed as day-to-day.

"No excuses. We have to find a way to get it done," Flyers forward Sami Kapanen said.

The Flyers have lost three in a row at home, but have won 22 of their last 26 against the Penguins in Philadelphia.

The Penguins, wrapping up a four-game road trip, lost 1-0 to Tampa Bay on Saturday. Rookie Sidney Crosby left early in the second period with a lower-body injury, but returned briefly in the final period.

"It's not a major injury," said Penguins coach Michel Therrien, whose team has an NHL-worst 53 points. "It's day-to-day."

Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has lost his last five starts.

STANDINGS: Penguins - 53 points, 5th place, 47 PB, Atlantic Division. Flyers - 95 points, 2nd place, 5 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Penguins - Crosby, 36 goals, 55 assists and 91 points; Brooks Orpik, 116 PIM. Flyers - Simon Gagne, 44 goals and 76 points; Forsberg, 55 assists; Donald Brashear, 145 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through April 9): Penguins - Power play: 18.5 percent (86 for 464), 10th in NHL. Penalty killing: 78.5 percent (395 for 503), 28th. Flyers - Power play: 18.1 percent (77 for 425), 15th. Penalty killing: 78.6 percent (345 for 439), 27th.

GOALTENDERS: Penguins - Fleury (11-27-6, 1 SO, 3.34 GAA); Sebastien Caron (8-7-4, 1, 3.82). Flyers - Antero Niittymaki (22-15-6, 2, 3.01); Robert Esche (20-9-5, 1, 2.94).

SEASON SERIES: Flyers, 5-2.

LAST MEETING: March 12; Penguins, 2-0. At Pittsburgh, Colby Armstrong had the first two-goal game of his career and Crosby added two assists.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Penguins - 10-23-5 on the road; Flyers - 20-13-6 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 63 19 46 5 65
C. Giroux 62 18 41 2 59
W. Simmonds 63 25 18 -1 43
M. Streit 63 8 32 -4 40
B. Schenn 63 12 23 -5 35
S. Couturier 63 12 16 1 28
M. Del Zotto 51 8 17 -5 25
M. Read 63 6 18 -9 24
M. Raffl 48 14 4 6 18
V. Lecavalier 45 7 10 -8 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .926 2.25
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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