PHILADELPHIA (TICKER) —The Philadelphia Flyers look to continue their home success against the Pittsburgh Penguins when the teams play the opener of a home-and-home series at the First Union Center on Saturday.
Philadelphia is 18-1-0 in its last 19 home encounters with Pittsburgh and improved to 79-16-7 all time at home against the Penguins with a 4-2 win on March 20, when John LeClair scored twice and former Penguin Mark Recchi collected three assists.
The Flyers are four points behind first-place New Jersey in the Atlantic Divison. Both teams have five games remaining.
Philadelphia is 5-2-2 since acquiring Tony Amonte from the Phoenix Coyotes on March 10. Amonte and his former Chicago Blackhawks and high school teammate Jeremy Roenick have combined for 10 goals and 22 points since the deal.
Roenick set up Amonte’s two tallies in Thursday’s 2-2 tie with the Boston Bruins.
Pittsburgh snapped its 16-game winless slide as Martin Straka and Tomas Surovy scored two power-play goals in a 3-1 road win over the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Mario Lemieux sat out with a back injury.
The teams conclude the season series Monday in Pittsburgh.