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Get your game notes: Flyers at Penguins

Nov 13, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 3: Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is introduced prior to the game against the New Jersey Devils on October 3, 2013 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Philadelphia Flyers starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Penguins led the NHL in goals per game in 2011-12 (3.33) and 2012-13 (3.38). However, scoring is down half a goal (2.88, T-10th) through 17 games of the 2013-14 season. Three of their most dependable goal-scorers are in the midst of significant goal droughts:

Sidney Crosby: 7 games (longest since a career-long 12-game drought, 11/23/11 – 3/22/12)
Evgeni Malkin: 10 games (longest since a career-long 11-game drought, 12/27/09 – 1/14/10)
Pascal Dupuis: 11 games (longest since a 17-game drought, 12/29/11 – 2/5/12)

• Crosby has registered at least one point in 193 of 246 (78.5%) career regular-season games in Pittsburgh. In total, he has 382 points (1.55 points/game) at home.

• The Flyers have scored the fewest goals (31) in the NHL, at a rate of 1.82 per game (29th in the NHL). They have scored two or fewer goals in all but three of their 17 games. Their franchise-lows in each category came in their first two seasons: 173 goals (1967-68) and 2.29 goals per game (1968-69).

• Since the 2004-05 lockout, only three active goaltenders have more wins on home ice in the regular season than the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury. (Note: Recently-retired Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff tops the below-mentioned, with 174 wins.) (Elias Sports Bureau)
1. Roberto Luongo, Vancouver – 163
2. Henrik Lundqvist, N.Y. Rangers – 162
3. Martin Brodeur, New Jersey – 154
4. Fleury, Pittsburgh – 149

• Fleury has 68 wins in his last 100 regular-season starts (68-26-4), the most by an active goaltender in the NHL. Only Ray Emery (tonight’s possible goalie for the Flyers), Tim Thomas, Corey Crawford (all 59), Henrik Lundqvist and Roberto Luongo (58) have more than 58 wins during that span.

• In the Modern Era (1967-present), 212 different players have accumulated 200 or more penalty minutes in a single season. 26 did so for the Flyers (the most by any team) and 13 did so for the Penguins. Two – Dave Schultz and Rick Tocchet – did so for both teams.

• The spirit of the “Broad Street Bullies” apparently lives in Philadelphia. Since 2008-09, the Flyers have led the NHL in number of penalties four times, and in total penalty minutes three times.


  1. hockey412 - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    I hear they’re pairing up Letang and Maatta…hopefully they’ve trained Olli how to play defense by himself while his partner is playing right wing. I respect Letang’s athletic ability but pairing him with a rookie might not be the best idea, he hasn’t been in a hurry to get back on D when he joins the rush (every rush) this year.

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      That is why the loss of scuderi is pretty significant. He is the perfect fit to play with letang.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      The only reason I can see this being a good idea is if they hope that Letang will play slightly more conservatively knowing he has the 19 year old opposite him. The fact of the matter is that Letang would do well to freelance a little less. Opportunities will arise for him to join the rush and use his athletic ability, but he shouldn’t be rushing and pinching all the time.

      • hockey412 - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        I hope he does. I think it’s obvious that he’s trying to make up points since he was injured, but I wish for the sake of his defensive play that was less important to him. He’s a minus-4 since back – and a lot of that was because he was trapped up-ice.

      • hazlydose - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        That seemed to work last year when Letang was paired with Despres. Side note, what does it say about our “Norris candidate” defense man if we pair him with a rookie and expect the 19 year old to be the responsible one?

  2. blackandorangeforlife - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Lets go Flyers….And enough with the Broad St Bullies….Columbus had more fighting Majors last year….Are they the new bullies?…..Sure the Flyers can and will fight but it’s not like it’s the only thing they do!

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      True but they do lead the league in penalty minutes so far this year. Least they have the lead in some stat category though!

      • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        They are always near the top in Pim’s something that will probably never change….But it’s not like the hit the ice swinging all the time!

      • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        In fact last time the led the league in Majors was 09-10

      • curioustraveler13 - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        All valid points. Just out of curiosity was that the year ray emery was a flyer too?

      • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Yes…..But he had 2 penalty minutes in 29 games so he was a non issue!

      • mcphillthy - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        Lol. What a coincidence! Too bad we can’t see emery and flower throw down tonight. Imagine the rivalry after that

      • curioustraveler13 - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        That was the last time fleury threw down haha. Not going to lie I want to see it , but I don’t know if fleury would win that one.

  3. steelers88 - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Starting to get a little worried about the scoring droughts.

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Spoken like a true novice fan

    • mcphillthy - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      It took Roo 16 games, man…it’s not like they forgot how to play hockey. It just happens. Curious is right… novice. :)

  4. President Charles Logan - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    lets the chest pounding begin boys lol

  5. antmel30 - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    I don’t even know if this site even exist without flyers and pens. They would have no comments or articles. Go flyers hope game is entertaining. In order for rivalry to be fun you need guys like Crosby malkin or giroux. To score so you can hate them more. That’s what fuels fires and keeps it going.

    • pxland - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Don’t worry. Despite the center of the hockey universe no doubt existing somewhere in Pa. there are other fans here.

  6. mcphillthy - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Pittsburgh is just as obnoxious as us they just don’t want to admit it

    • drone501 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      ok i admit it. lol

  7. c1md6 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Gmoney with 3 points tonight, 5-2 Flyers over the babies. Book it.

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