Flyers, Penguins ready for battle one more time

Philadelphia Flyers v Pittsburgh Penguins
Claude Giroux and Sidney Crosby are set to mix it up for the third this season. The Flyers are 9-4-1 vs. their cross-state rivals since 2009-10.

If you want to say the Rangers own the Flyers — and after Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to New York made it 10 of the last 11 — then say it. But the Flyers should like their chances of getting back to that elusive .500 mark when the hated Penguins come to town Thursday night.

They have more than held their own vs. Pittsburgh. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, the Orange and Black have gone 9-4-1 against their cross-state rivals, including a split this season.

In the season opener, early first-period goals by Tyler Kennedy and James Neal set the stage for Pittsbugh’s 3-1 win. Then, after spotting the Pens two quick goals in the rematch two weeks ago, the Flyers rallied for a 6-5 win. Jake Voracek banked the game-winner off goalie Tomas Vokoun with 1:31 remaining.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma chose to go with his backup goaltender in that one. The Flyers will likely go with Ilya Bryzgalov, who has started 22 of the Flyers’ 24 games, in this one.

Less certain is the status of defenseman Niklas Grossmann. He had to leave after the first period Tuesday with a groin injury.  If he can’t go, Kurtis Foster would step in, unless Andrej Meszaros (dislocated shoulder)  is ready to return. The Penguins lead the Atlantic Division by five points over the Devils. The Flyers  (11-12-1) stand fourth in the Atlantic and have fallen to ninth in the Eastern Conference.

“Pittsburgh is ahead of us and they have games in hand,” said Scott Hartnell. “From here on every game will seem more and more important. But it seems like it’s been playoff hockey since Game 15.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

National

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas concert, condition unknown,…

Singer Miley Cyrus was hospitalized on Tuesday night after suffering what is believed to be 'a severe allergic reaction' to antibiotics medication. The 21-year-old Bangerz…

News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

Local

D.A. Williams opens new unit to focus exclusively…

D.A. Seth Williams announced Tuesday that he has opened a new unit focused entirely on investigating wrongful conviction claims.

Entertainment

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas concert, condition unknown,…

Singer Miley Cyrus was hospitalized on Tuesday night after suffering what is believed to be 'a severe allergic reaction' to antibiotics medication. The 21-year-old Bangerz…

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Going Out

Here's what to do in Philly this weekend

FILM 'Through a Lens Darkly'  Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m. Philadelphia Photo Arts Center 1400 N. American St. Free, RSVP required, 215-232-5678 www.philaphotoarts.org Join Philadelphia…

Arts

Peek behind the scenes at the Academy of…

Generations of visitors have marveled at the dioramas in the Academy of Natural Sciences, watching apprehensively at the puma perpetually poised to attack the unsuspecting…

U.S. Soccer

Andrew Wenger has big shoes to fill on…

Lancaster County native Andrew Wenger will feel pressure to fill the shoes of departer forward Jack McInerney.

NBA

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could…

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could the Mavericks surprise?

NBA

Sixers, Michael Carter-Williams give fans a happy ending…

The 2013-14 season for the 76ers has nearly come to a close.

NHL

Flyers must make Rangers feel their presence

Perhaps it’s the proximity of the two biggest cities in the East, because whenever these two square off the intensity seems to rise.

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Style

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.

Tech

Google Glass finally goes on sale for regular…

The Google Glass finally went on sale for regular people. It only costs $1,500.