Thursday evening the Pittsburgh Penguins (16-8-4, 36 points) head to the Wells Fargo Center to take on the Philadelphia Flyers (16-7-3, 35 points) in the latest installment of an in-state, Atlantic Division rivalry. NHL Network will have the national telecast at 7 Eastern, while Root Sports carries the game locally. It's the first meeting of the season between the teams; Philadelphia won the 2010/11 series, 4-2.
Most recently, the Penguins lost to the Boston Bruins, 3-1, on Monday evening. Bruins goalie Tim Thomas recorded 45 saves in 46 chances, nearly handing the Penguins without a goal for the first time this season.
The Flyers, meanwhile, have won three straight games and five of their last six overall. They're playing on the second night of a back-to-back set, having defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 5-4, in overtime Wednesday. The Flyers rallied from a 3-0 deficit they faced in the first period, and Claude Giroux, the NHL's leader in points, scored the winning goal.